Conflicts Learning Module

Introduction and Objectives

The objectives of the Conflicts module are to:
  • learn to recognize conflicts of interest and prevent them from occurring; and
  • learn the essential elements in establishing a successful conflicts checking system.

Navigating this Module

This module features these components:
Written Material: The module begins with a discussion on conflicts of interest. Various aspects are examined, including:
  • procedure for acting for multiple clients;
  • circumstances in which a lawyer may act against a current or former client; and
  • circumstances in which a lawyer’s personal interest may conflict with the interest of a client.
Also covered are conflicts issues that arise when lawyers transfer between law firms. The written material concludes with a discussion of setting up and operating a successful conflicts checking system.
Although we aim to present a comprehensive module, this module is not exhaustive. This module is not a substitute for exercising professional judgment and does not constitute legal advice.
Test: The test for this module features fact patterns and a question.  Test questions are drawn from the written material.
This module was updated in July 2017. As you read through this module, if you find any information that is unclear, inaccurate or outdated, please advise the Law Society.


The information contained in these modules, including references to websites, appendices or links, has been prepared to assist readers as they develop or refresh their skills in the various areas of law covered by the modules. Given the changing nature of the law, readers should exercise their own skill and professional judgment when using the content. Always refer to the most current statutes, regulations, and practice directions, as well as the most recent case law and any other appropriate sources. These materials do not provide legal advice and should not be relied on in any way.
  1. Conflicts: The Basics

  2. Conflicts: The Basics (continued)

  3. What is a Conflict of Interest?

  4. What Is a Conflict of Interest? (continued)

  5. Who Is My Client?

  6. Conflicts and the Courts

  7. Acting for Two or More Clients

  8. Acting for Two or More Clients (continued)

  9. Consent

  10. Acting Against Former Clients

  11. Transferring Between Law Firms

  12. Transferring Between Law Firms (continued)

  13. Conflicts Between Lawyer & Client

  14. Setting Up a Conflicts System

  15. Operating a Conflicts System

  16. End of Lesson