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Ethical considerations are an inherent part of practising law due to the multiple obligations solicitors owe their clients, the Courts, the profession and the public. With so many interests to serve, the right path to take is not always clear.

The Law Society of New South Wales is responsible for assisting all solicitors in the State deliver services that are of the highest professional and ethical standards.

The Law Society performs this role by combining its regulatory powers with an increasing emphasis on education and supporting the profession to comply with the ethical requirements of practice.

Our role

About the Ethics Unit – read more about the Law Society’s Ethics Unit, as well as the Solicitors Rules.

View the Law Society's Statement of Ethics

Help with ethics

Ethics Assistance Line – confidential assistance with ethical issues via phone, email or in person.

Ethics Committee Guidance – guidance about proposed actions or ethical disputes, such as conflicts of interest.

Ethics education –  face-to-face ethics seminars, including customised in-house continuing professional development programs. 


Ethics FAQS – information on common ethical issues. 

Protocols and guidelines – information about self-represented parties, information barriers and leaving a legal practice etc.

Papers and articles – research papers and Law Society Journal articles on ethics.


  • 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