Ethics Hypotheticals: In conversation with John Cleary (1 CLE/CPD point)


60 minute audio session= 1 CLE/CPD point*

“Lawyers have a very sacred duty of confidentiality, people hold us to be people they can confide in to discuss and really wrestle with their legal problems and if they can’t be assured that we can uphold that then I think we lose trust in our profession”

Have you ever identified conflicting information in a client’s personal details? Or received an allegation between parties you’re representing? Perhaps you have a client which constantly contacts you through social media? Throughout your time practising as a lawyer, you will come across circumstances and situations which challenge your ethics. It is important to understand your professional obligations, however fine the line.

In this episode of Salvos Legal CLE/CPD for Lawyers, John Cleary (formerly of ABC Radio National’s Sunday Nights) sits down with Salvos Legal Senior Associate Amy Burton and Jack Ding to examine the ethical dilemmas faced by practising lawyers. The discussion raises important questions in relation to issues such as fraudulent clients, conflicts of interest in cases of alleged domestic violence, and the impact of social media on legal practice. Lastly, Amy and Jack answer these questions by outlining the most ethical steps to take to meet their professional obligations.

Listen to this on-demand audio session anywhere and anytime. Whether you’re wanting to listen to a discussion around ethics or meet your CLE/CPD requirements.

This continuing legal education audio session will deliver the following learning outcomes:

  • Outline different steps to take with your client should you notice they lie or withhold information which might impact their case.
  • Understand how to manage fraudulent client behaviour.
  • Learn your obligations when you notice signs of abuse on your client.

Please note that the purchase of this CLE/CPD product allows you to access the recording 5 times over a period of 365 days from the date of purchase.
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John Cleary

John Cleary has been described as ‘one of Australia’s leading commentators on religious affairs’. He was the presenter of Sunday Night on ABC Local Radio, and a member of ABC’s specialist Religion unit, where he often provided commentary on Religious issues for ABC Radio and Television.

John is best known on Radio National as the presenter of The Religion Report and the philosophy program Meridian. An original member of the Compass Team, John regularly featured on the Triple J morning program with Angela Catterns and Jen Oldershaw.

Amy Burton

Amy Burton holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts from Monash University. After completing Law school, she worked as a junior solicitor for top-tier law firm Allens, where she worked in Corporate Insolvency and Restructuring.

Passionate about social justice, Amy worked for Australian government in criminal law reform and policy reform before joining Salvos Legal as an Associate Solicitor in late 2014. Amy is currently a Senior Associate at Salvos Legal in the Humanitarian Team. In 2017, Amy was announced as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards (Pro Bono category).

Jack Ding

For the past three years, Jack has been practising as a lawyer within Salvos Legal’s Corporate and Commercial team. He has refined his practice acting for various corporations, churches, institutions and not-for-profit organisations. Jack enjoys advising and acting for his clients in commercial transactions and disputes, civil claims and litigation.

Jack holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to his current role, he gained exposure to a range of humanitarian areas including family law and criminal law matters. In his time away from work, he serves his local community as a Director at the Park Community Network, which is a generalist community centre covering South West Sydney.

* CLE/CPD schemes are based upon self-assessment of an educational activity. In order to count an educational activity towards mandatory CLE/CPD requirements a legal practitioner must determine for themselves that the activity extends their knowledge and skills in areas relevant to their practise or professional development. If you are in WA, please note we are not a WA Law Society accredited CPD/CLE provider and an audio session will not count towards your points.