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Ethical Consideration in Mediation and Settlement Discussions
Monday 29 May 2017, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Know the difference between what you have the right to do, and what it is right to do. 

Venue: Law Society Northern Territory, Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
Price: $99 incl GST
Level: Suitable for all levels of legal practice

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Overview

Settlement discussions often take place behind closed doors, informally, and sometimes with haste. These factors do no, however, lessen a lawyer’s obligation to maintain ethical behaviour towards their opponent as well as any mediator or arbiter involved in the discussions. Indeed, a higher duty may be owed given that all parties must rely on each other’s’ honesty as to the material facts of a matter, and there is no finder of fact involved. Mediation and informal settlement are becoming much more common, and practitioners should take the opportunity to review their ethical obligations and the tools they use to foster ethical decision-making.

This CPD will look at ethical decision-making in negotiation and mediation situations, as well as the scope of the duty and to whom it may be owed.

 

Presenter: Matthew Littlejohn, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Darwin

Matthew Littlejohn is the Regional Office Leader of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers’ Darwin office. He has been with the firm for nearly 5 years, and in this time has practiced across a broad range of areas, including class actions, medical negligence, product liability, and workers compensation. Matthew has also been named one of Lawyers Weekly’s 2016 top 30 lawyers under 30 in Australia for his work in insurance litigation.

 

Earn 1 CPD point in Professional Ethics and Responsibilities (CA)

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