As a member of the Vaud Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association, we are bound by the rules and regulations and discipline of these bodies, as well as the rules of professional conduct for Barristers contained in the Swiss Code of Ethics, and Practices of the Vaud Bar association (UBV).
Among the ethical rules are those of professional secrecy and the independence of the lawyer.
Professional secrecy is defined by Article 15 of the Swiss Code of Ethics (CSD).
"The Barrister is bound by professional secrecy, with respect to any person and without time limit, for all matters entrusted to him in the practice of his profession. Even if he has been released from it, he can not be obliged to reveal a secret, if he considers it necessary to safeguard his client's interests. He requires identical secrecy standards from his employees and consultants."
Professional secrecy is also guaranteed by art. 13 of the Federal Law on the Free Movement of Lawyers (LLCA). Its violation is sanctioned specifically by art. 321 of the Swiss Criminal Code.
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