The PM was taken to task “over her role as a lawyer for Slater & Gordon in 1992 when she provided legal advice to Mr Wilson, etc. etc.”. Does this mean that a lawyer providing advice to a client later found to be breaking the law, even if the lawyer did not know this at the time, is also breaking the law?
Does this mean that any lawyer advising a client must know the future course of action of the client, otherwise that lawyer will be judged to be “breaking the law”, or engaged in “possible unlawful behaviour” and guilty of “conduct unbecoming” as a lawyer – I am quoting Tony Abbott’s remarks from the SMH Nov 30.
So beware lawyers. Unless you know absolutely about the future guilt or otherwise of your client – don’t give advice or you will be held responsible together with the client.