ethics4lawyers 

Boutique Ethics Training for Lawyers

We provide education and training to lawyers and other professionals regarding their ethical responsibilities.

Our customised ethics training adds value to our clients' businesses, and we have particular expertise in delivering highly interactive ethics and compliance training to lawyers in all practice areas, as well as financial advisors, super funds, government departments and other related professional services.
 

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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You are acting for two sisters who, with a third sister, were appointed as executors of their late mother’s Will.  Another solicitor is acting for the third sister.  Like many family feuds this one has survived the mother’s death and has spilled over into the administration of her estate. It all started to go wrong when your clients attended their late mother’s home and removed chattels including items of jewellery.  There are other beneficiaries under the Will.  What might you advise your clients to do to break the deadlock?

You are acting for a vendor in a commercial property conveyancing transaction. When you receive the settlement adjustment statement from the purchaser’s solicitors you notice that an arithmetical error of $986 has been made in your client’s favour in one of the adjustments. Do you simply allow the matter to settle on that basis and reduce your fees by $986 thereby earning yourself goodwill with your client.

You are about to start your legal career having recently been admitted to practice by a formal order of the Supreme Court. You are now an officer of the court and are very excited and looking forward to helping your clients. However, you also remember that you are joining an honourable profession and that ethical behaviour is a must in all of the work that you will carry out as a lawyer.  As you prepare to go into the office on your first day you think to yourself – if only I had a primer on ethics!