Queensland Law Society

Introduction to legal ethics

Lawyers' ethics are principles and values which, along with conduct rules and common law, regulate a lawyer's behaviour. This website aims to equip lawyers with the information and the tools they need to act ethically at all times, while also providing the community with an insight into legal ethics.

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Contact QLS Ethics Centre

07 3842 5843


What we do
Call us to schedule an appointment either at Law Society House or at your office (within the Brisbane CBD).

Ethics News
3 Apr

The QLS Ethics Centre has published guidance on the management of the issues resulting in the damage, destruction or loss of client documents or property by flood or extreme weather conditions.  

16 Mar

One of the pillars of the solicitor-client relationship is the solicitor’s duty of confidentiality-a duty which is increasingly onerous in the face of the challenges of the digital world.

12 Jan

End of year parties can leave a lot of mess to clear up. Unfortunately, this may include solicitors charged with criminal and traffic offences arising from festive celebrations.

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Discipline Updates
20 Apr


18 Apr

PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – LAWYERS – COMPLAINTS AND DISCIPLINE – PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT AND UNSATISFACTORY CONDUCT – where the respondent accepted the charges but argued that his mental illness excused that conduct or was a mitigating factor

3 Mar

PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE – Legal Profession – Liability as Principal for Conduct of Law Practice – Mishandling of Trust Money – Failing to Account for Funds Received – Misappropriation – Misleading Clients – Overcharging – Acting without Authority – Breaching Court Order – Misleading the Investigator - Professional Misconduct.

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