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LIV proposes reformulation of harassment rule in Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules

LIV proposes reformulation of harassment rule in Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules

By LIV Diversity, Ethics, and Human Rights Committees

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Responding to a memorandum from the Law Council of Australia (LCA), the LIV has proposed a revised wording of Rule 42 of the Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules (ASCR).

Rule 42 of the ASCR concerns anti-discrimination and harassment in the workplace. The LCA created a revised wording of the Rule in response to the submissions and consultations flowing from the National Round Table Addressing Sexual Harassment, and the National Action Plan to Reduce Sexual Harassment in the Australian legal profession.

The LCA sought public consultation on their reformulated wording of Rule 42, to which the LIV provided a submission.

Informed by the LIV Diversity, Ethics, and Human Rights Committees, the LIV has proposed the following wording:

42.1 A solicitor must not in the course of legal practice, or in connection with legal practice, engage in unlawful conduct which constitutes:
42.1.1 discrimination;
42.1.2 sexual harassment; or
42.1.3 workplace bullying.

The full submission to the LCA may be accessed here.

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LIV Diversity Committee
Matthew Fanning, Paralegal
mfanning@liv.asn.au
(03) 9607 9379 


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