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Ethics: Legal ethics and AI
Ethics: Legal ethics and AI

  Michael Dolan and Carly Erwin 01 Sep 2021

Legal ethics will continue to be challenged by the rapid advance of artificial intelligence. Moral judgment will always be needed by lawyers when faced with questions about ethical obligations in practice. This cannot be replaced by AI.

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Ethics: The lawyer-fiduciary
Ethics: The lawyer-fiduciary

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Aug 2021

Some practitioners lack understanding of fiduciary law and its implications, despite it going to the core of legal practice.

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Ethics: Supervise me
Ethics: Supervise me

 Carly Erwin 01 Jul 2021

A solicitor with designated responsibility for a matter must exercise reasonable supervision over solicitors and all other employees engaged in the provision of legal services for that matter. 

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Ethics: Frank and fearless
Ethics: Frank and fearless

 Donna Cooper and Michael Dolan 01 Jun 2021

There are some unique ethical challenges that government lawyers may face.

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Ethics Committee rulings: Material witness
Ethics Committee rulings: Material witness

 LIV Ethics Committee 01 Jun 2021

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

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Ethics: ‘Me Too’ on the character radar
Ethics: ‘Me Too’ on the character radar

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Jun 2021

Explicitly bringing sexual harassment into the fold of professional discipline reflects a change in character inquiry.

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Ethics: Dealing with self-represented litigants
Ethics: Dealing with self-represented litigants

 Carly Erwin 01 May 2021

A solicitor must be conscious of their competing ethical duties to the court and the administration of justice, their client and the self-represented litigant.

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VLSB+C: Take a step back
VLSB+C: Take a step back

 Fiona McLeay 01 May 2021

Lawyers must maintain professional boundaries.

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Ethics: Think before you tweet
Ethics: Think before you tweet

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Apr 2021

Lawyers who exercise their freedom of speech via tweeting secure no immunity from the professional consequences of offensive comments.

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Ethics: Terminating a retainer
Ethics: Terminating a retainer

 Carly Erwin 01 Mar 2021

A solicitor has a common law and ethical duty to complete a client engagement, and may only terminate it in accordance with their legal and ethical obligations.

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Reputation: Matters of trust
Reputation: Matters of trust

 Carolyn Ford 01 Feb 2021

In the wake of the Lawyer X scandal, Royal Commission recommendations around conduct of lawyers include strengthening access to ethical support. 

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Ethics: Lawyers and ‘alternative facts’
Ethics: Lawyers and ‘alternative facts’

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Feb 2021

Attacking the reputation of another person without adequate foundation, including by alleging fraud or criminality, can expose a lawyer to disciplinary sanction.

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Ethics Committee rulings: Client documents
Ethics Committee rulings: Client documents

 LIV Ethics Committee 01 Dec 2020

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

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Ethics: considering secret lawyer recordings
Ethics: considering secret lawyer recordings

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Nov 2020

Is it ever legitimate for a lawyer to surreptitiously record a conversation to which he or she is a party?

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Ethics: Do what I say, or else …
Ethics: Do what I say, or else …

 Michael Dolan and Carly Erwin 01 Oct 2020

A solicitor should not use the threat of disciplinary action to pressure another solicitor to conform to a course of action.

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