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In the midst of the rush to get overseas passports, Hong Kong people cast their eyes to countries far and near.  Some thought of Pollyanna, a small country in Europe.  Stories went round that there was a quick means to secure a Pollyannese passport.  They only had to make about $500,000 donation to a political party in Pollyanna as well as investing in the property market there.  In this way, they could bypass normal formalities and procure their passports in a short time.  Many people fell for the scheme and got hold of Pollyannese passports in this manner.


Michael was a solicitor who had been in the profession for a long time.  He was now a wealthy man enjoying great respect.  When one of his friends invited him to take on clients and help them to procure Pollyannese passports in this way, Michael began to ponder.


Should he assist in expediting normal procedures?  Would it be alright for him to participate in a shady scheme like this? As a legal professional, should he consider whether the means in achieving the ends were ethical from his professional perspective?

Case Analysis

Michael was facing an ethical dilemma that might put his personal values such as respect, compassion, responsibility and honesty to challenge. In handling the situation, Michael should identify the relevant facts and take stock of all stakeholders concerned. The following factors should be taken into consideration when identifying viable alternatives and choosing the best course of action:


  1. Any violations to her professional, industry specific, or company code of conduct.
  2. Is it against the Law?
  3. Does it correspond with his self-values such as honesty?
  4. Can he disclose his decision to others openly and honestly without misgivings?


The ETHICS PLUS ethical decision making model might be helpful for him in solving the dilemma.

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