Queensland Law Society

Queensland Law Society responds to National Legal Profession Reform Draft Bill and Rules

On 12 August 2010, Queensland Law Society lodged its submission to the National Legal Profession Reform Taskforce in response to the draft Bill and Rules, with a covering letter from Society President Peter Eardley.

The submission provides a detailed critique of the Bill, and highlights difficulties that the current draft presents to many Queensland practitioners.

Key concerns we have highlighted include that the Bill does not achieve an easing of regulatory supervision of the profession, but instead creates additional regulation that is an unnecessary burden to relatively small firms. If regulation is too draconian and expensive, this could impact on the viability of some of these firms.

The submission that has been made in collaboration with other entities connected with the Society, including Lexon Insurance and the trust account inspectors in addition to wider consultation with practitioners, will also appear on the National Legal Profession Reform Taskforce website.

Law Council activity
Queensland Law Society has also worked closely with the Law Council of Australia to finalise their submission, which was made on 13 August 2010. The content of the Law Council submission has been agreed to by all the constituent bodies, including Queensland Law Society. It is at relatively high level, and does not repeat any of the Law Council's prior specific submissions to the Taskforce. It will also appear on the Taskforce website.

We will keep you informed on the progress of negotiations with the expectation that a final draft of the legislation will be delivered to COAG by around mid-December 2010.

For more information, visit National Legal Profession Reform Updates at qls.com.au.