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Ethics: Frank and fearless
Ethics: Frank and fearless

 Donna Cooper and Michael Dolan 01 Jun 2021

There are some unique ethical challenges that government lawyers may face.

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Ethics Committee rulings: Material witness
Ethics Committee rulings: Material witness

 LIV Ethics Committee 01 Jun 2021

Ethical dilemmas are part of everyday practice for solicitors. The Ethics Committee is available to help.

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Ethics: ‘Me Too’ on the character radar
Ethics: ‘Me Too’ on the character radar

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Jun 2021

Explicitly bringing sexual harassment into the fold of professional discipline reflects a change in character inquiry.

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Ethics: Dealing with self-represented litigants
Ethics: Dealing with self-represented litigants

 Carly Erwin 01 May 2021

A solicitor must be conscious of their competing ethical duties to the court and the administration of justice, their client and the self-represented litigant.

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VLSB+C: Take a step back
VLSB+C: Take a step back

 Fiona McLeay 01 May 2021

Lawyers must maintain professional boundaries.

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Ethics: Think before you tweet
Ethics: Think before you tweet

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Apr 2021

Lawyers who exercise their freedom of speech via tweeting secure no immunity from the professional consequences of offensive comments.

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Ethics: Terminating a retainer
Ethics: Terminating a retainer

 Carly Erwin 01 Mar 2021

A solicitor has a common law and ethical duty to complete a client engagement, and may only terminate it in accordance with their legal and ethical obligations.

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Reputation: Matters of trust
Reputation: Matters of trust

 Carolyn Ford 01 Feb 2021

In the wake of the Lawyer X scandal, Royal Commission recommendations around conduct of lawyers include strengthening access to ethical support. 

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Ethics: Lawyers and ‘alternative facts’
Ethics: Lawyers and ‘alternative facts’

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Feb 2021

Attacking the reputation of another person without adequate foundation, including by alleging fraud or criminality, can expose a lawyer to disciplinary sanction.

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Ethics Committee rulings: Client documents
Ethics Committee rulings: Client documents

 LIV Ethics Committee 01 Dec 2020

Ethical dilemmas are part of everyday practice for solicitors. The Ethics Committee is available to help.

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Ethics: considering secret lawyer recordings
Ethics: considering secret lawyer recordings

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Nov 2020

Is it ever legitimate for a lawyer to surreptitiously record a conversation to which he or she is a party?

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Ethics: Do what I say, or else …
Ethics: Do what I say, or else …

 Michael Dolan and Carly Erwin 01 Oct 2020

A solicitor should not use the threat of disciplinary action to pressure another solicitor to conform to a course of action.

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Ethics: Surreptitious recording – if legal, is it ethical?
Ethics: Surreptitious recording – if legal, is it ethical?

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Sep 2020

Changes in technology may alter expectations when it comes to recording conversations but it doesn’t mean surreptitious recording by lawyers is defensible.

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Ethics: When an attorney acts beyond their power
Ethics: When an attorney acts beyond their power

 Carly Erwin 01 Aug 2020

A solicitor may face an ethical dilemma where they suspect an attorney is seeking to abuse their power to the detriment of the principal.

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Contract law and statute: Good faith negotiations
Contract law and statute: Good faith negotiations

 Bryan Horrigan and Nicholas Young 01 Jul 2020

Obligations to negotiate in good faith are increasingly common and the precise scope and content of such obligations is under the spotlight. The enforceability of these obligations will be heavily influenced by the contractual context.

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