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Rules of Practice 1994 (S.R. 1994, No. 229)
Requested:  29 Apr 2017
Consolidated as at:  17 Mar 2006

12. Acting for more than one party

(1) A practitioner may act for more than one party to any proceedings or transaction.
(2) A practitioner must not accept instructions from more than one party to any proceedings or transaction unless the practitioner is satisfied on reasonable grounds that –

(a) each of the parties is aware that the practitioner intends to act for another party or parties; and

(b) each of the parties is aware that as a result of acting for more than one party –

(i) the practitioner may be prevented from disclosing to any one of those parties the full knowledge that the practitioner has of matters relevant to the proceedings or transaction; and

(ii) the practitioner may be prevented from giving advice to any one of those parties if that advice is contrary to the interest of any other party; and

(iii) the practitioner must cease to act for all parties if the practitioner determines that he or she is not able to continue to act for all parties without acting in a manner contrary to the interests of one or more of those parties; and

(c) each of the parties, with full knowledge of the matters referred to in paragraph (b), has consented to the practitioner acting for more than one party.

(3) A practitioner who is acting for more than one party to any proceedings or transaction must immediately cease to act for all parties if that practitioner determines that he or she is not able to continue to act for all parties without acting in a manner contrary to the interests of one or more of those parties.

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