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Sustaining professional ethics in legal business

Mohamed, Duryana (2023) Sustaining professional ethics in legal business. In: 8th International Conference on Governance and Accountability 2023 (ICGA2023), 20th - 21st July 2023, Hotel UiTM, Shah Alam, Malaysia.

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Lawyers are legal professionals who offer their services by using their legal knowledge, skills, and expertise to people, and in return, they will get a certain number of profits or money. Lawyers who own legal firms, either as a sole proprietor or as a partner in a partnership firm, are required to observe business ethics which include being honest, responsible, willing to cooperate, and maintaining integrity and dignity in the legal profession. In Malaysia, lawyers are governed by the Legal Profession Act 1976 (LPA), Rules and Rulings of the Bar Council, and other relevant laws such as the Partnership Act 1961, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, and Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 (AMLATFA). They must also follow specified Rules in managing their firms and clients’ accounts when keeping accounting records. Thus, it is important to ensure the legal firm and its accounts reports are properly managed only by competent employees and reliable accountants. Failure to manage their finances may affect their business survival. Lawyers also are not able to continue their practice if the account report is not submitted when applying for renewal of their Sijil Annual and the Practising Certificate (PC). This paper seeks to study the importance of having proper business management and observing ethics in legal business as well as the consequences of failure to maintain proper business ethics and conduct. The study applies qualitative methods in obtaining the result. The findings show that many lawyers have violated business ethics while providing legal services to people and their misconduct has affected their business, profession, and their clients.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Slide Presentation)
Uncontrolled Keywords: lawyers, services, business, ethics, legal
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration > HF5387 Business ethics
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration > HF5546 Office management
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG4001 Financial management. Business finance. Corporation finance.
K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > K1001 Commercial Law
K Law > K5000 Criminal Law
K Law > K623 Civil Law
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Legal Practice
Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
Depositing User: Dr Duryana Mohamed
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2023 16:11
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2023 16:11
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/105796

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