ACT legal ethics cases: 2020 in review

ACT legal ethics cases: 2020 in review

Athol Opas, barrister at Blackburn Chambers Canberra, will present this practically-focussed CPD session for members of the ACT Law Society and ACT Bar Association. Athol will review local court and tribunal decisions dealing with ACT lawyer occupational discipline proceedings in 2020, as well as other local court decisions touching on legal ethics issues. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. 

As a barrister, Athol has acted for and against the ACT Law Society in legal occupational discipline proceedings. He served for several years on the ACT Law Society Council, including as President from 2009 to 2011, and he is currently a member of the Law Society’s Legal Profession Act and Ethics Committee. 

Athol Opas, Barrister

Athol principally practices in commercial law, public law, occupational discipline and general civil litigation. He provides practical, outcome-focused advice and representation. Athol has represented and advised commercial clients, not-for-profit organisations, Commonwealth Government entities and individuals in proceedings including Federal Court, ACT Supreme Court, ACT Magistrates Court, ACAT and coronial inquest proceedings. In 2019 and 2020 Athol was recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a recommended Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Barrister in the ACT.


  • When: Wednesday 14 July 2021, 5.30-7pm
  • Where: Blackburn Chambers, Level 12, 1 Hobart Place (AMP Building), Canberra
  • Light refreshments will be provided
  • Members will earn 1 CPD unit in Core Area 1
  • Cost (incl GST): $88 per person
  • Registrations close Friday 9 July 2021

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Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.3% surcharge may be incurred on online payments. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email. 

Definitions — 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'Young Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means a full time student studying law at a recognised Australian tertiary institution.

All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. 

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Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.

The Law Society is enforcing covid-safe measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

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