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The ethical duty to act in the best interests of clients is a paramount principle for lawyers, driving their professional conduct and reputation. However, recent High Court decisions have shed light on the potential consequences when this duty is taken to extremes. This paper delv

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The ethical duty to act in the best interests of clients is a paramount principle for lawyers, driving their professional conduct and reputation. However, recent High Court decisions have shed light on the potential consequences when this duty is taken to extremes. This paper delves into the intricate ethics surrounding advocating for clients and explores the delicate balance between zealous representation and overstepping ethical boundaries. By examining case examples and their implications, this session will navigate the nuanced territory where acting in the client's best interests can go too far. This session will examine:

  • Understanding the ethical duty: Exploring the foundational principle of acting in the client's best interests and its significance in legal practice
  • The ethical rules, codes of conduct, and professional standards that provide guidance on maintaining the appropriate balance in advocating for clients
  • Zealous advocacy vs. overzealous representation: Differentiating between appropriate advocacy and behaviour that exceeds ethical limits
  • Framework for family lawyers to make sound ethical judgments when faced with challenging situations where the line between zealous advocacy and overstepping exists
  • Examining recent High Court decisions and their lessons for practitioners: spotlight on Thorne v Kennedy and Stubbies v James 2

Presented By

Evelyn Young
Principal, Lighthouse Family Lawyers Melbourne, Vic

Evelyn Young brings 15 years’ experience exclusively in family law her clients.

Evelyn has extensive experience in all aspects of family law including property disputes, children’s matters, de facto matters, financial agreements, spousal maintenance, surrogacy and child support.

Delivering the best possible outcomes to clients in a practical and cost effective manner is Evelyn’s overriding objective.

Evelyn is dedicated to understanding and meeting the individual needs and objectives of each client, and guiding them through the family law process with empathy and expertise. Evelyn is also a trained Collaborative Lawyer, and enjoys assisting clients with the Collaborative Practice process.

Evelyn is an Accredited Family Law specialist and is recognised in the 2024 edition of Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Parenting and Children’s Matter Lawyers and Recommended Family & Divorce Lawyers – Melbourne, 2024.

She has written and delivered papers on many areas of family law, and is a regular presenter. She was the joint winner of the 2015 LIV Rogers Legal Writing Award for the best contribution to the Law Institute Journal.

Evelyn is a member of the Family Law Advisory Committee to the Accreditation Board of the Law Institute of Victoria for Family Law.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is suitable for lawyers practising in family law - Australia wide.

CPD Information

Lawyers can claim 1 CPD unit - Ethics

WA lawyers – Please note that TEN is unable to verify your completion of recorded webinars to the Legal Practice Board of WA. TEN is an accredited provider.

Enquiries/Assistance

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Webinar Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email: [email protected]

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