ethics4lawyers 

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We advise, counsel and assist our lawyer clients in responding to daily ethical challenges in legal practice.

Our clients are Australian legal practitioners facing often complicated, difficult, and urgent ethical challenges in their daily work whether in private practice, in-house, or in government.

Ethics Hotline

Ethics in the age of Royal Commissions

By Michael Dolan
There is an urgent need for financial institutions to look inwards to their ethical obligations towards customers and shareholders and commit to honest and transparent behaviour in the future.  Only by doing so will they regain the trust of the public which has now been shown to have unravelled so badly to the detriment of Australian Society.


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Managing your ethical obligations when your client might be lying

By Donna Cooper
The Honourable Justice Margaret McMurdo stated in an address given in Queensland in 2013 ‘potential ethical dilemmas are infinite. Their resolution can be difficult and finely balanced, even for experienced practitioners and judges.’   One such delicate situation arises when a practitioner strongly suspects that their client may be lying whilst under cross-examination.


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By Michael Dolan.
You are acting for an international company which is the applicant in a Federal Court commercial dispute regarding patent rights and you have filed in court and served an affidavit prepared by you sworn by your client’s Australian manager.  The respondent’s solicitors have contacted you to advise that certain parts of your client’s affidavit are untrue and they provide you with clear documentary evidence supporting their position. What do you do? 

By Michael Dolan.  
You are acting for two friends who purchased a beach house together with a third friend some years ago, but a serious dispute has since arisen between the third friend and your clients as to the beneficial ownership of the property.  Legal proceedings against your clients have been commenced.  You have just received a letter from solicitors acting for the plaintiff demanding that you cease acting for your clients immediately on the basis that you are conflicted.  Must you cease acting?  What should you do? 

By Donna Cooper.
Quite often there are very few black and white answers when it comes to ethics.  As the Honourable Justice Margaret McMurdo stated in an address given in Queensland in 2013 ‘potential ethical dilemmas are infinite. Their resolution can be difficult and finely balanced, even for experienced practitioners and judges.’   One such delicate situation arises when a practitioner strongly suspects that their client may be lying whilst under cross-examination.