Refuse undertakings

Can I refuse a request from my client to give an undertaking?

Chapter 11 of the solicitors’ code of conduct makes it clear there is no obligation to give or receive an undertaking on behalf of a client.

You should also have regard to the CILEx code of conduct, ensuring that no conflict or significant risk of a conflict of interest may arise.

If you do not want to give an undertaking because it is possible that the firm will not be able to comply with it, you should decline to do so and explain the situation to your client.

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