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Legal Profession Act 2007 – 1 December 2014

Legal Profession (Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules) Notice 2012 – 1 June 2012

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)

Relevant links

Legal Services Commission

The Queensland Discipline Register

Forms

Discipline Application Guidelines

Regulatory guides

Queensland Law Society

Find a Solicitor by Name

Forms

Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules

Legal Profession (Society) Rules 2007

Guidance Statements

Bar Association of Queensland

Barristers Directory

Forms

2011 Barristers Rule

Legal Practice Committee

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT)

Legal Practitioners Admissions Board

Fidelity Guarantee Fund

Lexon Insurance

LPITAF Grant Recipients

Forms [Department of Justice and Attorney-General]

Guidelines for admission under the TTMRA [New Zealand Law Society]

UQ Pro Bono Centre

Australian Pro Bono Centre

Law Council of Australia

Suggested links

Bertha Foundation

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

Amnesty International – Queensland

Law & Justice Institute (Qld) Inc.

Queensland Council for Civil Liberties

Australian Lawyers Alliance

Edmund Rice Centre

QUT Law Society

University of Queensland Law Society

Justice and the Law (JATL)

Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA)

The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA)

Queensland Young Lawyers

QUT Law Alumni

TC Beirne School of Law Alumni

Griffith Law School Alumni and Industry

The College of Law Alumni Association

Adopt a lawyer program [Artists in the Black]

Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc.

Australian Women Lawyers (AWL)

STEP Queensland

Family Law Practitioners Association

LGBT Family Law Institute

The Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia

Association of Corporate Counsel

Banking & Financial Services Law Association

Australian Insurance Law Association

Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand

AMPLA – The Resources and Energy Law Association

Australia & New Zealand Education Law Association

Australian & New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA)

Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA)

Australian Association of Constitutional Law

The Commercial Law Association of Australia

National Environmental Lawyers Association (NELA)

Rule of Law Institute of Australia

Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA)

International Law Association

Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL)

Licensing Executives Society Aus & NZ

Commonwealth Association of Public Sector Lawyers

Commonwealth Lawyers Association

Australian Bar Association

International Bar Association

United Employment Lawyers

The Society of Notaries Queensland Inc.

Commonwealth Legal Education Association

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IBA Legal Regulators Directory

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

1995/24 – Recognition in Queensland of Queen’s Counsel and Senior Counsel

[QCAT] 2015/02 – Proceedings relating to legal costs agreements under the Legal Profession Act 2007

Critique

N/A

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CASE STUDY

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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