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Oct 16, 2012 – In an Audit Report for the period ended June 2011, the auditor notes that a practitioner had failed to make a required deposit to the Combined Trust Account (CTA) for the CTA period ended May 2011 and that no Notice of Withholding was provided to the
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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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Aug 25, 2014 – I know what you're thinking: "Not another article on Fees and Billing! Haven't we just had one of those?" Well, yes, but it was nearly two years ago. Given the commencement of the substantial amendments to the Legal Practitioners Act 1981 (LPA) relat
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Feb 15, 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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Jun 25, 2016 – The Ethics and Practice Unit has become aware of a growing and worrying trend in Australia whereby emails between lawyers and clients are being intercepted and criminals (or "fraudsters") are impersonating the clients and authorising payments from th
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Dec 1, 2017 – With people living longer, the issue relating to a client’s capacity to give instructions to make a Will has become a more prevalent problem. Legal practitioners are having to keep up with medical developments on cognitive disabilities to be comfo
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Feb 15, 2019 – The Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules were adopted by the Council of the Law Society of South Australia on 25 July 2011 and were the culmination of work undertaken over a period of two years by the Law Council of Australia and its constituent bodi
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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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Jun 6, 2012 – Mark Livesey's recent Bulletin article (February 2012) on the obligation of solicitors to meet the fees of barristers engaged, properly identified how a failure to meet that obligation can undermine the easy and important relationship usually enjoyed
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Feb 15, 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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Mar 14, 2019 – Collaborative Practice involves a written commitment by the lawyers and their clients to work together, collaboratively and in good faith, to negotiate a settlement. The clients agree that if a settlement can't be negotiated, then the case will be re
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Nov 30, 2012 – Law practice A acts for the mother who is an applicant in contested family law (parenting) proceedings. Law practice B acts for the respondent father in those proceedings.
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Jul 25, 2013 – As a part of the trust account inspection process, legal practitioners are asked to provide Professional Standards with a copy of their solicitor/client agreement.
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Feb 15, 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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Nov 6, 2015 – Rules 4 and 4 of the Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules set out the paramount duty of solicitors to the Court and the administration of justice and other fundamental duties. It is often challenging to maintain these obligations with dealing with 'd
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Jun 30, 2015 – This article serves to reinforce practitioners' duty to the court. The judgment of Hudspeth v Scholastic Cleaning and Consultancy Services Pty Ltd (No 8) [2014] VSC 567 is a strong reminder of practitioners' fundamental duties as set out in The Austr
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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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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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May 17, 2015 – South Australian practitioners are reminded to act judicially and ethically when it comes to referral fees, following the case of Victorian psychologist Dominic Greco, who was recently disciplined for improperly engaging with lawyers.
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Feb 15, 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 30, 2015 – Work experience and internship arrangements are becoming a growing feature of the Australian labour market. These arrangements can be a valuable way for prospective employees to make the transition from study to work, or explore a new career path.
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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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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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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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Feb 15, 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