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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 of the court.

This seminar will include:

  • An update on debarring orders and disqualification issues
  • A review of recent cases dealing with ethical issues arising in courtroom conduct and case preparation
  • Consideration of the Conduct and Client Care Rules, including the 2021 Amendment rules (bullying, harassment, etc) in the advocacy context
  • Aspects of courtroom procedure and the duty to protect court processes.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will be able to:

  • Identify professional perils before they become a problem.
  • Learn about recent cases in this area.
  • Understand the professional rules applicable to advocacy.
  • Be a better advocate.

Who should attend

Litigation lawyers of all levels of experience.


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

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $145 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $195 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Use the Multiple Registration button below or Click here
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Live Web Stream 17 August
Auckland 17 August


COLLINS Paul 2021 Paul Collins
Barrister, Shortland Chambers

Paul has wide experience in areas of professional discipline and regulation in the legal profession. He has prosecuted numerous cases in the Disciplinary Tribunal and has appeared in the Senior Courts in cases involving discipline and regulation in the legal profession. Paul was a convenor of the National Standards Committee until his nine year tenure expired and he continues to be involved in litigation and advisory work in relation to complaints and discipline. He is a contributing author to Professional Responsibility in New Zealand (LexisNexis) and was consulting editor for The Laws of New Zealand: Lawyers and Conveyancers.

ILLINGWORTH Grant 2021 Grant Illingworth QC

Grant has a Masters of Laws degree (Hons) from Auckland University and won the Fowlds Memorial Prize during his study for that degree. He has conducted his own practice as a barrister since 1975 and was admitted to the inner bar in 2003. Grant has regularly appeared as counsel in all the senior courts of New Zealand, including the Supreme Court and (previously) the Privy Council. Particular areas of specialist expertise are:

  • Public law, including constitutional law, administrative law, extradition law, judicial review and rights of appeal;
  • Tribunal proceedings, including disciplinary proceedings for the medical, legal and accountancy professions;
  • Civil litigation, including negligence claims, contract disputes, land law and commercial litigation;
  • The law relating to trusts, equitable interests and relationship property; and
  • Dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.

Cancellation and refund policy

You may cancel your registration eight working days in advance of an event, and you will receive a refund less a 25% administration fee. If you cancel less than eight working days in advance of the event, no refund is payable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you wish to do so you must advise CLE in writing of the change. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to close registrations, and, cancel or reschedule an event as necessary. Where an event is cancelled by CLE, a full refund is payable.

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