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There is a widespread perception in popular culture, literature, philosophy and in the day to day business of law that even when acting with good conduct, dishonesty and deviousness are displayed by lawyers. This book sets out the principles that comprise the standard conception of the lawyer's role and argues that the moral implications of the conception are mischaracterized.
It suggests that instead of abandoning the conception, lawyers should acknowledge the criticisms levied and should defend a role-differentiated conception of their professional ethical obligations. This in turn will provide protection for clients, guidance for lawyers and will stengthen the respectability and professionalism of the law profession.