Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules

The Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012 in Practice: A Commentary for Australian Legal Practitioners is an essential reference tool for practising solicitors. The commentary is the most comprehensive guide to the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012 (ASCR) and aims to assist practitioners by providing guidance and additional information in applying the ASCR.

The ASCR replaced the Legal Profession (Solicitors) Rule 2007 on 1 June 2012. For details on the difference between the ASCR rule and the Legal Profession (Solicitors) Rule 2007, see the comparison table.

A pdf version of the Rules is also available.

In order to access the commentary, you must log in as a member and the commentary will appear after each rule when you click on the below links or you can access the pdf version here.

Nature and purpose of the rules

This section contains Rules 1 and 2.

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Fundamental duties of solicitors

This section contains Rules 3, 4, 5 and 6.

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Relations with clients

This section contains Rules 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.

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Advocacy and litigation

This section contains Rules 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29.

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Relations with other solicitors

This section contains Rules 30, 31, 32 and 33.

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Relations with other persons

This section contains Rules 34 and 35.

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Law practice management

This section contains Rules 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, and 43.

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Glossary of terms

This section contains the list of terms used in the ASCR.

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This section contains the appendices in the ASCR.

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