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 (1-3 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Sydney NSW 2000
· Join a dynamic Firm · Excellent career growth opportunity
View details
In-house lawyer 1-4 PAE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Leading Brand · Report to a Dynamic Legal Counsel
View details
LIV walks lawyers through common ethical pitfalls

LIV walks lawyers through common ethical pitfalls


The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) has released a series called LIVing Ethics Videos, which provide lawyers with advice and solutions to common ethical problems.

The LIV ethics department launched the six-part LIVing Ethics video series at the Law Institute of Victoria on 11 December 2015 to help lawyers come to grips with the ethical problems facing them everyday.

LIV ethics lawyer Michael Dolan said: “there can be many areas of ethical conduct for lawyers that can’t be answered definitively.”

He continued: “Rather, we need to provide callers with simple, logical solutions and advice to help them with what can be very troubling and difficult problems.”

The documentary-style program uses hypothetical examples of common ethical problems in different areas of law, which then get dissected by four panellists who provide advice on how to deal with the situations.

“Most of the scenarios in the LIVing Ethics presentations have been selected from the thousands which come to the Law Institute of Victoria every year via the Ethics Advice Line,” Mr Dolan said.

The panellists are Clayton Utz special counsel Nicole Ryan-Green, LIV Ethics Committee member Danny Barlow, founding member of the LIV Criminal Law Committee Robert Galbally and Monash University adjunct professor of law the Honourable Nahum Mushin.

The series covers areas of property law, family law, criminal law and commercial law, such as the duty to follow client instructions, the duty of confidentiality, the duty to the court, avoiding conflicts of interest between joint clients and taking advantage of an opponent’s error.

Some of the issues addressed by the panellists include what to do when a misleading statement is made to the court by a client; what to do when the interests of joint clients begins to diverge; and whether a practitioner in a given situation might have ‘just cause’ to terminate the retainer with the client.

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

LIV walks lawyers through common ethical pitfalls
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Aug 22 2017
Professionals unite in support of marriage equality
The presidents of representative bodies for solicitors, barristers and doctors in NSW have come toge...
Aug 21 2017
Is your firm on the right track for gig economy gains?
Promoted by Crowd & Co. The way we do business, where we work, how we engage with workers, ev...
Scales of Justice, Victorian County Court, retiring judges
Aug 21 2017
Replacements named for retired Vic judges
Two new judicial officers have been appointed in the Victorian County Court, following the retire...
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'...
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...
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 & ...