Ethics on Friday: misleading conduct

Friday 22nd September, 2017 12:30 pm – Friday 22nd September, 2017 2:00 pm
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace Perth

The Legal Profession Complaints Committee sees a number of complaints arising from misleading conduct by lawyers towards clients, the court, colleagues or the general public. Misleading conduct, whether to gain advantage for the client or the lawyer, can range from ‘innocent’ or ‘inadvertent’ to ‘deliberate’ or ‘conscious’ – the latter being at the high end of dishonesty.

Examples of misleading behaviour include:

  • oral and written legal submissions
  • affidavits and witness statements
  • communication with opponents, clients and the court
  • advertising, marketing and promotion
  • when not correcting an error “is” and “is not” misleading

This seminar provides practical tips when responding to a complaint from the LPCC on such issues including the importance of obtaining good legal advice and not compounding the misleading behaviour in your response.

A light lunch is provided.

  • 1.5 points Competency 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility


Sponsored by


The Hon Justice McGrath (Chair)
Supreme Court of Western Australia

Cassandra Paterson
Manager, Litigation
Legal Profession Complaints Committee

Geoff Abbott
Francis Burt Chambers

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