Appendix. ASCR Commentary 2012 - Appendix A

Guidance statements

If a law practice has an obligation to provide or return ‘client documents’ to a client at the completion or termination of the law practice’s engagement: In what form should those documents be provided (particularly if the documents are in electronic form)? Is the law practice permitted to charge for providing them? Is the law practice permitted to retain a copy of the documents?

This Guidance Statement provides assistance to solicitors in complying with their ethical duties when dealing with the transfer of files to another practitioner or their client.