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Money for nothing
Money for nothing

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Oct 2018

The notion that lawyers can charge for work not performed may need some rethinking... 

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 Is tech fluency a legal ethical duty?
Is tech fluency a legal ethical duty?

 Hana Lee 03 Sep 2018

Lawyers refusing to adapt to new technology will find themselves incapable of completing basic legal tasks...

 

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Unethical or incompetent – does it matter?
Unethical or incompetent – does it matter?

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Aug 2018

There is a qualitative difference between conduct that is ‘unethical’ and conduct that is ‘incompetent’...

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Profession by lawyers
Profession by lawyers

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Jun 2018

A commitment to public service must involve more than providing a service to the public. Law has since medieval times taken its place as one of the three...

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Independence rules
Independence rules

 Gino Dal Pont 03 Apr 2018

Lawyer independence must function to moderate the trajectory and cost of litigation...

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Unsolicited
Unsolicited

 Law Institute Journal 01 Feb 2018

Letters to the editor: When a government last looked at nomenclature, wigs and titles, about 30 years ago, I among others suggested calling the magistrates’ courts “local courts” and...

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Verification of identity
Verification of identity

 LIV Ethics Committee 01 Feb 2018

Ethical dilemmas are part of everyday practice for solicitors. The LIV Ethics Committee is available to help...

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Dissecting dishonesty
Dissecting dishonesty

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Feb 2018

While expedience may tempt lawyers to falsely certify the witnessing or execution of a document, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that behaviour of this kind is dishonest...

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Prospects of success
Prospects of success

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Nov 2017

It is logical to assume that a matter will go to trial where each of the contesting parties believes that he or she has good (or at least reasonable) prospects of succeeding. The logic is fortified by the application of the costs indemnity rule...

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Charging For Access To Justice
Charging For Access To Justice

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Sep 2017

Access to justice has increasingly become a catch-cry that the legal profession has been invited to address. Professional discipline for overcharging nonetheless remains as a critical vehicle to police illegitimate impediments in this regard...

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Video Conferencing Risks
Video Conferencing Risks

 Legal Practitioners' Liability Committee 01 Sep 2017

Video conferencing is a prime example of changing technology affecting the way lawyers do business, but there are risk management issues to consider when using video conferencing...

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Executor Conflict
Executor Conflict

 LIV Ethics 01 Aug 2017

Ethical dilemmas are part of everyday practice for solicitors. The LIV Ethics Committee is available to help...

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Capacity makes one free
Capacity makes one free

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Jul 2017

There may be pressure on lawyers to take short cuts when it comes to an assurance of capacity. Only months ago the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal...

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Information barrier
Information barrier

 LIV Ethics Committee 01 Jul 2017

When a firm acts for more than one company in a commercial transaction, clients must provide written informed consent and a firm may need to establish an effective information...

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Rogers Legal Writing Award winner
Rogers Legal Writing Award winner

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jun 2017

Lawyer Fabian Horton is the winner of the 2017 Rogers Legal Writing Award with his feature “Law, technology and new ethics,” which was published in the June 2016...

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