Queensland Law Society

Use of the term ‘principal’ – request for feedback

In April 2017, the QLS Council ruled the Society would stop issuing non-director principal practising certificates to senior practitioners employed by incorporated legal practices. The determination meant practitioners who had previously held non-director principal practising certificates were no longer issued a principal practising certificate but rather an unrestricted employee practising certificate. 

There have been difficulties in the use of the position title for practitioners who were the holders of such certificates in that some incorporated legal practices wished to hold them out as senior practitioners. In many cases their title was principal or non-director principal.

The Society has considered the question of which practitioners in incorporated law practices may be held out as principals and the use that might be made of that word in extended titles such as ‘principal solicitor’ or ‘principal lawyer’.

Members of the profession are invited to provide their feedback before the Society reaches its final decision.

Review the discussion paper