Recorded Webinar: Complying with Instructions – Managing Client Expectation and Ethics in Family Law Matters (Legal Ethics)


19th February 2019

Duration:  1 hour


Clients don’t always understand solicitors’ duties to courts and other practitioners. They are interested in their matter only. This session looks at ethical dilemmas arising in family law litigation when the client’s instructions reveal inflated expectation or makes compliance difficult, including:

  • The nature of ‘lawful, proper and competent instructions’ in family law matters
  • Obtaining competent instructions and problems of confidentiality
  • Client capacity and the reasonableness of instructions
  • When the client becomes unreasonable in an ongoing litigation
  • When the duty to comply with client instructions intersect with duty to court?
  • Clients making impossible demands – how should you respond?
  • Complying with instructions and disclosure obligations in sensitive family law matters
  • Disclosure obligations and managing the client who instructs non-disclosure
  • How to say ‘no’ when clients instructs to use improperly obtained information
  • Case study - Using information obtained from social media on client instruction
Our presenter

Jeff Marhinin, Partner & Accredited Family Law Specialist, Barkus Doolan Family Lawyers, Sydney

Jeff is an Accredited Family Law Specialist who has practiced exclusively in family law for over 14 years. Jeff has assisted and represented clients across the spectrum of family law issues with a special focus on more substantial and complex property settlement cases and parenting disputes.

Jeff is a skilled advocate with an eye for detail. He is a practitioner who understands the importance of clearly communicating with clients, and adopts a pragmatic and cost effective approach to the resolution of family law disputes. Jeff’s training in law, science/psychology and alternative dispute resolution assists him to successfully serve clients in ways best suited to their matter and with patience and empathy.

“Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Market” has ranked Jeff as one of the “Leading” Family Lawyers in Sydney in 2018.


This webinar is suitable for family lawyers - Australia wide and it has been designed to deliver the legal ethics compulsory subject CPD unit for the CPD year ending 31st March 2019.

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Product Code: WB7FEB19
 Price:  $198.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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