“Lawyers must keep their clients’ confidences and act with commitment to serving and protecting their clients’ legitimate interests. Both of these duties are essential to the due administration of justice.”
Canada (Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada, 2015 SCC 7 at para. 1
This recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada resolves nearly fifteen years of litigation regarding the lawyer’s role in protecting against anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing. This decision is significant to those interested in legal ethics on several points.
The Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (the . . . [more]