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An email by an Australian law firm leader apologising to staff after a senior partner had agreed to represent a politician accused of an historic rape has cast light on the question of how often law firms ever turn down clients on ethical or moral grounds.

Firms rarely publicly discuss or acknowledge the issue, and generally do not disclose what policies, if any, they have regarding the ethics of a clients’ action.

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Christopher Niesche

Christopher Niesche is the Australia correspondent for Law.com International. He covers the business of law in Australia and writes about lawyers, global and domestic law firms and in-house law departments. He also covers Australian regulatory matters. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter: @ChrisNiesche.

Dan Packel

Dan Packel covers change and innovation in the legal services market, and writes a weekly briefing for Law.com, "The Law Firm Disrupted," on these subjects. He is based in Philadelphia. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter at @packeld

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