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QLS Ethics Guidance

The Queensland Law Society’s Ethics Centre provides a legal ethics guidance service to all QLS members and non-members, including both lawyers and legal support staff.

Who we are

The Ethics Centre is comprised of three Ethics Solicitors, together with an Ethics Research Assistant.  With over 50 years of combined experience in legal practice, from sole practitioner to small firm right through to top tier firm experience, our Ethics Solicitors are well placed to assist with any query you may have regarding legal ethics.  

What we do

If you are a lawyer or work for a lawyer and have an ethical dilemma, our Ethics Solicitors are available to discuss and provide confidential ethical guidance. Even if the ethical issue relates to a confidential matter, you can be comfortable knowing that talking to us is permitted under the ASCR (see rule 9.2.3).

What to expect from the service

When you call the Ethics Centre you will be asked to provide some brief details about the issue.  One of our Ethics Solicitors will call you back during which they will explore with you the context in which you are seeking guidance, to unpack the dilemma and guide you through the questions you need to ask yourself. 

What not to expect

Our Ethics Solicitors do not provide guidance to the general public.  Nor do our Ethics Solicitors provide legal advice.  If you require legal advice we suggest you engage a suitably qualified lawyer. If you are a solicitor, please contact the Solicitor Assist Hotline.

How we work

The majority of the guidance we provide is done over the phone.  When you call the Ethics Centre, you will be asked to consent to the recording of the conversation for internal use only.  If consent is provided, the recording is kept confidential.  In some instances we may need to consider your query further and get back to you.

 

Where we work

Over the phone: call us on 07 3842 5843.

Email us: ethics@qls.com.au.

At Law Society House: call us to make an appointment.

At your office: call us to make an appointment to come to you (Brisbane CBD and within 20km).

 

Bespoke ethics sessions
Our Ethics team members present to firms in-house where all solicitors are members of the Society. In consultation, sessions are tailored for your firm, your practice areas and your specific audience.

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