Advocate’s Immunity

Wednesday 22nd March, 2017 5:00 pm – Wednesday 22nd March, 2017 6:00 pm
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace PERTH

Put simply, the doctrine of advocate’s immunity provides an advocate with immunity for any claims that may be brought arising out of the advocate’s conduct of litigation.

In 2016 the High Court of Australia, in the decision of Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Limited [2016] HCA 16, reaffirmed the doctrine of advocate’s immunity as good law in Australia despite it being abolished in the UK and New Zealand. However, the High Court confirmed that the immunity applied only to advice that leads to, or is intimately connected with, the conduct of the case in Court and the majority in Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers held that the scope of the immunity does not extend to negligent advice leading to settlement of a case.

In this seminar, Joshua Thomson SC examines the scope of the doctrine in light of Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers and the public policy reasons underlying it.

Level: Advanced / Intermediate

Competency
  • 1 points Competency 4 Substantive Law

 

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Speakers

Chair: John Vaughan SC
Barrister
Francis Burt Chambers

Speaker: Joshua Thomson SC
Barrister
Francis Burt Chambers

Price
Member
$125
Non-Member
$185
Legal Trainee / Support Staff (Member)
$60
Legal Trainee / Support Staff (Non-Member)
$110
CPD Active
$0