A thorough understanding of the professional and ethical obligations of lawyers is essential to the practice of law in Australia. This text brings together the key materials and case law that determine these obligations and provides both probing questions and commentary on the source material to promote critical discussion of important issues for Australian lawyers.
The text assists the reader to explore not only the ethical framework of the legal profession but also its structure and regulation, the duties of lawyers in the lawyer-client relationship and the role of lawyers in the adversary system.
The book is an excellent teaching source for courses on professional and ethical responsibilities of lawyers in Australia. It is also relevant for those already engaged in the practice of law to help ensure compliance with recent developments in this area. This fourth edition has been revised and updated and includes both important recent case law and new material on the creation of a national legal profession, including the new professional conduct rules.
- Extracts from leading cases, legislation, reports and other materials helps students develop skills in analysis of primary sources
- Problems and questions raise ethical and moral questions to encourage critical thinking
- An authoritative and popular title ensures familiarity with content and authorship