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Old 05-27-2019, 11:07 PM
Northern Piper is offline
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In Canada we have a limited Chinese wall, to allow individual lawyers to transfer from one firm to another.

If Lawyer Smith works for Black and White, Barristers & Solicitors, but gets a job offer from Shades, Of, Grey, LLP, the Shades firm will inquire if Smith has worked on any files that involve Shades, and has any confidential information. If so, Smith will be segregated from those files, can't work on them, has to leave the room if they're discussed, and so on. But it's transitional: eventually that file will wrap up.

I've never heard of a case where a Chinese Wall is built in a firm on an ongoing basis to allow Smith to work on a file, against Jones in the same firm. That's an appearance of conflict and a breach of the firm's duty of loyalty to their client.
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