2015/16 Annual Report

It has once again been a privilege to serve as Convenor of the Ethics Committee for the past year. The task has been made immeasurably easier by the support received from the Law Society staff. Without their professionalism and dedication, the task would have been virtually insuperable. Equally, I am grateful for the enthusiasm and support of all committee members, especially Deputy Convenor, Fiona Vernon, who has occasionally stood in for me.

The Committee has had an active year, with subcommittees reporting on a range of issues including information barriers, unbundling of legal services, privacy, solicitors professional conduct rules, client capacity and dealing with self-represented litigants, percentage based contingency fees, social media (cloud computing) and consideration of the Productivity Commission Report “Inquiry into Access to Justices Arrangements”.

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.

Despite members’ busy professional engagements, they have always found the time to make a valuable contribution to the activities of the Committee.

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