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Mar 1, 2012 – In this edition of the Bulletin, Bill Ericson and Mark Livesey QC provide insight into the obligations of solicitors with respect to costs and engaging counsel.
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Aug 30, 2016 – The purpose of this article is to remind practitioners of their professional obligations when representing clients in matters before a court. The professional obligations of legal practitioners are set out in the Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules
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Oct 30, 2014 – Corporate scandals and collapses are reminders that, in a modern corporate environment, business and legal ethics have become intrinsically connected.
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Oct 30, 2016 – I would like to make some respectful observations in relation to the topic addressed in the important article by Jonathan Wells QC in July 2016 (Vol 36 Iss 6) of the Bulletin entitles "Duty to Follow 'Proper' Instructions: What Interests of the Clien
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Jan 30, 2007 – Every profession has ethical duties that are usually documented in codes of conduct or government regulation. This paper discusses two duties that are shared by all professions. The first is the duty of confidence and exceptions to is. The second is
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Apr 30, 2016 – There is no denying that social media has changed and will continue to change the communication landscape. Legal practitioners can hardly avoid social media and therefore it has become increasingly
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Jul 1, 2018 – My office received a large number of complaints involving deceased estates. There are many reasons for them.
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Mar 1, 2018 – My article in the September 2016 edition of the Bulletin dealt with various issues relating to costs disclosure, costs agreements and bills. A recent decision of the Full Court of the Supreme Court is relevant in relation to some of those issues, and
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May 30, 2016 – About five years ago I was having a weekend lunch with friends. We were joined by a criminal barrister, a woman who is normally bright and effusive. On this occasion she was reflective and sombre. Even worse, as the lunch wore on she began to exhibit
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Apr 19, 2018 – A collection of Ethics Guidelines, publications and resources.
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Mar 2, 2009 – Back when life was simple, water was plentiful and firms were small, all the partners in even large law firms knew each other and probably everyone else on staff as well. There was never really any question in those days of acting against a forme
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Aug 31, 2018 – Bidding for legal work and engaging with legal brokers raises ethical issues that requireconsideration by legal practitioners before participation.
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May 30, 2012 – The core functions of the Professional Standards Section of the Law Society are to advise education and regulate the legal profession with respect to ethical and conduct issues' perform inspections of law practices
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Mar 1, 2018 – The Notifiable Data Breach Scheme imposes additional obligations on entities subject to the Australian Privacy Principles. You should carefully check whether your Law Practice is subject to the scheme. he Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Bre
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Apr 30, 2009 – In this era of environmental awareness no one would wish to discourage the practice of reusing paper or any other commodity. And legal practice must still be one of the more prolific users of paper even though many firms aim for a paperless office to
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Apr 1, 2018 – Sweeping changes to the Legal Practitioners Act 1981 (Act) were implemented on 1 July, 2014. The introduction of requirements with respect to "show cause events" was one of those changes.
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Jul 1, 2018 – According to recent research, a large percentage of Australian property lawyers are not aware of the scale of the risk of fraud in property transactions. This is worrying as there has been a huge amount of publicity surrounding those matters for some
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Jun 1, 2018 – Time limitation problems sometimes arise because practitioners are unaware of relevant time limitations. A good place to start in this regard if the recently updated Limitation Schedule which is available in the Law Society website.
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Aug 7, 2012 – The Committee is comprised of practising members of the profession, working in a wide range of jurisdictions and environments. It also includes five former Law Society Presidents.
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May 16, 2013 – Sometimes a prosecutor may not have a defendant's complete criminal history and you may be aware that your client has prior convictions.
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Sep 30, 2015 – Protection of client confidentiality is one of the cornerstones of the practitioner/client relationship. However sometimes practitioners are faced with situations where they may have to consider breaching that confidentiality.
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Aug 30, 2009 – Recently there was a report in the Advertiser criticising the State Crown because it has filed a defence to one of the "children in State care matters", specifically in relation to whether it had a duty of care to the children at the time.
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Dec 30, 2011 – The non-payment by solicitors of fees to "third parties" such as counsel, medical and other experts, risk assessors and process servers is of growing concern.
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Sep 12, 2011 – The Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules are the culmination of work undertaken over a period of two years by the Law Council of Australia and its constituent bodies to develop a single, uniform set of Australian Solicitor’s Conduct Rules.
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Aug 23, 2018 – The purpose of this Guideline is to provide legal practitioners with a starting point for identifying warning signs of insolvency in their practice, how to avoid or manage it and how it can impact upon their ability to practise law.