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Lawyers in Australia

Lawyers in Australia

ISBN 9781862878419
Edition 2 New edition
Publication Date
Publisher Federation Press
Lawyers in Australia is a wide-ranging and detailed examination of the legal profession. It contextualises the role, responsibilities and ethics of lawyers in contemporary Australian society and discusses recent trends and issues. This edition updates the text with: information about the National Legal Profession Project and a review of key provisions of the proposed National Laws and Rules; reference to relevant case law since the publication of the 1st edition; updated statistical information relating to lawyers and the legal profession in Australia; reference to recent studies and commentary in relation to lawyers and the legal profession in Australia; revised discussion and research questions relating to each chapter. In addition there are chapters about: who lawyers are and what they do; legal education in Australia including trends and developments; the structure and regulation of the legal profession; legal culture, including demographic and sociological trends; the judiciary, focusing on accountability and the processes by which judges and magistrates are appointed; the changing nature of legal services delivery due to the development of a national legal services market; access to justice, including legal aid and pro bono services; equality before the law with specific attention to indigenous peoples and refugees; ethics and professional responsibility, including complaints and the disciplinary process; the lawyer-client relationship, covering the 'retainer', the duty to advise, the duty of competence and care, and the duty of loyalty; the lawyer's duty to the court and the proper administration of justice; the future of the legal profession and legal services.

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