Recorded Webinar: Managing Difficult Clients in Family Law: The Ethical Challenges (Ethics)


25th February 2020
Duration:  1 hour


Clients want their matter dealt with efficiently, expeditiously and in a cost effective manner. This session looks at what to do when this takes an unethical turn with an improper or unreasonable client request, including:

  • Duty of practitioner to comply with instructions – practical constraint

  • Establishing your ethical credentials early in the solicitor / client relationship

  • Identifying the ethical problem in client instructions – dealing with it early

  • Communicating the ethical option – reeducating the client

  • When the client instructs you not to disclose in a property matter and how to respond

  • Balancing duty of care to court with duty to client – the duty not to mislead the court

  • Learning how to say ‘no’ with emphasis but not bounce

  • Ditching the client – ethics in severing contact

  • Case study – Unreasonable client demands in parenting matters and family relocation

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Brendan King, Principal, Belleli King & Associates, Dandenong 

Brendan is a founding member of Belleli King & Associates which commenced practice in 1985.

Prior to founding our firm, Brendan spent 9 years as a Court Registrar. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University and in 2000 completed a Master of Laws majoring in family law also from Monash University. Brendan is admitted as to practice as a barrister and solicitor.

Brendan practices in all areas of law and has a particular interest in family law, crime and small business commercial disputes. He is also a skilled advocate and has appeared for the firm’s clients in various courts and tribunals including the Family Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Magistrates Courts of Victoria and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.


This webinar is suitable for family lawyers - Australia wide and it has been designed to deliver the ethics compulsory subject CPD unit for the CPD year ending 31st March 2020.

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 Price:  $198.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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