Webinar – Ethics on Friday: Ethical issues in representing alleged perpetrators of family and domestic violence

Friday 12th October, 2018 12:30 pm – Friday 12th October, 2018 2:00 pm

Live online, at your desk

Family lawyers are frequently advising on cases which involve allegations of family and domestic violence against clients. How can we be effective advocates without colluding with perpetrators?

  • Understanding the family and domestic violence dynamic
    • The pattern of coercive control
    • Legislative definitions as informed by social science
    • National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book
    • Do we (or the Courts we serve) have an unspoken idea of an ideal victim?
    • Perpetrator accountability as a policy objective
  • Our duties as officers of the Court
    • Procedural justice
    • Testimonial justice
    • How a perpetrator may groom their lawyer
    • Avoiding collusion in systems abuse
  • Mitigating the client’s risk
    • Proofing your client and supporting witnesses
    • Reality testing
    • Identifying when the client is minimising

Level – Intermediate/Advanced

* This seminar has been approved for 1.5 Family Law Specialist Accreditation points.

This webinar is also being streamed as a live seminar at The Law Society – to view this seminar click here.

  • 1.5 points Competency 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility



Michael Berry SC - Chair
John Toohey Chambers

Lara Anstie
Clairs Keeley Lawyers

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