5. Dishonest and disreputable conduct
- A solicitor must not engage in conduct, in the course of practice or otherwise, which demonstrates that the solicitor is not a fit and proper person to practise law, or which is likely to a material degree to:
- be prejudicial to, or diminish the public confidence in, the administration of justice; or
- bring the profession into disrepute.
It is important to be aware of your ethical obligations when being asked to provide a ‘second opinion’ by a client of another solicitor.
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.
This Guidance Statement raises the ethical issues practitioners should consider when engaging in social media.
This Guidance Statement outlines the fundamental duty of honesty and courtesy in communications with colleagues and provides guidance on how to respond to discourtesy.