MEMBER'S CODE OF CONDUCT

This code will be the basis by which a member or associates conduct may be reviewed.

All members and associates of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association are required to comply with the Association’s Code of Professional Ethics and Conduct. All members and associates are expected to observe the highest standards of ethical behaviour both within their employer firms and the wider business community generally. This code will be the basis by which a member or an associates conduct may be reviewed.

Integrity

All members and associates are obliged to avoid any activities that may damage their professional reputation and integrity. For example, engaging in activities where a conflict of interest is present, the acceptance of offers of hospitality or gifts that may compromise impartiality, engaging in or condoning dishonesty or convicted of an indictable offence or discriminatory employment practices.

Competence

All members and associates will ensure they maintain appropriate levels of professional competence and enhance existing skills through ongoing professional education and training to ensure the diligent and competent completion of responsible tasks. Professional Responsibility

All members and associates will exercise reasonable diligence in gathering business data and information from internal and external sources and ensure that any reporting of information is done objectively in a manner which facilitates informed decision making.

Confidentiality

No member or associate will disclose any confidential information acquired by way of conversation, whilst attending an ALPMA function, seminar or event except when legally obliged to do so. This restriction continues to apply whether or not membership is maintained or renewed.

Unethical Behaviour

Complaints relating to unethical practices and behavior of other members or associates must be in writing and addressed to the Chairperson of the State Branch Committee to which that member/associate belongs. The State Branch Committee will refer back to the ALPMA Board all complaints of unethical behavior and the ALPMA Board shall deal with any such complaint as it sees fit. 


The ALPMA Board has the authority to suspend or cancel membership of any member or associate if it considers such action justifiable in the circumstances. In the event the ALPMA Board suspends or cancels a membership, the portion of unused subscription fee may not be refunded.