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About us (who we are and what we do)
Queensland Law Society (QLS) is a membership association and regulator in Queensland that holds specific statutory responsibilities under the Legal Profession Act 2007.
The Society issues practising certificates in Queensland, maintains solicitors’ records, regulates the operation of solicitors' trust accounts, protects and assists the public by advising the Queensland government on improvements to laws affecting Queenslanders.
Queensland Law Society (QLS) provides the following services:
- Member services: We provide services to help you professionally, commercially and socially throughout your legal career.
- Services to the legal profession: We provide information and resources for people throughout different stages of their legal career.
- Community services: We help the community through various services such as:
- News and media: We actively tackle legal issues that may impact on community interests and engage with the media to raise concerns.
- QLS shop: We offer for purchase a range of QLS merchandise and resources to support you in legal practice.
Our yearly financial performance is detailed in our annual report.
As part of our statutory duties, Queensland Law Society also maintains a register and policy for gifts received that exceed $200.
Queensland Law Society’s (QLS) vision is to become the leading legal professional membership association in Australia.
Our strategic plan outlines our key strategies and areas of focus in achieving this goal.
The Society produces an annual report for each financial year detailing its achievements, financial position and organisational performance for the year. It is presented to the Attorney-General and members each year and outlines the Society’s performance and future direction.
As a statutory body, Queensland Law Society’s decision-making processes are governed by legislation, rules and internal policies and procedures. The decision-making powers lie with an elected Council of members who provide our strategic and policy directions. Decisions are made by resolution from a majority vote passed at Council meetings, which are usually held every two months (see Division 5 Council Meetings of the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld)).
The Society has an Executive Committee comprised of the President, Deputy President, Immediate Past President, and two elected councillors. The role of the Executive Committee is to help Council with the administration of the Society and implement Council's directions. The President is responsible for leading the Council in setting the corporate direction and goals, and monitoring performance.
Day-to-day operational decisions fall under the functions of the Chief Executive Officer assisted by the Executive Team and the Secretariat.
- Part 76 Queensland Law Society Incorporated Legal Profession Act 2007
- Legal Profession (Society) Rules 2007
- Queensland Law Society Administration Rule 2005
Queensland Law Society has a number of operational policies and procedures.
Office of the CEO
Office of the General Counsel
Disposal authorities and schedules
- General Retention and Disposal Schedule for Administrative Records: from Queensland State Archives' website
- QLS Retention and Disposal Schedule QDAN674
- Public Interest Disclosure policy
- Statutory caps
Guidelines – statutory caps
Guidelines for exercise of discretion pursuant to subs396(4), LPA 2007
- Guidelines for employing or engaging disqualified or convicted persons
- 50/50 rule for speculative personal injury matters
- Employment of convicted or disqualified persons
Member Services and Products
Workplace health and safety
- Please be advised, all our Workplace Health and Safety policies are currently being reviewed and updated
Marketing and Engagement
- Publications (editorial policies and contributor guidelines)
Proctor editorial policy and contributor guidelines
QLS Update editorial policy and contributor guidelines
- Third-party usage of the logo
- QLS Annual Reports and Financial Statements
- QLS Staff Travel policy
- QLS Council Travel Policy
- QLS Staff Travel and accommodation policy