About the event

This seminar is available in person or via webinar

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of the lawyer-client relationship, but it is broader than just the lawyer-client relationship.

This seminar will consider two extremes to better understand the principal of confidentiality.

  • In the mid 70s two American lawyers kept confidential the secret location of a body that their client had told them he had disposed of.  They were charged but exonerated and commended by the Judge.
  • From the mid 90s Victorian Lawyer Nicola Gobbo gave police confidential information about her clients involved in the gangland wars of Victoria, her conduct is roundly criticized and a Royal Commission is called.

Lawyers must know how to ensure information that comes into their possession, because of their special role, is kept confidential, but what are the exceptions to that?  And how has this been applied in Western Australia?


Author Profiles - click on image for full profile

Tim Houweling

Director, Cornerstone Legal

Author Profiles

Tim Houweling

Having worked on some of the most high profile land compensation claims in Western Australia, Tim has set precedents in law. He is not afraid to stand up for his clients to achieve the best possible outcomes. With over 20 years experience and a wealth of knowledge, Tim is an exemplary solicitor and litigator, able to provide robust representation in Courts and Tribunals across Western Australia. His experience working with countless land owners as well as public authorities, he is one of the most experienced lawyers in Perth in all matters relating to property. Tim’s wealth of experience extends to subdivisions and property development, breaches of Town Planning Schemes, unlawful development, contractual disputes and debt recovery. Whilst his passion and talent lies in land compensation, Tim is also well versed in providing advice on all manner of provisions within the various Acts of Parliament, delegated legislation and regulations, local governments, town planning and environmental law. Tim also represents clients in Court in matters related to Occupational Health & Safety. On occasion, he will take on selected criminal matters where he feels there is a need for assistance to ensure the proper administration of justice. An experienced prosecutor, with a strong moral compass, he knows how to defend charges to ensure that the correct and preferable decision is reached. Since setting the foundations of Cornerstone Legal in 2004, Tim has led the firm as an innovative, inspiring and passionate manner to its current place as a prominent market leader. Tim’s focus is on achieving resolutions for clients by choosing the right strategies and providing clear, effective and tailored advice.

Course Details

Date & Time:
Thurs, 12 September 2019 4:30pm – 6.00pm



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

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Light refreshments will be provided


CPD Points:

1.5 Points Competency 3: Ethics and Professional Responsibility



Member: $185

Non-Member: $270

Legal Trainee / Support Staff (Member): $90

Legal Trainee / Support Staff (Non-Member): $175

CPD Freedom: $0

legalsuper Young Lawyer CPD*: $135

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

Date & Time:

Thu, 12 September 2019 4.30pm - 6.00pm

CPD Points:

none Points Professional Management

none Points Professional Responsibility

none Points Skills

1.5 Points Ethics






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