QLS protects good lawyers by taking action
20 March 2019
Queensland Law Society continues to protect the reputation of Queensland solicitors after taking immediate action against a company running a law practice and providing legal services without a lawyer.
QLS President Bill Potts has issued a release to the public and media to urge them to ensure they always use a certified solicitor, and has noted that QLS can advise on credentials.
Two weeks ago (8 March) the Supreme Court of Queensland made orders in response to an urgent application by QLS to restrain Stenton & Moore Pty Ltd and its sole director, Nerise Dawn Moore, from engaging in legal practice or otherwise representing an entitlement to do so.
Last week (13 March) further orders were made allowing the law practice receivers to enter the locations they suspect to find regulated property, including client property, and take possession of it.
Mr Potts said Ms Moore was not – and had never been – admitted to practise law, and represented a great risk to the reputation of Queensland solicitors and to the clients that had engaged this firm.
“The Society will not stand for any form of fake lawyer endangering the public,” he said.
“Queensland’s 12,000 practising solicitors are qualified and fit to practise, and the actions of those attempting to run a legal practice without the proper certification are a disservice to us all.
“Ms Moore did not have a practising certificate or a lawyer with a principal practising certificate in the office for a period of time, nor did the company have a legal practitioner director.
“We took swift action to obtain injunctive relief from the court to protect the public from being provided with unqualified legal advice.
“This is a timely reminder for clients to beware of where they are getting their legal advice from.”
Mr Potts said the Society would continue to use its protective jurisdiction to keep law firm clients safe and ensure the high standards of Queensland’s legal profession were maintained.