(e): After accepting employment on behalf of a client, a lawyer shall not thereafter delegate to another lawyer not in the lawyer’s firm the responsibility for performing or completing that employment, without the client’s informed consent.

Comment 15: However, the rule “is intended to curtail abuses that occasionally occur when a lawyer attempts to transfer complete or substantial responsibility for a matter to an unaffiliated lawyer without the client’s awareness or consent.The Rule is designed to clarify the lawyer’s obligation to complete the employment contemplated unless the client gives informed consent to substitution by an unaffiliated lawyer.The Rule is not intended to prohibit lawyers from hiring lawyers outside of their firm to perform certain services on the client’s or the law firm’s behalf.Nor is it intended to prevent lawyers from engaging lawyers outside of their firm to stand in for discrete events in situations such as personal emergencies, illness or schedule conflicts.”

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