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Ethics – How are they Relevant in Pandemic Times? (on-demand)



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John McKenzie

John McKenzie
Legal Services Commissioner, OLSCNSW

John is the NSW Legal Services Commissioner. A solicitor for 34 years, he has worked primarily as an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, largely for the Aboriginal Legal Service and on the staff of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He has also worked some years in private practice, legal aid and community legal centres.

He was appointed the NSW Legal Services Commissioner in 2015 to head the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner, which has the statutory responsibility for all complaints against lawyers.

His appointment ends in February 2024. Until then he will be working to improve the professional standards and behaviour of the legal profession in NSW, whilst also addressing the concerns raised by anyone who lodges a complaint.

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NSW Legal Services Commissioner discusses ethics in the context of the events of the year 2020, explaining how ethics are as important now as they have ever been, and highlighting some topical areas for consideration.

About this course

In this online, on-demand course, Legal Services Commissioner for NSW, John McKenzie, discusses the ethical aspects of technology and new business models, the importance of human contact and communication, gender discrimination and sexual harassment and costs disclosure.

Course structure

This course consists of a one-hour video recording of a lecture by Legal Services Commissioner for NSW, John McKenzie, together with reference resources.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

For NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: “If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) “unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.”

Learning outcomes

This course will assist participants to:

  • Recognise ethical issues and discuss how they relate to the circumstances applicable in this time of pandemic
  • Analyse, plan, monitor and reflect upon ethical aspects of their own practice
  • Contribute to developments in ethics for the legal profession.


A discount of 10% is available to UTS alumni or UTS staff enrolling in this short course.

If you’re eligible for an alumni discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS Student number during checkout.

When signing up for the session, use the relevant voucher code to apply the discount to your cart:

  • UTS Student / Alumni: Lawalumni

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Who is this course for?

This program is particularly useful for:

  • General practitioners
  • Corporate lawyers and in-house counsel
  • Sole practitioners
  • Partners
  • Employed lawyers
  • Legal managers and HR practitioners.


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Expert: John McKenzie
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  • 1 hour total
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