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Ethics, Professional Responsibility and the Lawyer, 3rd edition

Ethics, Professional Responsibility and the Lawyer, 3rd edition

Duncan Webb, Kathryn Dalziel and Kerry Cook, 2016

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The essential resource for legal students and practitioners who need to understand the ethical and professional requirements associated with being a practising lawyer in New Zealand.


Format: Paperback


Since the last edition of Ethics, Professional Responsibility and the Lawyer was published the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 has been enacted, and Rules of Conduct and Client Care replaced the Rules of Professional Conduct for Barristers and Solicitors in 2008. Consequently, there have been huge changes to the field of legal ethics.

This new edition incorporates these changes and the relevant jurisprudence, and includes expanded analysis of associated key topics including: lawyer-client relationships and conflicts; client confidences; privacy; and duties of care.

Legal ethics is a compulsory course for all New Zealand law students and an integral part of the lawyers’ professional life making Ethics, Professional Responsibility and the Lawyer a must-have text for all current and aspiring lawyers.



• Reflects and discusses the changes to the legal profession (and its ethical and professional responsibility requirements) with the implementation of Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (2006) and the new rules of Conduct and Client Care
• Expanded discussion of duties of client care; privacy; litigation duties and confidence
• Clarification of distinctions between confidentiality and privacy
• Extensive revision of sections on lawyer-client relationships especially the cab-rank rule and termination, and lawyer-client conflicts


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Duncan Webb is a partner and litigator at Lane Neave and a former professor of law at the University of Canterbury. He is a leading expert in lawyers’ ethics and legal responsibility and insurance law. He has appeared in the Courts at all levels (including the Supreme Court) and has appeared as counsel in numerous professional disciplinary matters. He has published a number of articles and books, including Ethics, Professional Responsibility and the Lawyer, and is a frequent speaker at professional and academic events both in New Zealand and overseas.

Kathryn Dalziel is a partner at Taylor Shaw and lectures at the University of Canterbury School of Law in Legal Ethics. She practices in civil litigation, employment law, privacy law and professional ethics, and she is on a New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee as well as the New Zealand Law Society Human Rights and Privacy Committee.

Kerry Cook is a barrister at Bridgeside Chambers in Christchurch, practising in criminal law and civil litigation with interests in serious fraud, administrative law, professional discipline, coronial inquests and human rights issues, among others. He previously lectured in criminal law and the law of evidence at the University of Canterbury.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Profession and society
Chapter 2. The role of lawyers
Chapter 3. The law society and its roles
Chapter 4. ProfessionalsStandards
Chapter 5. Lawyer–client relationship
Chapter 6. Lawyer–client conflicts
Chapter 7. Conflicts of duty
Chapter 8. Confidence
Chapter 9. Protecting former clients’ confidences
Chapter 10. Duties to disclose and keep informed
Chapter 11. Competence
Chapter 12. Fees
Chapter 13. Administration of justice
Chapter 14. Duties in the conduct of litigation
Chapter 15. Duties in the conduct of a legal practice

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