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Guide to ethical obligations of in-house lawyers – for non-lawyer colleagues

In-house lawyers face challenges that do not arise in private practice. One of these challenges is seeking to have work colleagues, who are not lawyers, appreciate the professional ethical obligations that lawyers who practice in-house are required to abide by.

To assist in-house lawyers engage on this issue with their non-lawyer work colleagues, the Corporate Lawyers Committee has produced a set of slides which can be used to inform non-lawyers about these ethical obligations.

The PowerPoint presentation contains concise speaking points and suggested speaker background notes. Once downloaded, it can be amended and supplemented by the speaker to suit their particular presentation (NB: you may need to adjust your computer settings to view the speaker notes).

Access the PowerPoint slides here.

In addition, a second PowerPoint presentation, with Law Society branding (PDF only) can be downloaded and or printed as a reference guide.

Access the Law Society PowerPoint presentation here.

This document has been produced solely for use by in house lawyers to provide general assistance in relation to some aspects of in house practice. It is not exhaustive of issues which in house lawyers may encounter, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is a general guide only and practitioners must take care to fully consider the circumstances and laws applicable to their circumstances. While every care has been taken in the production of this document, no legal responsibility or liability is accepted, warranted or implied by the authors or The Law Society of New South Wales and any liability is hereby expressly disclaimed.




  • In-House Corporate Lawyers Committee
  • Law Society of NSW
  • 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • T: (02) 9926 0186
  • E: Corporate Lawyers Committee