Guidelines

The Law Society has developed an extensive library of Ethics and other Guidelines for the use of all South Australian legal practitioners.

The purpose of the Guidelines is to provide practitioners with a starting point for seeking information about certain scenarios, but they are not an exhaustive statement of all ethical obligations or all factual circumstances. 

If you need specific advice in relation to a certain set of facts, please contact the Ethics and Practice business unit for advice that suits your particular circumstances.
 
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Nov 14, 2019 – This Guide is designed to provide an overview of the development of the AML/CTF regime in Australia. The first sections set out the history of the regime and describe some of the obligations and sanctions that apply to reporting entities covered by t
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Nov 14, 2019 – The Law Society of South Australia has developed the following guidelines which set out the rights and responsibilities of police and legal practitioners whilst the suspect remains on police premises
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Sep 21, 2020 – In its 2017 report, Elder Abuse: A National Legal Response, the Australian Law Reform Commission proposed that best practice guidelines be developed for legal practitioners in relation to the preparation and execution of wills and other advance plann
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May 26, 2020 – Bidding for legal work and engaging with legal brokers raises ethical issues that require consideration by legal practitioners before participation.
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Nov 11, 2019 – Guidelines relating to Bullying, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment adopted by the Council at its meeting on 4 November 2019
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Feb 2, 2021 – This is also a practical guide to assist legal practitioners when they have doubts about their client’s “legal” capacity to give them instructions or to make their own legal decisions. This may be because of illness, intellectual disability, mental
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Nov 14, 2019 – The purpose of these Guidelines is to provide practitioners with a starting point for seeking general information about their professional obligations surrounding cloud computing.
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Nov 14, 2019 – These Guidelines are for legal practitioners who operate a practice from home, but can also assist those practitioners working from home away from their office in relation to issues of client confidentiality and privacy, and duties to the court and t
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Feb 1, 2021 – Crowd-funding has obvious access to justice benefits and can be a valid and valuable source of funding for legal services. 2. The purpose of this document is to improve understanding of crowd-funding and highlight the relevant ethical and profession
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Nov 14, 2019 – The purpose of this Guideline is to provide legal practitioners with a starting point for exploring the risks and opportunities presented by cryptocurrency.
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Jun 1, 2020 – This is also a practical guide to assist legal practitioners when they have doubts about their client’s “legal” capacity to give them instructions or to make their own legal decisions. This may be because of illness, intellectual disability, mental
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Apr 30, 2020 – These guidelines, which have been established at the instigation of the Society’s Young Lawyers’ Committee, seek to outline the dress standards generally accepted by the courts and as to acceptable interpretation of the standards. Practitioners are e
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Nov 14, 2019 – The purpose of this Guideline is to provide practitioners with a starting point for seeking general information. It is not an exhaustive statement of all the relevant ethical obligations that might apply to specific circumstances.
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Jun 9, 2021 – The purpose of these Guidelines is to provide practitioners with a starting point for seeking general information about their professional obligations surrounding cloud computing.
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Nov 14, 2019 – The purpose of this Guideline is to provide practitioners with a starting point for seeking general information regarding the employment of Paralegals/ Specialist Law Clerks.
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Nov 14, 2019 – Social media presents both opportunities and challenges for legal practitioners by easily and inexpensively allowing legal practitioners to interact with others and the public generally. The purpose of these Guidelines is to assist practitioners in a
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Nov 14, 2019 – The Law Council of Australia supports measures to improve the retention within the profession of women barristers and wishes to ensure the efficacy of the existing Law Council equitable briefing policy by amending that policy by the introduction of m
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Mar 17, 2020 – General Guidelines Between the Australian Federal Police and the Law Council of Australia as to the Execution of Search Warrants on Lawyers' Premises, Law Societies and like Institutions in Circumstances where a Claim of Legal Professional Privilege
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Nov 14, 2019 – The purpose of this Guideline is to provide practitioners with a starting point for seeking general information regarding handling the departure of a legal practitioner and the dissolution of law practices.
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Nov 14, 2019 – Their aim is to assist law practices guard against the risk of a breach of the duty of confidentiality owed to former clients.
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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.
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Jun 1, 2020 – Their aim is to assist law practices guard against the risk of a breach of the duty of confidentiality owed to former clients.
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Nov 14, 2019 – This document provides a set of six protocols, some related discussion and tips for a legal practice that is culturally attuned to Aboriginal peoples’ requirements. It is primarily aimed at lawyers who service Aboriginal people in South Australia whe
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Nov 14, 2019 – These Guidelines aim to assist providers of legal services to produce advertisements and promotional material that comply with ethical and statutory obligations, and therefore reduce the risk of a finding of misleading and deceptive conduct (whether
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Nov 14, 2019 – This Joint Statement represents an agreed position between the peak representative bodies of the medical and legal professions in this State as to what is expected of members of the medical profession and the legal profession when interactions occur