John Key's lawyer, Ken Whitney, was criticised by the High Court after creating a sham trust for a bankrupt property developer then failing to disclose it to authorities probing his client's insolvency.
When asked during cross-examination if he had concerns around setting up structures to allow a bankrupt to continue in business, Mr Whitney told the court: "No, not particularly. It's a common thing for people to do. It may not be morally as white as it could be but it's normal practice."
According to the article, Whitney lied repeatedly to the Official Assignee, and falsely claimed to have witnessed a signature. There don't even meet the ethical standards of lawyers, let alone ordinary kiwis. In fact, some but even call it criminal.
But clearly, Key has different definitions of "highly" and "ethical" from the rest of us.