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Richard Coleman QC and Chloe Carpenter appear in landmark regulatory case concerning honesty and integrity

The Court of Appeal has clarified the relationship between honesty and integrity for the purpose of professional codes of conduct in two appeals that were heard together, Solicitors Regulation Authority v Malins (Richard Coleman QC and Chloe Carpenter for the SRA) and Wingate & Evans v Solicitors Regulation Authority (Richard Coleman QC for the SRA).  The court disagreed with the decision of Mostyn J in Malins that honesty and integrity are indistinguishable concepts.   Whereas honesty is a basic moral quality expected of all members of society, in professional codes of conduct the requirement to act with integrity expresses the higher standards which society expects from professional persons and which the professions expect from their own members.  Integrity connotes adherence to the ethical standards of the profession.  The judgment is available here.