What is a conflict of interest?
A 'conflict of interest' is when a law practice cannot represent both sides in a case. By law, we owe a duty of loyalty to clients to act in their best interests. We cannot do this if we act for the 'other side' in a current matter or if we have represented the other party previously. It would mean that the lawyers representing each of the parties could access evidence, and use that information against the other party.
When someone requests legal assistance from our legal practices, one of the first things we do is check for 'conflict of interest'.