In March 2018, we issued a warning message on the use of NSOs, which shows how our principles are taken into account when developing such agreements. Its content also applies to confidentiality clauses contained in agreements that resolve all types of disputes. We are aware that these clauses should not be used either: it may be appropriate for the agreement itself to determine in practice which information is not prohibited by the confidentiality clause. In our response to the recent consultation with the Ministry of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on Confidentiality Clauses, we noted that several stakeholders have proposed that the agreements contain, in clear and clear language, disclosures that cannot prohibit confidentiality clauses. We recognize from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) that NDAs and confidentiality clauses are often used legally. However, it appears that they are often used regularly in agreements to regulate all types of rights and, all too often, standard clauses that are inappropriate are used when there is no justification. But while much of the media`s attention has focused on the use of NDAs in cases of sexual harassment, their use is not limited to these cases. Confidentiality clauses are a common feature of commercial and other dispute settlement agreements. The concerns expressed about the NOA in cases of sexual misconduct also apply to its use in these agreements. “The court was not asked whether the clause was applicable, but whether it was an attempt to prevent Mr.
Cosser from filing a complaint [to the SRA], particularly if he believed he would face a heavy financial liability for breach.” Trust in lawyers and law firms rests on the profession that maintains the rule of law and acts with integrity. I hope that if I did NDAs on Google in a few years, the negative headlines will be gone. The problem has attracted political attention. Last month, the results of an investigation by the House of Commons Committee on Women and Equal Opportunity were published. In analysing the use of the NOA in cases of discrimination and harassment in the workplace, the Committee expressed concern about the adverse effects that noA can have on the lives of ordinary people. He concluded that “this culture of concealment must be called into question.” Our expectations are well established in this area. Therefore, while we have received more complaints about the inappropriate use of the NDA, which are undoubtedly related to the growing public profile of this issue, our rules have not changed. The principles of SRA 2011 define the main ethical requirements of the companies we regulate and the people working in those companies. You must: In looking at the incorrect application of confidentiality clauses, we have seen a number of provisions that are of concern. They contain clauses that: In the case of the solicitors regulator last year, Alexis Maitland Hudson, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal reviewed a confidentiality clause that regulates a commercial claim. He said that we would continue to update these guidelines and work with regulated individuals and businesses, as well as other regulators, to develop best practices.