find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
Where do lawyers place on the ethical scorecard?

Where do lawyers place on the ethical scorecard?

Work

A new report has uncovered how ethical lawyers are deemed by the Australian society, in comparison to other occupations.

The Governance Institute has released the 2017 Australian Ethics Index Survey, revealing the views of a broad spectrum of Australians.

According to the report, within key business sectors, lawyers were perceived as neither ethical nor unethical, with respondents delivering a net score of -3. This was up from last year’s figure of -8, meaning that lawyers were deemed slightly more ethical than they were in 2016.

Real estate agents, meanwhile, were perceived as the most unethical within key business sectors. Respondents delivered real estate agents a net score of -29 for 2017, in comparison to -27 for 2016.

Despite lawyers improving their ethical score in comparison to last year, the report found that they still lagged behind other occupations in this regard.

Among those with a higher ethics index were accountants, who nabbed a net score of 34 this year, tax agents, who scored 19, and bank managers and financial planners who both scored 7.

In the public service and government sector, ambulance and fire services saw the highest ethical net scores with 85 and 84, respectively. However, local, state and federal politicians obtained lower ethical net scores than lawyers, with local politicians seeing a net score of -23 and state and federal politicians both seeing a net score of -23.

The report also revealed what respondents believed to be the top five elements for ensuring ethical conduct was upheld in society.

The top five elements were listed as: accountability, transparency, highly ethical leaders, whistleblower protection and a strong legal framework. Those listed in the top five were the same as those listed in last year’s report.

In addition, respondents also shared what they believed to be the top five ethical issues relating to unethical behaviour in business.

The top five issues were listed as: corruption, company tax avoidance, misleading and deceptive advertising, executive pay and discrimination.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Where do lawyers place on the ethical scorecard?
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...