1 Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Ethical Decision Making for Lawyers

LawCPD Author: Rachel Baird
Dr Rachel Baird
Director Iceberg SRC
1 CPD Point


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How well equipped do you feel when facing ethical dilemmas in the course of your practice?

Every situation you face will be different and involve weighing up many competing interests and duties – often under significant time pressure.

Having a framework or process to rely on can help alleviate the stress of facing these situations, and ensures you consider all the relevant factors before making a decision. It can also help you to justify your decision, should the need arise.

This course:

  • outlines a practical decision making framework for approaching ethical dilemmas
  • provides the opportunity to apply this framework to two simulated ethical dilemmas
  • supports you to develop your own process and strategies for successfully navigating ethical dilemmas.

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Last Reviewed: December 2023

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LawCPD Author: Rachel Baird
Dr Rachel Baird
Director Iceberg SRC

Dr Rachel Baird has 30 years experience as a lawyer, senior executive and non executive director.

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  1. 5.0/5
    Very helpful in outlining the process for ethical decision making
    Very helpful in outlining the process for ethical decision making, the social media scenario was relevant and helpful.
  2. 5.0/5
    A good reminder of our ethical obligations
  3. 4.0/5
    A great refresher on a lawyer's obligations and responsibilities.
    Lawyers of all levels of experience need a reminder of professional responsibilities from time to time and this course provides it. Also good for newly admitted lawyers.
  4. 5.0/5
    This was a great course.
    Helpful framework and good case studies to work through.
  5. 5.0/5
    Very good unit - presents helpful examples of more common ethical scenarios and works through methodically.
    Very good unit - presents helpful examples of more common ethical scenarios and works through methodically.
  6. 4.0/5
    This is great course.
    The course provided ample examples and comprehensive processes.
  7. 5.0/5
    Great Course
    The 5 step framework is very helpful.
  8. 5.0/5
    This is an excellent course
    The course was clear and easy to follow with good examples and prompts. It also provided a useful framework.
  9. 4.0/5
    Great course
    Engaging and helpful. The course was well prepared and information was presented in a concise and engaging manner.
  10. 5.0/5
    This course is a like wake up call to every solicitor
    This course is very easy to understand and follow.
  11. 5.0/5
    Great course
    The course was easy to follow and the scenarios were excellent
  12. 4.0/5
    Excellent course and logical to follow.
    Should be a great resource for young lawyers
  13. 4.0/5
    Well constructed thought provoking framework
  14. 5.0/5
    This is a great course for busy lawyers, simple and succinct.
    The course was easy to follow with clear instruction on a factual scenario with a case study and professional conduct statute. I learn a lot.
  15. 4.0/5
    Highly insightful framework
    Very simple yet highly efficient framework to work through ethical problems that no doubt will always arise. Very helpful.
  16. 5.0/5
    Practical guidance which is helpful for all practitioners
    I enjoyed this course as it was easy to follow and it provided practical guidance on managing ethical considerations. This course explains a framework and process for considering ethical issues that may arise as well as examples of how to apply this framework to example scenarios. I would recommend this to any practitioner.
  17. 5.0/5
    Great practical gudiance
    We all face ethical dilemmas/situations. This course provides a great framework to assist in making the 'right' decision from an ethical perspective. Great practical guidance.
  18. 4.0/5
    Excellent course with very good scenarios to expain the ethical issues which frequently arise.
    Very engaging content/format with excellent examples to reflect upon. Very sound framework to use when faced with these in practice.
  19. 5.0/5
    Interesting framework for recording the decision making process
    This was a really helpful framework to justify decisions but also to record the process (in the event the decision is ever questioned).
  20. 5.0/5
    Good Practical Overview of EDM
    Well structured and logically presented for practical application.
  21. 5.0/5
    Great refresher
    This course was a really great way to get a refresher on Ethics
  22. 5.0/5
    Easy to understand and very informative.
  23. 4.0/5
    Smoothly presented
    Very helpful to have a structured way of thinking to fall back on when needed.
  24. 5.0/5
    This is an interesting course
    This course provides an excellent framework for approaching ethical issues faced in legal practice.
  25. 5.0/5
    Great Refresher on Ethical Conduct
    Simple to follow and provided a useful framework to follow in practice.
  26. 5.0/5
    Great and interactive course
    Highly engaging and thought-provoking.