Lawyer Independence under the Spotlight in Australia

Suzanne Le Mire (2018) Lawyer Independence under the Spotlight In Australia, Legal Ethics, 21:1, 93-95, DOI: 10.1080/1460728x.2018.1509042

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-75

Posted: 3 Jul 2019

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Suzanne M. Le Mire

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

Over the past few months Australia has been transfixed as the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry holds its public hearings.1 Revelations about financial advice for dead people, exploitative lending and lying by advisors and institutions alike have provided plenty of fodder for water cooler conversations. One issue, amongst the myriad that has emerged, has focussed on the ethical duties of lawyers: a financial institution used an ‘independent’ report from a law firm to reassure the regulator about their activities, despite the fact that there were real questions about whether the report was, in fact, independent.

Keywords: Lawyer Independence

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Le Mire, Suzanne M., Lawyer Independence under the Spotlight in Australia (2018). Suzanne Le Mire (2018) Lawyer Independence under the Spotlight In Australia, Legal Ethics, 21:1, 93-95, DOI: 10.1080/1460728x.2018.1509042 ; U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-75. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3414080

Suzanne M. Le Mire (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

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