Daily legal practice brings with it a host of ethical challenges for solicitors. As an officer of the court, a solicitor’s duty to the court and the administration of justice is paramount and prevails to the extent of inconsistency with any other duty, including those duties owed to a client.
By engaging in this highly interactive seminar with an experienced solicitor-facilitator, you will be faced with working through a range of structured real life ethical scenarios to assist you in identifying key ethical issues and how to resolve them.
By the end of the one hour session you will be able to answer the following questions:
- My client has lied to the court in an affidavit – what should I do?
- My client tells me that he committed the crime, but wants to plead not guilty – can I act for him?
- My opinion is that my client does not have a proper basis for a negligence claim, but she instructs me to issue a summons to get a settlement – can I do so?
- I have a very difficult client in a complicated property matter and want to cease acting – can I do so?
- Can I still exercise a lien over a client-matter file if the former client pays the funds into his new solicitor’s trust account pending resolution of the costs dispute?
- “Loose talk sinks ships” – the boundaries of a solicitor’s duty of confidentiality
Terri Abeysekera, Professional Development Consultant, Law Institute of Victoria