All of our workers, paid and unpaid, are aware of the strict duty of confidentiality in respect of all persons who are advised and assisted by the Law Centre. Breach of this condition of confidentiality may amount to professional misconduct. It is, however, a condition of our funding that files may be requested for audit. Individuals carrying out audits are bound by the same strict duty of confidentiality. There are also some circumstances where we would have a statutory duty (where we are required by law) to disclose information. These include:

  • Where we suspect that a child or vulnerable adult is being abused;
  • Where a client on state benefits discloses information that leads us to believe that benefit fraud may be taking place;
  • When we suspect money laundering is taking place.