2024 Intensive: Legal Ethics Hypothetical

The 2024 Intensive Conference: Legal Ethics Hypothetical

Robert Reis (ACT Law Society Professional Standards Manager), Katie Binstock (Partner, Thomson Geer Lawyers, Canberra) and Athol Opas (barrister, Blackburn Chambers) join forces as a panel to discuss legal ethical issues based on an imaginative and possibly entertaining hypothetical scenario.  This is a new ethics presentation format for 2024 and all attendees will be encouraged to contribute to the discussion as the panel works through the hypothetical scenario.


Athol Opas

Athol is a barrister at Blackburn Chambers. Athol practices mainly in commercial law and also in general civil law and occupational discipline.  Athol was called to the Bar in 2017.  Before being called to the Bar, Athol worked as a solicitor in Canberra for 18 years, working in small and large Canberra firms, in a national law firm, and as a Commonwealth government in-house lawyer.  Athol served for several years on the ACT Law Society Council, and was president of the ACT Law Society and a director of the Law Council of Australia.  Athol has served on various committees of the ACT Law Society and ACT Bar Association, and he is a current member of the Law Society’s Legal Profession Act and Ethics Committee.  Athol has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide in Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution and for Commercial Leasing.

Rob Reis

Rob Reis is the Professional Standards Manager at the ACT Law Society. Rob has responsibility for Chapter 4 investigations into allegations of misconduct by practitioners including conflicts of interest, breach of confidentiality and trust account misappropriation and defalcation. Rob has been in this role since the commencement of the Legal Profession Act in 2006, and prior to that was in private practice from 1985. In addition to his statutory role Rob also presents risk management and trust account seminars. He is also a sessional lecturer at the University of Canberra and a tutor in Ethics for the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Australian National University.

Katie Binstock

Katie is a partner at Thomson Greer, specialising in succession, elder, regulatory, and administrative law. In succession law, she excels in estate planning, administration, and litigation, crafting comprehensive estate plans and guiding clients through disputes. She navigates elder law matters such as guardianship applications and elder abuse suspicions. In regulatory and administrative law, Katie advises on complaint management, investigations, and appeals, representing clients in Tribunals and Courts. With a commercial and solutions-driven approach, she resolves disputes effectively.



  • This is an on-demand webinar you can watch at anytime - a link and password will be sent to you when you register. 
  • Members will earn 1.5 CPD point in core area 1
  • This event was recorded at The 2024 Intensive Conference, held on Wednesday 13 March and Thursday 14 March
  • This recording will expire on 31 December 2024
  • Cost: $70 members, $100 non-members


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Non-member registration $100.00(GST incl.) Register

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