This third book in the authoritative BACP Legal Resources for Counsellors and Psychotherapists series provides a user-friendly guide to the law for all those practicing and training in the counseling profession.

Barbara Mitchels and Tim Bond make legal issues relevant and bring them alive for the practitioner. Packed with practical examples, this book covers essential areas of law for practitioners including

Professional ethics and standards; Negligence; Contracts and premises; Employment and insurance; Dealing with legal claims; Professional diligence

Other features include a glossary, tables and flowcharts, as well as a comprehensive index of resources and organizations for additional information and guidance. This readable book helps practice managers, counselors and psychotherapists to recognize, understand and address legal issues that may arise in their practice, and assists them in finding any additional resources they may need.

Demystifying the law, this book is an authoritative guide for therapists, including those working in private practice, as well as being important reading for all those studying counseling, psychotherapy or clinical psychology.

Law and Ethics

Law and ethics

It would not be correct to say that every moral obligation involves a legal duty; but every legal duty is founded on a moral obligation.

Lord Chief Justice Coleridge in R v Instan [1893] 1 QB at 453 (in Mason and Laurie 2006)

In the Introduction, there was a glimpse of how one situation can give rise to a wide variety of rights, duties and legal actions in both criminal and civil law. This chapter explores how some of the different areas of law relate to each other. We also explore the legal system in England and Wales in 1.2 below. This book covers Northern Ireland, Scotland and other jurisdictions where specifically stated.

As an illustration, imagine an alleged breach of confidentiality where ...

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