The Midland Information, Debt and Legal Advocacy Service Inc. (MIDLAS) is a Community Legal Centre that aims to empower disadvantaged and vulnerable people by providing free services.  In providing these valuable services to the community, MIDLAS aims to guarantee the highest standard of professionalism and integrity.  In order to do this, MIDLAS must ensure that there is no conflict of interest with client’s that engage with our services.  This is why MIDLAS conducts a conflict of interest check on all clients that wish to book an appointment with our staff (or include Financial Counsellors, Advocates, Lawyers or Paralegals) before an appointment is made.

A conflict of interest with a client at MIDLAS can arise when we represent ‘two or more clients who have conflicting interests’  In other words, MIDLAS cannot act for two parties who might be on opposing sides of the same matter.  If a client at MIDLAS informs us that you are an opposing party, we will not be able to see you.  If you have been ‘conflicted out’ we will not be able to inform you of the reason, as that would be breaching the privacy of our clients.  While MIDLAS will not be able to assist you if you have been conflicted out, we are able to refer you to a similar service.  It is important to remember that the conflict is only for MIDLAS, and does not get shared with any other organisation.

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