Ethics and Practice
The Ethics and Trust Regulation Unit of the Law Society
- Educating, Supporting and Guiding the Profession
Welcome to the Law Society's Ethics and Practice business unit.
Ethics and Practice performs the majority of the Society’s functions
with respect to ethical standards and trust accounting. Its core
activities are as follows:
- Establishing and maintaining standards of conduct for the legal
- Educating, advising and providing support to the legal profession
on ethical and trust accounting issues.
- Examining trust money handling and reporting practices by legal
practitioners in order to assess and ensure compliance with the
statutory requirements contained in the Legal Practitioners Act
- Supervising trust accounts and managing legal practices when
appointed to do so under sections 44 and 45 of the Act.
- Advising the Society on the validity of claims against the
Guarantee Fund pursuant to section 60 of the Act.
Under limited circumstances Ethics and Practice is required to report
suspected misconduct to the Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner
accordance with section 14AB of the Act, and can direct the Conduct
Commissioner to carry out investigations of suspected misconduct pursuant to
section 76(1)(1a) of the Act.
However, Ethics and Practice has no investigative powers with respect
to conduct issues, and does not discipline or penalise practitioners
for breaches of professional legal obligations.
The bodies responsible for investigating complaints of misconduct, and
disciplining legal practitioners are the Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner, Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and
the Supreme Court of South Australia.
The primary focus of Ethics and Practice is on educating and advising
the legal profession, and to some extent the public, in order to
minimise the risk to practitioners of disciplinary action and to assist
practitioners in complying with their professional obligations.
If you have an ethical or trust accounting problem or question, please
contact Ethics and Practice on 82290229 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org