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About the Ethics Unit

The law is a challenging profession which confronts solicitors with sensitive issues requiring fine judgments to be made at every turn. Legal practice has also long been one of the most highly regulated professions in the country, with strict codes of conduct and prescriptive legislation.

In response to this complex environment the Law Society's Ethics Unit can assist practitioners with their professional and ethical obligations.

Part of the Professional Standards Department, the Ethics Unit is staffed by a team of experienced Ethics Solicitors. They provide prompt and reasoned information to solicitors in line with established ethical and legal principles.

The unit researches relevant ethical and legal developments and submits timely and informative reports to the Society's Ethics Committee. It also provides ethics education, including the publication of articles in the Law Society Journal and CPD to solicitors.

Solicitors' Rules

The Legal Profession Uniform Law Australian Solicitor's Conduct Rules are binding on all NSW solicitors and embody many of the concepts arising out of case law and recognised fiduciary duties.

The Legal Profession Uniform Legal Practice (Solicitor's) Rules also deal with some of the obligations owed by solicitors.

The Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Solicitors) Rules 2015 require all solicitors to complete one hour of ethics CPD every year.


  • Ethics Unit
  • Law Society of NSW
  • 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • DX 362 Sydney
  • T: (02) 9926 0114
  • F: (02) 9221 5804
  • E: ethics@lawsociety.com.au