Professional conduct between solicitors

Professional conduct between solicitors: How to determine if an opponent has crossed the line, and what to do

The practice of law is challenging enough — managing clients, the courts, third parties, and the normal day to day robust communications with other solicitors. Then you have the additional unpalatable task of dealing with solicitors whose conduct in the course of the matter is unprofessional, personal, not in the best interest of the client, and downright rude and discourteous. When faced with this dilemma, should you simply ignore it and press on (with your own client’s best interests at heart), stand up for yourself and push back, or solve the issue some other way?

If you have ever faced such a difficulty, or would like some ideas about how to manage such a circumstance, come along and listen to Rob Reis speak of recent and past examples, and the methods that have produced the cleanest and most effective results.


  • When: 10.30-11:30am, Friday 29 January 20210. In consideration of other attendees, we seek your cooperation in arriving on time.
  • Where: ACT Law Society Blackburn Training Room, Level 4, 1 Farrell Place, Canberra City
  • Light refreshments will be provided
  • Members will earn 1 CPD unit in Core Area 1
  • Cost (incl GST): $88 members, $115 non-members, $25 students/CLCs
  • Registrations close Sunday 24 January 

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Cancellation policy: 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. CPD Events — In the case of CPD events, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.

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Single ticket $115.00 (GST incl.) Register



Rob Reis, Professional Standards Manager, ACT Law Society

Rob has been the Professional Standards Manager since the commencement of the Legal Profession Act in 2006, and investigates allegations of misconduct by practitioners including conflicts of interest, breach of confidentiality, and trust account misappropriation and defalcation. Previously Rob was in private practice from 1985. In addition to his statutory role Rob is the ACT representative on the Professional Ethics Committee of the Law Council of Australia, and presents risk management and trust account seminars for newly admitted practitioners, paralegals and other administrative and support staff. He also runs tri-annual mandatory Practice Management Courses for senior and experienced practitioners and is a sessional lecturer and tutor at the University of Canberra and formerly a tutor in Ethics at the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Australian National University.

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