Upcoming events

    • 20 Jun 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Level 21, Federal Court of Australia, Law Courts Building, 184 Phillip St Sydney

    Time and date: 5:30 - 7:00pm, Tuesday 20 June 2017

    Venue: Ceremonial Court of the Federal Court of Australia, Level 21, Law Courts Building, Queen's Square, Sydney

    This, the second ethics themed Sydney event of the Academy for 2017, brings together an eminent panel of participants in the Australian legal services market to debate the tension between the ancient fiduciary-based ethical principles on which the legal profession is based and the modern mercantile profit-driven business objectives of those who make their living out of the practice of law. 

    While that tension has long been a feature of legal practice, it has become more acute as firms have grown larger and more profitable (and more expensive to run), a rapid evolutionary process that, in a few short decades, has found its apotheosis in today‚Äôs global law firms of +1,000 partners with billings in the billions of dollars.  Some firms have even become listed companies, a significant legal development that has imposed additional layers of duties and responsibilities on the principals and yielded mixed success. 

    The panel will be comprised as follows:

    Chair and moderator: Fiona McLeod SC, President of the Law Council of Australia


    Donald Robertson, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Sydney Law School

    Noel Hutley SC, Barrister Sydney and former President of the New South Wales Bar Association

    Dr Attracta Lagan, Ethicist and Founder of "Managing Values"

    John McKenzie, Legal Services Commissioner for New South Wales

    Dr Linda Tucker, Chairperson, Community Legal Centres New South Wales

    Please see the attached flyer for further details.

    • 17 Jul 2017
    • 5:15 PM
    • Federal Court of Australia, 1 Victoria Avenue, Perth

    Speaker: Professor Erika J Techera, FAAL, Director, UWA Oceans Institute and Professor of the University of Western Australia Law School

    Time and date: 5.15pm (for a 5.30pm start), Thursday 17 July 2017

    Venue: Federal Court of Australia, 1 Victoria Avenue, Perth

    As Director of the UWA Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia, Erika Techera provides strategic leadership and management of the flagship, multi-disciplinary research and teaching institute focusing on solutions to real world challenges facing our oceans. Before taking up this role, Erika was Dean of the UWA Law School. Erika's area of research interest is international and comparative environmental law with a particular emphasis on marine environmental governance and cultural heritage law and policy relating to the oceans. She is the author of over 60 books, chapters and papers, predominantly in the field of environmental law. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and in 2016 was awarded the Australian Lawyers' Weekly Academic of the Year.

    Please see the attached flyer for further information. 

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