In countries outside the developed world, although writers have written commentaries on specific legal codes, very little attention has been given to legal writing which has focused specifically on the ethics of the legal profession. This book makes a special contribution in that regard providing, as it does, a comparative study of prevailing efforts to enhance ethical standards in a profession potentially in crisis and under much public scrutiny. Countries which have been examined include the UK, the US, Canada, South Africa, and countries in the Pacific, South East Asia and the Caribbean. Valuable guidance and learning are provided on such topical issues as wasted costs orders, conflicts of interests, legal and judicial codes, confidentiality, privilege and the ethics of the criminal process, where the jury system comes in for critical evaluation. This book will be a valuable text on the ethics and status of the profession. It will be of considerable interest to law students, practitioners and legal academics, Bar Associations, Attorneys-General and Directors of Public Prosecutions as well as members of the judiciary.
Sir Fred Phillips is a former Cabinet Secretary in the Federal Government of the West Indies and a former Governor of St Kitts/Nevis/Anguilla. He is a Barrister of the Middle Temple and a Queen's Counsel who practised in the fields of commercial law and constitutional law. In recent years he served as Chairman of Constitutional Review Commissions for Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis as well as Antigua and Barbuda. He now serves mainly as a legal consultant to governments and international bodies on ethics and constitutional affairs.