Some great advice for lawyers about getting too close to clients.
Knockin' off for a while.

A chapter in the soon to be published Inside Lawyers Ethics features Julia Gillard and The AWU Scandal

Inside Lawyers Ethics by Christine Parker and Adrian Evans was first published in 2007.   It's been reprinted several times and it's widely quoted as an authoritative text on ethics.

http://www.liv.asn.au/Bookshop/Law-Book-Subjects/Ethics/Inside-Lawyers--Ethics-

http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/law/law-general-interest/inside-lawyers-ethics

In January 2014 the Second Edition of Inside Lawyers Ethics will be published by Cambridge University Press.

http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/law/legal-skills-and-practice/inside-lawyers-ethics-2nd-edition#contentsTabAnchor

I can't imagine that Julia Gillard will be pleased with the Case Study that features her boyfriend, his misdeeds and her role before and after.

Here's a little of Case Study 4.3.

Ethics one Ethics two

Ethics three Ethics four

You can read a few sample pages of the soon to be published book here.

One important point that the authors emphasise is contained in the Professional Conduct and Practice Rules (VIC) 2005 in relation to the legal authority for lawyers to report wrongdoing to authorities.

The authors point to the nature of Wilson's offending and they suggest that "at the time" the relevant provision of the rules state that a lawyer is not bound by any confidentiality obligation to a client where:

3.1.3 the practitioner discloses information in circumstances in which the law would probably compel its disclosure, despite a client's claim of legal professional privilege, and for the sole purpose of avoiding the probable commission or concealment of a serious criminal offence;

http://www.lsb.vic.gov.au/documents/LSBLIVRules2005.pdf

This media statement from Slater and Gordon in which its Managing Director Andrew Grech states the firm was unable ethically to tell authorities what it knew of The AWU Scandal is curious to say the least.  

 

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