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Advocacy Ethics Update

Advocacy Ethics Update
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Independence of judgement and freedom from compromising influences or loyalties are essential to courtroom advocacy. So too is knowledge of acceptable conduct in litigation. This seminar will explore the current law in this area, including the circumstances in which a lawyer may be disqualified from acting in litigation and the requirements of an advocate as an officer for the court.

This seminar will include:
  • An up-to-date survey of relevant case law and a discussion concerning disqualification of counsel
  • The law concerning irresponsible pleadings and scandalous allegations
  • The withdrawal by counsel during a hearing
  • Practical advice concerning interactions with witnesses; including expert witnesses
  • Discussion about the duty to not mislead the courts and the line between being a "fearless advocate" and your "duty as an officer of the court".

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will gain:

  • An awareness of the relevant rules of client care.
  • Knowledge of the approach taken by the courts and regulators.
  • Skills to think critically and identify an issue before it becomes a problem.

Who should attend

All Practice Areas (any practitioner who may be appearing in court on a matter).


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $115 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $165 - Non-members

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Auckland 3 July
Live Web Stream 3 July


Paul Collins WEB EDIT Paul Collins
Barrister, Shortland Chambers, Auckland

Paul has wide experience in areas of professional discipline and regulation in the legal profession and legal ethics. He has prosecuted numerous cases in the Disciplinary Tribunal and has also appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal in cases relating to professional responsibility and other aspects of regulation of the legal profession. Paul lectures in the Legal Ethics course at the University of Auckland Law School. He was a convenor of the National Standards Committee until his nine year tenure expired last year and has been involved in Standards Committee training since the outset of the LCA. Paul is a contributing author to Professional Responsibility in New Zealand (LexisNexis) and was the consulting editor for The Laws of New Zealand: Lawyers and Conveyancers.

Tim Mullins 2 WEB EDIT Tim Mullins
Partner, LeeSalmonLong, Auckland

Tim practises primarily in commercial litigation, regulatory/competition law and intellectual property. He advises and acts for lawyers, and occasionally the NZLS, in relation to legal professional and regulatory issues. Tim also taught Legal Ethics as an adjunct Lecturer at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Law for several years.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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0800 333 111


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Law Society Building
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Wellington 6011

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PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand