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Your Client's Star Witness has Lied in an Affidavit Filed in Court - What do you do?
Your Client's Star Witness has Lied in an Affidavit Filed in Court - What do you do?

 LIV Ethics 06 May 2019

You are acting for an international company which is the applicant in a Federal Court commercial dispute regarding patent rights and you have filed in court and served an affidavit...

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The Other Side Says You're Conflicted - Must you cease acting?
The Other Side Says You're Conflicted - Must you cease acting?

 LIV Ethics 06 May 2019

You are acting for two friends who purchased a beach house together with a third friend some years ago, but a serious dispute has since arisen between the third friend...

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The lawyer by implication
The lawyer by implication

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Apr 2019

Being clear about client identity is critical in fulfilling ethical responsibilities...

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Ethical Issues in Leasing
Ethical Issues in Leasing

 LIV Ethics 28 Jan 2019

Ethics is the new buzzword in the media – whether it be the ethics of governments, politicians, bankers, financial advisors, insurers, police or lawyers the media is taking a very keen...

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Ethics in the Age of Royal Commissions
Ethics in the Age of Royal Commissions

 LIV Ethics 16 Jan 2019

In 2012 the then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, announced that she would recommend to the Governor-General that a Royal Commission be appointed to inquire into institutional responses to child sexual...

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Reviewing your Ppponent's Linkedin Profile?
Reviewing your Ppponent's Linkedin Profile?

 LIV Ethics 04 Dec 2018

If I view the Linkedin account of the other side, could I be breaching the duty of confidentiality I owe to my own client? Imagine you are a...

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The Ethical Perils of Social Media
The Ethical Perils of Social Media

 LIV Ethics 03 Dec 2018

The summer holiday season is fast approaching – a time for unwinding and celebration.  You remember a party you attended at this time last year where everyone had a really good...

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Courtesy is a Fundamental Ethical Duty
Courtesy is a Fundamental Ethical Duty

 LIV Ethics 04 Oct 2018

You have just had the worst telephone conversation in years with another solicitor.  You had called to discuss a conveyancing transaction and were roundly abused as being incompetent and not...

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Should you Hand Over a Copy of a Will to an Attorney Under Power?
Should you Hand Over a Copy of a Will to an Attorney Under Power?

 LIV Ethics 04 Oct 2018

You have a long standing elderly client whose adult son telephones to say that he’s moving his mother into a nursing home and would like to come in to a collect...

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Ethics and the Financial Services Royal Commission Interim Report
Ethics and the Financial Services Royal Commission Interim Report

 LIV Ethics 04 Oct 2018

On 28 September 2018 The Hon Kenneth Hayne AC QC delivered to the Governor General of Australia his Interim Report into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry...

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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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Mates Rates - Acting for family and friends
Mates Rates - Acting for family and friends

 LIV Ethics 16 Aug 2018

Your cousin Vinny has just called you to ask that you act for him in a family law matter.  You attended his wedding 10 years earlier and you are godfather to one of his children... 

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Client Request for an Electronic File in Editable Form
Client Request for an Electronic File in Editable Form

 LIV Ethics 15 Aug 2018

As can often happen in the busy cut and thrust of legal practice, clients may choose to change solicitors mid-matter.  If a client asks for the file in an editable format, do you have to provide it in the format requested? 

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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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