As part of the Ethics & Professionalism module, you are asked to question the code of conduct within practice. These are a couple of theoretical situations that were put to us; I would put my answers next to them but they contained far too many swear words for a blog without a parental guidance waning. What is slightly worrying though is that with the downturn in the economy and serious lack of jobs at the moment, these quite ridiculous situations are far more likely to be a reality than ever before.

You are offered a job by a practice that you admire but the director of the firm says you will not be salaried but will need to be working freelance/self employed.  He tells you that this will be to your advantage as well as his – by the way – you will not be getting anything in writing!.

You are in practice and working on a project on a site that you used at college.  You have a copy of the end of year show book and were very impressed with a project completed by someone else in your year.  You think that you might ‘re-cycle’ the proposal.

You meet an old friend in a pub and they tell you they have been offered a really good project by a local developer but they don’t have enough resource to do it.  You have a small practice which is short of work – you know this developer because you are a member of the same tennis club.  Any thoughts????

You are in the process of agreeing terms for a new project.  It is big client and you would like to have them as a repeat client in the future.  They are negotiating you down on the fees below the point that you know you can afford.  What do you do?

You are a young assistant working  in a high profile practice.  You are asked to be part of the ‘community engagement’ process prior to submitting the planning application.  You are required to help put together the statement of community consultation.  You really enjoy the workshop days and feel the local residents raised some very important issues.  They had real insight into the area and the scheme as proposed will fail to meet their aspirations and may even contribute to the problems they are facing.  You speak to the associate who tells you it was all ‘window dressing’.  The scheme is designed – forget it – it is all part of just getting the job done – and can you work this weekend?  What do you think?  What do you do?