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

Ethics News
13 Jul

The QLS Ethics Centre first response checklist has been designed to provide invaluable assistance if you suffer a cyberattack.

27 Jun

A rose by any other name may be as sweet, but the titles used by lawyers have specific meanings, and using the wrong one can get you into trouble. This handy table outlines to practitioners what they can call themselves, and what documents they can sign or witness.

14 Jun

Electronic delivery of bills - Legislative change

All ethics news

Discipline Updates
13 Jul

Professional misconduct – Neglect and delay – Failed to release trust money held in trust to clients – Responded failed to respond to Applicant

6 Jul

Professions and trades – Lawyers – Disciplinary proceedings – Professional misconduct – Respondent charged and convicted with criminal offence of corruptly giving valuable consideration to influence an agent – Respondent made full admissions and did not dispute finding of professional misconduct – Whether respondent a fit and proper person to continue to practise – Whether respondent’s name should be removed from the local roll of practitioners – Whether respondent should be prohibited from applying for a practising certificate - Application for non-publication order

22 Jun

Complaints and discipline – Disciplinary proceedings – Unsatisfactory professional conduct – Respondent acted on behalf of two clients in property purchase – Unregistered transfer in favour of one client until the other client paid the balance of the purchase price – Subsequent conflict of duty and duty

All discipline updates

Admission Case Updates
11 May

Early consideration of suitability for admission – Fit and proper persons – Applicant had previous criminal convictions – Court will look at surrounding circumstances

13 Mar

Professions and trades – Lawyers – Qualifications and admission

6 Feb

Professions and trades – Lawyers – Qualifications and admission – Fit and proper persons

All Admission Case Updates

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