Codes of Practice for laworld members

1. Publicity and ethics

1.1 Members shall avoid adverse publicity, both for LAWorld, other member firms and their own law firms.

1.2 Members shall impose the obligations from article 1.1 upon those they employ or hire.

1.3 Members shall only seek publicity when this is in accordance with the wishes, the interest of their clients and in conformity with the rules of their national law society.

1.4 Members shall abide with the laws and codes of their national law society.

1.5 Members shall endeavour to represent and refer only clients of good standing.

2. Business referral procedures

2.1 On receipt of a business referral, acknowledgement will be given within three working days.

2.2 Referral work must always be the subject of an engagement letter to be issued by the member firm to whom the work is referred. The following items must be included in the engagement letter or in a covering letter sent with the engagement letter:

(a) a description of the work to be undertaken.

(b) nature of independent contractual relationship and responsibilities.

(d) a statement indicating the professional indemnity insurance which is required in the jurisdiction, and the amount which is actually held by the firm.

(e) the name of the partner responsible for carrying out the work together with details of staff assigned.

(f) the hourly charge-out rates applicable. Copies of engagement letters must be made available to referring firms upon request.

2.3 A partner must always be responsible for satisfactory completion of the work referred by another member.

2.4 No member shall conduct business in the name of LAWorld but only in the name of their own independent firm.

2.5 Members shall not refer work where they foresee that the client will not be able to settle the fees. Settlement of the fees, however, is the responsibility of the member to whom the work is referred. Members to whom work is referred will generally ask for an advance payment and the referring law firm will inform the client accordingly.

2.6 Members shall not accept referrals for which they do not have the necessary expertise. In that case they will recommend another law firm that has the required expertise.

2.7 After having received all the necessary information, members will give their first opinion as to the referred case, to the client within 10 working days.

2.8 The referring and the referred law firm will agree the manner, form and extent to which information is communicated either directly or indirectly with the client.


LAWorld News

Seattle LAWorld member firm adds three new lawyers to its litigation team

Eric Chavez has joined the firm as a litigation attorney.  Mr. Chavez practices primarily in the area of insurance defense.  His broad experience includes defending individual and commercial policyholders in lawsuits arising from motor vehicle accident, premises liability, construction defect, and timber trespass claims. Prior to joining Betts Patterson & Mines, P.S., Chavez was employed by Liberty Mutual, and represented their subsidiaries, including Safeco Insurance Company. Mr. Chavez earned his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2009. Prior to law school, Chavez worked as a claims representative for two national insurers. 

Shaina R. Johnson has joined the firm as a litigation attorney.   Ms. Johnson focuses her practice on complex litigation and insurance defense.  Her wide range of specialties includes professional liability, transportation law, employment law, premises liability and general business litigation. Ms. Johnson earned her J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University where she was a member of the American University Law Review. 

Kathryn N. Boling has joined the firm as a litigation attorney.   Ms. Boling represents insurers on coverage and bad faith matters. Prior to joining Betts Patterson & Mines, P.S., Kathryn spent almost four years at the Civil Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. While there she specialized in defending complex environmental contamination cases filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Prior to that, Ms. Boling served as a judicial law clerk to Judge David Armstrong at Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals in Tacoma. Ms. Boling earned her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2007.

“We are delighted to welcome these highly regarded insurance litigation attorneys to our team at Betts Patterson & Mines. We look forward to growing our firm through new talent, and know that our clients will be in capable hands,” commented Managing Shareholder, Larry Gottlieb.

The attorneys of Betts Patterson & Mines, P.S. are sought out for their problem-solving skills and for their expertise in serving the legal needs of both large and small businesses, as well as individuals.  For more information, please call +1 206 292-9988 or email jnelson@bpmlaw.com or jbraislin@bpmlaw.com

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