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Cover Story

On a mission to end family violence

Victoria's legal profession with police and community groups have established a Family Violence Taskforce in response to the pleas of mother and campaigner Rosie Batty.

By Carolyn Ford

Feature Articles

Lawyers and ethics: Ethics special issue

INTRODUCTION

Lawyers and ethics: Ethics special issue

Ethics are the hallmark of a profession, imposing obligations more exacting than any imposed by law and incapable of adequate enforcement by legal process.

A Lawyer's Duty

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

A Lawyer's Duty

Lawyers have many duties to uphold, not least of which  is to act honourably, and with honesty and candour.

By The Hon Justice Emilios Kyrou

Communication and undertakings

CODES OF CONDUCT

Communication and undertakings

At the heart of every legal practice is communication, and keeping promises, or undertakings, is its backbone. 

By Michael Dolan

Interviewing potential defendants

WITNESSES

Interviewing potential defendants

Until recently it had been accepted practice that plaintiff lawyers involved in transport accident claims should not communicate with a witness who is a potential defendant to a transport accident. The LIV Ethics Committee found that this view was incorrectly based.

By Jonathan King

The client from hell

CODES OF CONDUCT

The client from hell

Can a solicitor terminate a client engagement before completion of the matter?

By Michael Dolan

The Ethics Committee at work

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

The Ethics Committee at work

For those practitioners faced with an ethical difficulty, the LIV Ethics Committee is here to help. 

By Richard Fleming

The ethics of choosing clients

BUSINESS ETHICS

The ethics of choosing clients

Law firms should consider the best approach to take when faced with ethical questions, particularly when deciding  which clients to serve. 

By Rufus Black

 



Publications Department

(for LIJ (Law Institute Journal) and LIV Directory and Diary inquiries only) Tel:(61 3) 9607 9319 Fax:(61 3) 9607 9451 Email: CFord@liv.asn.au Managing editor: Carolyn Ford. Sub-editor/publications coordinator: Mary Kerley. Journalist: Karin Derkley. Sub-editor/proofreader: Libby Brown. Art director: Katherine Alexander. Editorial & administrative assistant: Sophie Suelzle. Advertising: Lisa Crowle.

 

Editorial committee

Chair: Gerry Bean Members:  Tony Burke, Geoff Gronow, Melissa Macken, Chris Molnar, Cameron Ross and Carolyn Ford.

 

Editorial policy

All contributions and letters to the editor to be addressed to: Managing editor, Carolyn Ford, Law Institute of Victoria Ltd, GPO Box 263, Melbourne 3001. Tel: (61 3) 9607 9319. Mob: 0406 004 935. Fax: (61 3) 9607 9451. Email: CFord@liv.asn.au. Views expressed by contributors are not necessarily endorsed by the Law Institute of Victoria. No responsibility is accepted by the Institute, the editor or the printers for the accuracy of information contained in the text and advertisements.

CAB audit logoLIJ (Law Institute Journal) circulation September 2014 12,785 - CAB audited.

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