About the event

This seminar will also be streamed as a webinar. 

Clients want their lawyers to zealously represent them and usually have plenty of ideas as to how that might “best” be done. But lawyers are required not to be mere mouthpieces of their client and owe higher duties to the Court. That clash can lead to complaints about practitioners acting on their client’s instructions without giving proper consideration to whether it was ethical to do so.

Matt Howard SC examines how acting on your client’s instructions, without the proper exercise of independent judgement, can give rise to disciplinary concerns.

Level: General


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Matthew Howard SC

Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers

Author Profiles

Matthew Howard SC

Matthew Howard SC joined the Bar in 1996 and took silk in 2009. He has a commercial and public law practice, appears in all superior courts and is experienced in large commercial cases. Matthew is regularly briefed in significant and high-profile matters including in the High Court of Australia and in appeals to the Full Federal Court and other courts of appeal. He teaches Conflict of Laws at the University of Western Australia, where he is an Adjunct Professor. He has taught advocacy for a number of years in Australia and overseas, and previously taught Equity and Trusts. Matthew is Vice President of the Australian Bar Association and is the immediate past President of the WA Bar Association. He is committed to providing access to justice through pro bono work and was the chair of the Mental Health Law Centre from 2014 to 2017.

Course Details

Date & Time:
Fri, 11 October 2019 1:00pm – 2.00pm



The Law Society of Western Australia Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace PERTH WA

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A light lunch will be provided.


CPD Points:

1 Point Competency 3: Ethics and Professional Responsibility



Member: $137

Non-Member: $212

Legal Trainee / Support Staff (Member): $72

Legal Trainee / Support Staff (Non-Member): $137

CPD Freedom: $0

legalsuper Young Lawyer CPD*: $95

*Law Society Members less than 5 years practising and/or under 35 years of age

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Date & Time:

Fri, 11 October 2019 1.00pm - 2.00pm

CPD Points:

none Points Professional Management

none Points Professional Responsibility

none Points Skills

1 Points Ethics






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