2016/17 Annual Report

The Ethics Committee had an active year, with sub-committees reporting on a range of issues, culminating in the publication of the Law Society’s new guidelines on both Information Barriers and Client Capacity, and soon to be published guidelines on Unbundling of Legal Services. The Committee continues its work in advocating for the adoption of the Uniform Law in Western Australia. The Committee has also contributed to the Law Society’s paper concerning unqualified people engaging in legal practice and will continue to contribute to the Law Society’s new Futures Reference Group to address the future of the legal profession.

The Convenor has contributed to the Law Society’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism legislation Working Group and is occasionally asked to provide ethical advice to members of the Law Society.

The Committee also undertakes a monitoring role of new methods of professional advertising and alternative ways of providing legal services and other professional conduct matters as required from time to time.

The Committee acknowledges the considerable contribution to the Committee’s activities of Joseph McGrath SC (now the Honourable Justice Joseph McGrath) and extends to him the Committee’s congratulations on his elevation to the Supreme Court bench. At the time of writing this, the Honourable Justice Gail Archer has also been elevated to the Supreme Court bench. The Committee congratulates her and acknowledges her invaluable role as a past Deputy Convenor of the Ethics Committee.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford,