This Ethics Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Tennessee has been requested to consider whether or not a barter system wherein legal services would be traded for other goods or services and after referral by a trade broker within the system and a fee charged on each transaction by the system would be in conflict with the Code of Professional Responsibility.
The general trading policies and procedures of the barter system provide, among other things, that
The more apparent conflicts stemming from this system are referral of legal matters to a lawyer by another person for compensation and it prohibits a lawyer from exercising independent professional judgment on behalf of his or her client.
It is the opinion of the Committee that a barter system structured such as this is in direct conflict with DR 2-103(B), (C) and (D), and DR 5-107(C) of the Code of Professional Responsibility and is in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated 29-308(2).
This 6th day of October, 1980.
George E. Morrow
W. H. Lassiter
APPROVED AND ADOPTED BY THE BOARD