About the book

cover of So You Think You're An Ethical Solicitor?

Practical guidance on how to practice ethically within the new SRA Standards & Regulations

Published April 2020
Paperback, 291 pages
ISBN 978-1-9164315-7-7

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has made ethical practice a cornerstone of its new Standards and Regulations that come into operation on 25th November 2019.

The new light touch regime requires that solicitors take on much greater responsibility for their own actions, acting ethically at all times. Those who fall short of the high professional standards expected, both when acting in a professional capacity and in personal daily life, run the risk of both adverse publicity and regulatory censure.

This 2nd edition* of this unique book explains what ethical legal practice means in daily life and how that fits with the new SRA regime. It is not a strict law book. Instead it uses a wealth of real world examples, hypothetical scenarios and illustrations to ground the SRA requirements firmly within the tricky situations legal practitioners encounter every day. This new edition is also enhanced with a new chapter on the ethics of using lawtech in your practice, a minefield especially when using AI to help decision-making.

In doing so the book not only helps you minimise the risks of an investigation (or worse) but also helps you become a more confident practitioner when faced with potential ethical traps.

Written in a straightforward approachable style, with colourful diagrams and flowcharts to illustrate the key messages, it also covers the evolving use of social media, legal technology and ADR. All this makes the book essential reading for solicitors, trainees, law firm staff and law students everywhere and at every level of seniority.

*1st edition was titled How to Be An Ethical Solicitor


  • Introduction
  • Rules-based ethics
  • Virtue ethics – behaving ethically
  • The client is king
  • You v The rest of the world
  • Complaints and negligence
  • The ethics of social media
  • Litigation v ADR
  • NEW: Lawtech & Ethical Practice

About the Authors

Mena Ruparel is both a practising solicitor and an experienced legal trainer with a mission to maintain the professional standards of the legal profession for the benefit of both the public and practitioners. Insights gathered from years at the front line have been distilled in this book.

Richard Burnham is a solicitor, legal blogger and lawtech developer so is ideally placed to look at the ethical risks of using technology and social media.

What the readers say

“How to be an Ethical Solicitor by Mena and Richard brings the SRA Code of Conduct alive. For practitioners and students entering the profession, the Code is what we live and breathe. Mena and Richard provide an insight into the Code from their experiences with examples not otherwise always readily available. I particularly benefited from the chapter on social media which is new and upcoming in the legal world.

My students have definitely benefited from the quote ‘Know the right thing, Do the right thing, For the right reason’
Aruna Verma, Tutor, University of Law

“This is a must read book for Compliance Officers for Legal Practice (COLP) and Compliance Officers for Financial Administration (COFA), and for every solicitor to understand that the flexibility of the code still requires a analysis of actions.”
Law Society Family Section