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Lawyers in Australia Paperback – 14 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Federation Press; 2 edition (14 September 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862878412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862878419
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 599 g
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Review of previous editions:
Students completing their bachelor of laws in jurisdictions where the study of ethics is compulsory (this is not the case in WA), and all graduates completing admissions courses, will find the section on ethics a very useful summary. It deals with ethical codes, the client-lawyer relationship and the lawyer’s duty to the court, to other members of the profession and third parties. The client-lawyer relationship incorporates detailed analysis of the retainer, the duty to advise, the duty of competence and care and the duty of loyalty. This section is also a primer for lawyers who wish to enlarge their understanding of the law underpinning professional conduct rules and the law relating to professional privilege and lawyer liability.

The sociological context covers the definition of a lawyer and legal work, the development of the Australian profession and professional institutions like law societies, fidelity funds and public purposes funds. There is a broader discussion about the role of the judiciary, the legal culture, the costs and delivery of legal services and access to justice that is general background for any lawyer or student preparing to undertake specific law reform analysis. To a certain extent the authors create for law students a tempered but nevertheless heroic context for their future practice of the law, emphasising what the law can do. The book would be a useful addition to a firm library, particularly if that firm engages winter and summer clerks and articled clerks and graduate trainees.

Law Society Journal of Western Australia, Vol 34 (10) November 2007

About the Author

Ainslie Lamb AM    

Ainslie holds a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the legal profession, legal education in relation to cross-cultural and indigenous issues, and community education.

Ainslie practised as a solicitor in Victoria for 25 years. In 1994 she joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong, as the Foundation Director of the Practical Legal Training Course. She was appointed as an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the Faculty of Law in 2004.



John Littrich    

John Littrich practised as a solicitor in the Illawarra area of New South Wales for 13 and was an accredited specialist in Family Law. He joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong as a leturer in the Practical Legal Training (PLT) Course in 2002.

During his years of practice he was also a regular volunteer with the Illawarra Community Legal Centre and is now a member of the Centre’s Management Board. He also worked for a year as an employer industrial advocate.

Now a senior lecturer, in his time with the Faculty of Law he has taught in the LLB Lawyers and Australian Society subject and, for several years, has co-ordinated and taught in the LLB Family Law subjects, in addition to his PLT commitments. He also co-ordinates the Faculty’s Legal Internship Program.

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