Guidance Statements

Council of the Queensland Law Society has directed that a series of Guidance Statements be published. They are a continuation of the obligation of the Profession to set its own standards of conduct. 

Queensland Law Society's Guidance Statements set out the Society's position in respect to specific subjects. Each Statement outlines a solicitor's ethical obligations in that particular subject area.

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No.19 Government Lawyers: Independence and Privilege

19/08/2020

Lawyers employed by government and quasi-government organisations often find themselves in roles which mix legal and non-legal work (such as governance and risk management), or have them reporting to non-lawyers and being asked to do nontraditional legal roles. This can result in some confusion.

No.18 Inadvertent disclosure

20/04/2020

The purpose of this Guidance Statement is to outline what a practitioner should do if they inadvertently receive confidential information from another solicitor or a third party under the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012 (‘ASCR’) and the common law.

No.17 Conflicts of Interest in Work Health Safety Investigations

07/08/2019

This Guidance Statement considers conflicts of interest regarding the representation of multiple employees, at different positions within a company’s chain of responsibility, in Work Health and Safety investigations and the ethical obligations that arise when employees are compelled to participate in interviews under the Work Health Safety Act 2011 (Qld)

No.16 Supervision

18/03/2019

The purpose of this Guidance Statement is to outline what is considered to be ‘reasonable supervision’ under the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012 (‘ASCR’) and the common law.

No.14 Financial reporting

10/08/2018

When receiving cash from clients, solicitors and law practices need to be aware of their ethical obligations and those under Commonwealth Financial Reporting legislation.

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