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Ethics – Are They Relevant in 2020? (on-demand)

NSW Legal Services Commissioner discusses ethics in the context of the events of the year 2020, explaining how ethics are as important in 2020 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

-  Costs disclosure.

1 CPD unit (one unit per hour)

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.


Learning outcomes

This course will assist participants to:

  • Recognise ethical issues and discuss how they relate to the circumstances applicable in 2020
  • 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 this discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS Student or Staff ID number in your UTS Open Profile (under ‘a bit about you’).

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

  • UTS Student / Alumni: Lawalumni
  • UTS Staff: Lstaff

Please note that there’s a limit of one discount rate per participant.



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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Meet the Expert

John McKenzie

John McKenzie
Legal Services Commissioner, OLSCNSW

John McKenzie was appointed as the Legal Services Commissioner for NSW from 12 March 2015.  A solicitor for 34 years, he worked primarily as an accredited specialist in criminal law, largely for the Aboriginal Legal Service and was on the staff of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He also worked some years in private practice, for Legal Aid and in community legal centres.

John was appointed as 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. He was re-appointed as Legal Services Commissioner for a period of five years, from 28 February 2019.

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  • 1 session, 1 hour total
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