The third edition of Inside Lawyers' Ethics offers an engaging and practical examination of the moral and ethical dilemmas that legal professionals may encounter in a rapidly changing professional environment. The text provides comprehensive coverage and analysis of general philosophical approaches to morality as well as the legal frameworks which govern ethical decision-making and practice. This new edition has been thoroughly updated and provides in-depth coverage of the Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules (ASCR) to enable readers to successfully understand, analyse and apply guiding ethical frameworks. Case studies and discussion questions in each chapter provide practical examples from case law, legal practice and research to illustrate common challenges and explain how ethical and moral principles can be applied to a variety of common scenarios. Written by leading academics in the field, this essential text equips readers with the skills to enact ethical behaviours and confidently confront common ethical challenges in their everyday practice.
Christine Parker is a Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne where she teaches corporate social responsibility and business regulation, legal ethics and food law and policy. Christine has a deep interest in both conceptualising and communicating how law and regulation can help individuals and especially businesses live more sustainably and well in our ecological systems. She is developing an academic research project in this area and has helped develop and show a live multi-media eco-music performance, Music for a Warming World, about our individual, social and political responses to climate change. Adrian Evans is Professor of Law and Associate Dean, Academic Resourcing at Monash Law School, as well as a recipient of the Monash Vice-Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has extensive teaching experience, legal practice and research histories in clinical case supervision, moral development and legal ethics. Adrian has published in relation to ethics for lawyers and law firms, the notion of 'quality' in clinical experience, client attitudes to lawyers, the values of legal practitioners, monitoring and controlling lawyer corruption, and the ethical environment, in which lawyers' fidelity compensation is addressed locally and internationally. Adrian is currently exploring the emerging links between legal ethics, AI's value systems and climate defence.
1. Introduction: values in practice; 2. Alternatives to adversarial advocacy; 3. The responsibility climate: professionalism and the regulation of lawyers' ethics; 4. Confidentiality: boundaries and disclosure; 5. Ethics in criminal justice: proof and truth; 6. Civil dispute resolution and excessive adversarialism; 7. Conflicting loyalties; 8. Lawyers' fees and costs: billing and over-charging; 9. Corporate lawyers and corporate misconduct; 10. Conclusion: personal professionalism virtue, values and legal professionalism.