Advocate’s Immunity

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CPD Points 1

  • C4: Substantive Law (1)

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Advocate’s Immunity

Joshua appears regularly in trials, appeals and significant argued applications, as well as at mediations and arbitrations.

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Elearning seminars are subject to an annual review under Rule 13(F)(3)(b) of the Legal Profession Regulations 2009 (WA).  This seminar is not available for CPD points.  Please contact the Law Society to obtain further information.


In 2016 the High Court of Australia, in the decision of Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Limited [2016] HCA 16, reaffirmed the doctrine of advocate’s immunity as good law in Australia despite it being abolished in the UK and New Zealand. However, the High Court confirmed that the immunity applied only to advice that leads to, or is intimately connected with, the conduct of the case in Court. The majority in Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers held that the scope of the immunity does not extend to negligent advice leading to settlement of a case. Examine the scope of the doctrine in light of Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers and the public policy reasons underlying it.

Level: Advanced / Intermediate