Queensland Law Society

Queensland Law Society urges AG to reconsider on NLPR

Date 03 Oct 2012
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Queensland Law Society today urged the Queensland Attorney-General to reconsider his decision not to move ahead with the National Legal Profession Reform.

Deputy President Annette Bradfield said the Society was disappointed with the decision.

“Queensland Law Society supports the reform with its aim of providing national consistency in the laws, rules, and ethical and professional standards that govern the legal profession,” Ms Bradfield said.

“We’re concerned one of the reasons for the decision may have been based on incorrect numbers as our membership figures indicate the number of sole practitioners in Queensland is closer to 11 per cent, not 85 per cent, as stated by the Attorney-General.

“Over the last few months, while recognising that the decision of whether or not Queensland signed up to the NLPR was in the hands of the Attorney-General, we reiterated to him our recommendation that Queensland participate in the scheme.

“We are in favour of and support NLPR’s key themes of achieving national uniformity of the laws and rules governing the Australian legal profession.

“We note that the Attorney-General has said he may consider any specific model laws, which are in the best interest of this State’s legal profession.

“We anticipate working closely with the Attorney-General to ensure that there is the opportunity to take the best parts of the national model and bring them to Queensland, to support firms that do interstate work.”