Repealed Solicitors' Rule 2007
On 1 June 2012 the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules (ASCR) came into force in Queensland, and the Legal Profession (Solicitors) Rule 2007 was repealed.
The ASCR contains most of the rules governing Queensland solicitors’ professional conduct and practice. It is a comprehensive statement of solicitors’ duties - to their clients, the courts, other lawyers and third parties - but it is not a complete code of conduct. There are also common law (case law) rules setting out the ethical standards that are expected of practising solicitors.
Breach of the ASCR may result in disciplinary action by the Legal Services Commission.
The ASCR replaced the Solicitors Rule 2007, which had been in force since 1 July 2007. For details on the difference between the ASCR and Solicitors Rule 2007, please download the comparison table.
The Legal Profession Act 2007 and the Legal Profession Regulation 2007 (both of which came into force on 1 July 2007) also govern legal practice in Queensland for solicitors and barristers.
Queensland barristers have their own rules, the 2011 Barristers' Rule.