This book examines the issues facing lawyers in the context of a changing professional environment. While the major significant legal development has recently been on the rule affording barristers immunity from suit for in Court work (Lai v Chamberlains), this edition provides expanded analysis on the lawyer-client relationship overall. Greater focus is placed on the contract of retainer and the duty of care in the lawyer-client relationship. The chapter on conflicts of duties deals in increased detail with the difficulties facing a lawyer who owes inconsistent duties to different clients. It also takes into account the likely impact of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Bill.