Uniform legal profession regulation for NSW & Vic

The New South Wales and Victorian governments have agreed on a uniform scheme for regulation of the legal profession

The Attorney General of each state has signed an Intergovernmental Agreement on a Legal Profession Uniform Framework for the new scheme.

The new arrangements aim to make it simpler for lawyers to do business within and across state borders, Ā strengthen the standing of Australian lawyers in international legal markets and strengthen client protections.

Proposed requirements under the uniform arrangements include:

  • that law firms may only charge legal costs that are fair and reasonable
  • there be a single set of rules governing matters such as the requirements for maintaining and auditing trust accounts, continuing professional development requirements and billing requirements.
  • a simplified process for admitting foreign lawyers to practice Australian law.
  • a short, standard-form of costs disclosure as an alternative to full costs disclosure in matters where total costs are not likely to exceed $3,000.
  • a single set of admissions requirements.

The scheme has target commencement date of 1 July 2014