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Lawyers who maintain separate and independent practices but share certain office facilities, including reception area, conference rooms, library, computer systems, and receptionist and secretarial personnel, may represent adverse parties so long as the following precautions are met:

  1. There shall be no common access to the case files;
  2. There shall be no common access to any computerized data relating to the case;
  3. No secretary shall be allowed to work on the case for both parties;
  4. All common employees shall be informed of the adverse representation and the extreme sensitivity to the maintenance of confidentiality; and
  5. Each client shall give his/her consent to the adverse representation after full disclosure of all facts relating to the common practice area.

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