Thursday, 21 August 2008

Federal Magistrates Court: disqualifying both lawyers from acting

In the unusual recent Federal Magistrates Court case of Lakey and Lakey, Federal Magistrate Brewer disqualified BOTH sets of lawyers from acting for their clients.

His Honour took a keen eye to the practical, as opposed to stricly theoretical, possible misuse of confidential information by lawyers, including extending that discussion ot barristers who are on opposite sides to each other, but in the same chambers. His Honour also commented on the realities of the ACT market for employment of family lawyers (given movement of various lawyers between the two, dominant family law firms in Canberra).

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