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Ethics Committee Rulings: Executor conflict
Ethics Committee Rulings: Executor conflict

 Ethics Committee and Ethics Liasion Group 01 Apr 2017

Legal Profession Uniform Law Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules 2015 – Rule 27. A solicitor who was the sole executor of the estate, solicitor for the estate and a material witness was not...

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‘I want my file please’
‘I want my file please’

 Michael Dolan 01 Mar 2017

Determining who owns the contents of a law firm’s file for a particular client matter. One of the most common questions asked by solicitors calling the LIV Ethics Advice Line...

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Value, Pricing, Costs
Value, Pricing, Costs

 Liz Harris 01 Mar 2017

Practitioners need to understand the relationship between value, price and cost and how it fits within uniform law. Economists accept that value is the arbiter of price and, in the...

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Avoiding conflicts
Avoiding conflicts

 LIV Ethics Committee 01 Mar 2017

Legal Profession Uniform Law Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules 2015 – Rule 10. Conflicts Concerning Former Clients “A solicitor and law practice must avoid conflicts between...

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Admitting mental illness
Admitting mental illness

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Mar 2017

Questions over mental fitness to practise involve two competing and worthy considerations. It goes without saying that people admitted to practise law must exhibit good fame...

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Capacity to give instructions
Capacity to give instructions

 Law Institute of Victoria 01 Feb 2017

Ethical dilemmas are part of everyday practice for solicitors. The LIV Ethics Committee is available to help. The Ethics Committee is drawn from experienced past and...

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Ethics Committee Rulings: Conflict of interest
Ethics Committee Rulings: Conflict of interest

 Law Institute Journal 01 Dec 2016

Ethical dilemmas are part of everyday practice for solicitors. The LIV Ethics Committee is available to help. Legal Profession Uniform Law Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules 2015 – Rule 10...

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Ethics and cultural diversity
Ethics and cultural diversity

 Law Institute Journal 01 Nov 2016

The ethics of care can be used to address unconscious bias and embrace cultural diversity, says Supreme Court Associate Justice Mary-Jane Ierodiaconou. One of the challenges facing the legal profession...

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Incorporating pressures
Incorporating pressures

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Nov 2016

A lawyer-director of an incorporated legal practice is subject to potentially heightened pressures and challenges. In my trusts class, I caution students against becoming trustees in view of the onerous...

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Ethics Committee Rulings
Ethics Committee Rulings

 Law Institute Journal 01 Nov 2016

Conflict of interest: Ethical dilemmas are part of everyday practice for solicitors. The LIV Ethics Commitee is available to help. A firm which had previously acted for a client who was later represented by another firm...

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Ethics Committee rulings: A solicitor’s duty
Ethics Committee rulings: A solicitor’s duty

 Law Institute Journal 01 Oct 2016

Previously, the Ethics Committee was asked by way of a discussion point and not a ruling to consider the obligation on a solicitor to correct a misleading statement made to a court which was only discovered after...

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A Greek, a Jew, a Muslim and an Englishman meet in an ethics discussion …………
A Greek, a Jew, a Muslim and an Englishman meet in an ethics discussion …………

 Steven Sapountsis 08 Sep 2016

Last Wednesday evening I hosted a meeting of the LIV’s Ethics Liaison Group...

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Ethics: Lawyers and sexual harassment
Ethics: Lawyers and sexual harassment

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Jul 2016

The first few days of 2016 saw the topic of sexual harassment grab headlines. It stemmed from the conduct of a male cricketer in a post-match interview with a female reporter broadcast live on national television. The cricketer relayed...

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Ethics Committee rulings: Money in trust
Ethics Committee rulings: Money in trust

 Ethics Committee 01 Jul 2016

A firm acted for a cabinet maker (the client) in a commercial dispute with its customer regarding alleged defects in the construction and installation of kitchen cabinetry at the customer’s home. The firm was retained...

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A change of the test for conflicts in family law matters, or merely a clarification?
A change of the test for conflicts in family law matters, or merely a clarification?

 Steven Sapountsis 23 Jun 2016

One of the joys of being a member of the Council of the Law Institute of Victoria is the privilege of being able to serve on the Ethics Committee...

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