Adapt, improvise and overcome: Engaging with conflict of interest in the bush

Helen McGowan
The evolution of the Australian legal ethics regulatory system towards a principles-based approach presents an opportunity for lawyers to cultivate an ethical acuity which transcends prescriptive obedience to promulgated rules. Lawyers are invited to use their professional judgment to discern a response appropriate to both the ethical situation and to the distinctiveness of their law practice. However, as professional regulation moves from a command and control system to a decentred approach which empowers the situated...
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