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A solicitor, Mr. Bennett, acts for his client, Lisa, who is found guilty of theft. Lisa asks Mr. Bennett to present a plea in mitigation on her behalf. At the hearing, Lisa gives the court a false address and date of birth to conceal the fact that she has previous convictions. Which of the following statements best describes what Mr. Bennett should do?

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According to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Code of Conduct, a solicitor must not knowingly or recklessly mislead the court. If a client provides false information, the solicitor must take steps to rectify the situation. Mr. Bennett should ask Lisa to correct the false information about her address and date of birth. If Lisa refuses to do so, Mr. Bennett should cease to act for her to avoid being complicit in misleading the court. This approach ensures adherence to ethical standards and the integrity of the legal profession. 

Key Point: This question highlights the ethical responsibilities of solicitors when dealing with clients who provide false information to the court. Understanding the requirements for maintaining honesty and integrity in legal proceedings is crucial for ensuring compliance with professional conduct rules.

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