firm like ACCRA. My entire career has been confined within two law firmsthen transforming into institutional law firms.
Our Code of Professional Responsibility does not detail a lawfirm’s responsibility for its partners or lawyers’ unethical behavior.
TheAmerican Bar Association (ABA), on the other hand, recommends thefollowing Model Rule:
LAW FIRMS AND ASSOCIATESRule 5.1
Responsibilities of Partners, Managers, and Supervisory Lawyers
(a)A partner in a law firm, and a lawyer who individuallyor together with other lawyers possesses comparable managerialauthority in a law firm, shall make
to ensure thatthe firm has in effect measures giving
that alllawyers in the firm conform to the Rules of ProfessionalConduct.(b)A lawyer having direct supervisory authority overanother lawyer shall make
to ensure that the otherlawyer conforms to the Rules of Professional Conduct.(c)A lawyer shall be responsible for another lawyer’sviolation of the Rules of Professional Conduct if:(1)the lawyer orders or, with knowledge of the specificconduct, ratifies the conduct involved; or(2)the lawyer is a partner or has comparable managerialauthority in the law firm in which the other lawyer practices, or
The only rule I found which mentions the terms “firm”, “partners” and “associates” is Rule21.04: “A lawyer may disclose the affairs of a client of the firm to partners or associates thereof unlessprohibited by the client.”
Solatan vs. Inocentes, AC No. 6504, 466 SCRA 1, 19 n.16, Aug. 9, 2005.