Legal Profession Act 2007 – 1 December 2014
Legal Profession Act 2007 – 1 December 2014
Legal Profession (Barristers Rules) Notice 2016 – 26 August 2016
Legal Profession Regulation 2007 – 20 November 2015
Legal Profession (Society Rules) Notice 2007 – 29 April 2016
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A person over 18 may apply for admission to the legal profession if they have completed the necessary training. An applicant will only be admitted if they are a fit and proper person to be admitted.
- Sections 30, 31, 34, 35, 37, 38, 44
A person admitted to the legal profession may apply to the Queensland Law Society or Barristers Association of Queensland for a practising certificate.
- Sections 47, 49, 50, 51, 56, 57, 83, 368
An overseas registered foreign lawyer may apply for registration to practice foreign law in Queensland.
- Sections 165, 166, 167, 177, 178, 180, 181, 182, 183, 214
A law practice must not provide legal services to a person relating to a transaction if the law practice has provided services, as a Property Occupation Act licensee or interstate real estate agent, to the person for the transaction.
- Section 229; Regulation 24
It is generally a requirement that a law practice must disclose in writing to a client the basis on which legal costs will be calculated and to provide a reasonable estimate of total legal costs.
- Sections 308, 310, 311, 316; Regulation 80
A person who suffers loss from misapplication of trust property by a solicitor may make a claim against the fidelity fund to the Queensland Law Society.
- Sections 356, 357, 359, 374, 375, 381, 383, 384, 385, 388, 396, Regulation 86A
A complaint about the conduct of a solicitor or barrister may be made to the Legal Services Commission.
- Sections 428, 429, 486, 487, 591
The Queensland Law Society may make rules for the regulation and good government of its members.
- Sections 679, 696, 697
Reason for law
To provide for the regulation of legal practice in this jurisdiction in the interests of the administration of justice and for the protection of consumers of the services of the legal profession and the public generally. (Section 3)
Forms [Department of Justice and Attorney-General]
Highlighted practice direction
2012/20 – Direct access briefing | 2006/02 – Direct Access Briefing | 2012/08 – Direct access briefing | 2006/02 – Direct Access Briefing | 2012/20 – Direct access briefing | 2006/07 – Direct access briefing | 2012/06 – Direct access briefing | 2007/01 – Direct Access Briefing
Global Law Program – PODCAST
Suggested further reading
- Lawyers’ Professional Responsibility – 6th Edition (2016)
- Professional Liability in Australia – 3rd Edition (2015)
- Lawyers in Australia – 3rd Edition (2015)
- Professional Responsibility & Legal Ethics in Queensland – 2nd Edition (2014)
- Inside Lawyers’ Ethics – 2nd Edition (2013)
- Ethics in Law: Lawyers’ Responsibility and Accountability in Australia – 6th Edition (2013)
- Ethics and Legal Professionalism in Australia (2013)
- Professional Skills and Ethics – 2nd Edition (2011)
- Professional Communication: Legal and Ethical Issues – 2nd Edition (2011)
- Lawyers’ Responsibility and Accountability: Cases, Problems & Commentary – 4th Edition (2011)
- Managing Client Money – Lawyers’ Trust Accounts in QLD (2010)
- Professional Liability and Property Transactions (2004)
Can a solicitor obtain CPD points for legal writing?
Yes, but acquisition is limited pursuant to subrules 48(8) and (9) of the Queensland Law Society Administration Rule 2005:
“(8) The research, preparation, structural editing or refereeing of an article published in a legal publication or a legal article in a non-legal publication [(approved by the Council – see subrule 48(2))] is approved CPD provided that it assists the practitioner in complying with this part. (9) A legal practitioner is entitled to one CPD unit for every thousand words of such an article but, in any CPD year a practitioner may not claim more than five CPD units for the research, preparation, structural editing or refereeing of an article or articles to be published.”
What is interesting is that what constitutes a ‘legal publication’ is left undefined in the rules. Would a legal blog constitute a legal publication? Presumably ‘yes’. To encourage additional legal writings by practitioners, the 1000 word limit could be revisited and readjusted as appropriate.
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Reading for Fun ->
- Will the Future Lawyer be a Journalist? [Published on Safe Sailing.com.au]
- Why? The Legal Profession in Queensland [Published on Safe Sailing.com.au]
- Lawyer Problem Solving: An Investigation of the Knowledge Used in Solving Practical Legal Problems
- Unequal Partners? Women Solicitors’ Experiences of Workplace, Discrimination, Flexibility and Success in Queensland
- Promotion and succession management and associated retention issues in Australian law firms
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