Pursuant to the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld) the SCLS must ensure that conflicts of interest do not occur in the course of providing advice and/or casework assistance.
Where potential conflicts of interest can arise
1. Advising/acting for both parties in the one matter;
2. Advising/acting against someone who is a present or past client;
3. Advising/acting for someone the Service has given advice/acted against in the past;
4. Advising/acting in a matter where a current or previous Centre worker or volunteer is the other party;
5. Advising in a matter through a volunteer lawyer who is acting for or has previously advised or acted for the other party;
6. Advising/acting in a matter where a Centre worker or volunteer has acted against the client in a previous job.
The potential conflicts in numbers 1-4 are identified by consultation of SCLS records. Identification of those at number 5 and 6 rely on workers and volunteers self-reporting, and the liability for acting in a conflict situation rests upon them.