Remote Work for Lawyers: Ethics and Cyber Risk

Ethics and Professional Responsibility

CPD Points 1


This course discusses how lawyers can uphold their professional and ethical obligations while working remotely. It covers key issues such as supervision, client confidentiality, competent use of technology and managing cyber risk.

Prior to 2020, many lawyers worked remotely – at least to some extent. Then in 2020, with the onset of COVID-19, a much bigger percentage of lawyers were suddenly working remotely. It also seems likely that this temporary shift may become more permanent as law firms indicate greater willingness to allow lawyers to work remotely, even after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

However, lawyers who work remotely face certain challenges when it comes to upholding their professional and ethical obligations. This means it is critical for lawyers to clearly understand their obligations and how to navigate the ethical issues they are likely to face when working remotely.

This course discusses the ethical issues lawyers face when working remotely, and provides practical guidance on how to successfully navigate these. The course discusses areas including:

  • ensuring appropriate supervision;
  • maintaining client confidentiality;
  • competent use of technology; and
  • managing cyber risk.

The course also explores real-life ethical challenges lawyers face when working remotely – both from home and from other locations – and how to successfully manage these situations.

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Last Updated: February 2022

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LawCPD Author: Catryn Urquhart

Cathryn Urquhart

Cathryn has over 30 years experience in the legal profession both as a lawyer in private and in-house practice and more recently in running her own successful business in training and coaching.

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    This course provides some interesting and helpful information relevant to me.
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    Helped me reflect on my duties
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