Regulation of legal services in the e-world: a need to short circuit hot spots in ethics
T. Gordon, R. Shackel & S. Mark, “Regulation of legal services in the e-world: a need to short circuit hot spots in ethics and novel practices?”, International Journal of the Legal Profession Volume 19, Issue 1, 2012,
This paper examines the professional and regulatory implications for legal practices of a rapidly evolving legal services marketplace shaped by new technologies and e-spaces. The paper focuses on three burgeoning areas in the delivery of legal services: (i) legal outsourcing; (ii) virtual law firms; and (iii) use of social media networking. The authors examine how Australian legal practitioners are utilising these new practices and technologies and the ethical implications of their use. The paper argues that the current regulatory framework in Australia does not adequately address the challenges and concerns raised by an increasingly borderless and e-based legal services market and thus calls for Australian legal regulators to remedy this deficiency as a matter of priority.