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Ethics and Large Law Firms

Elizabeth Nosworthy

in Legal Ethics and Legal Practice

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198259459
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681950 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259459.003.0004
Ethics and Large Law Firms

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This chapter articulates some of the changes in legal practice which have occurred in Australia over the last decade, particularly in large law firms. There is no reason to believe that this rate of change will slow. Indeed, as the pace of technological change increases and as the business community reacts to that new technology, the legal profession, and particularly large law firms, will continue to adapt to the changing needs of the market place. Whilst the fact of change does not, of itself, necessarily require that long-held ethical positions should be abandoned or varied, it does suggest that large law firms should be proactive in re-examining their ethical and institutional values. As the needs and expectations of clients change, traditional responses to ethical dilemmas may no longer be adequate. Further, as these firms continue to grow in size and influence, the necessity of re-examining their internal cultures and their attitudes to shouldering social responsibilities will become increasingly apparent.

Keywords: legal ethics; legal profession; law firms; legal practice; Australia

Chapter.  7870 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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