What the QLS Ethics and Practice Centre does
The QLS Ethics and Practice Centre (the Centre) provides legal ethics and practice support guidance and education to Queensland Law Society (QLS) members. We do not provide guidance to members of the public.
Who we are
The QLS Ethics and Practice Centre is led by the Principal Ethics and Practice Counsel and is comprised of a team of solicitors and law clerks. With over 70 years of combined experience in legal practice, our solicitors are well placed to assist with most queries regarding legal ethics and practice support.
On the 1 October 2019, QLS Solicitor Support, an incorporated legal practice was formed to provide counsel, guidance and advice on ethical and practice management issues (including educational services). QLS Solicitor Support is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Society and was created to enable practitioners who seek such advice to claim client legal privilege over such counsel.
What we do
If you are a lawyer or work for a lawyer, our solicitors are available to discuss and provide confidential ethical guidance and advice. Even if the ethical issue relates to a sensitive matter, you can be comfortable knowing that talking to us is permitted under the ASCR (see Rule 9.2.3) and is confidential.
If you require guidance on practice compliance or practice management issues, you can contact our Practice Support Solicitor on 07 3842 5853.
What to expect from the service
When you call QLS Solicitor Support you will be asked to provide some brief details about the issue. One of our solicitors will call back during which they will explore with you the context in which you are seeking guidance, unpack the dilemma and identify the ethical or practice issues raised; they will then guide you through the questions you need to ask yourself and the steps you may need to take to enable you to navigate through the matter.
What not to expect
Our solicitors cannot provide legal advice or guidance to the general public. If you are a member of the Queensland Law Society you may also be able to access the Solicitor Hotline for legal advice.
How we work
The majority of the guidance and advice we provide is completed over the phone. When you call QLS Solicitor Support, you will be asked to consent to the recording of the conversation for internal use only and for your benefit should you wish to access a digital copy of the recording at a later time. In some instances, we may need to consider your query further and get back to you within a timely manner.
In accordance with these terms of engagement, completion of the phone call (and/or any subsequent email providing supporting documentation) will be viewed as an end to the engagement. Please note that in accordance with Rule 14 of the ASCR, we have your consent to destroy your documents (which includes the above recording) after a period of 7 years has elapsed since completion of the engagement.
Bespoke Ethics Sessions
Our solicitors are available to present Bespoke Ethics Sessions to firms or organisations in-house. These sessions count towards your CPD requirements and are provided free of charge for QLS members; for a list of our existing presentations, please contact QLS Solicitor Support via phone or email.
Sessions can also be designed specifically for your firm, practice area or a specific audience. Please contact QLS Solicitor Support if you would like to arrange a presentation.
Phone: 07 3842 5843