Working as a solicitor

The Law Society provides information to help practising solicitors to understand and comply with the legal professional obligations contained in the Legal Profession Act 2007, the Legal Profession Regulation 2017 and the Society’s rules (including Queensland Law Society Administration Rule 2005 and Queensland Law Society Indemnity Rule 2005).

The objectives of the Regulation function of the Society include:

  • Promoting and maintaining the highest professional standards and values within the legal profession
  • Licensing solicitors to practise law in Queensland
  • Regulating the legal profession
  • Providing practical guidance on regulatory matters

Practising Certificates

To practise as a solicitor in Queensland, you must hold either an Australian practising certificate issued by the Society or a practising certificate issued by the appropriate regulatory authority in another Australian jurisdiction.

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Professional Obligations

Solicitors are required to understand their professional obligations as a legal practitioner. This include knowledge of conditions and restrictions on their practising certificate as well as meeting eligibility and suitability criteria. 

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Forms Library

The forms library contains all forms required under the Legal Profession Act 2007 and the Legal Profession Regulation, Legal Profession (Society) Rules and Queensland Law Society Administration Rule 2005.

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Regulation Policies and Guidelines

QLS has a number of policies that govern how we regulate Queensland solicitors and Incorporated Legal Practices. These policies and guideline mental health, employing lay associates, bankruptcy amongst others. 

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Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an annual requirement to obtain a practising certificate.  CPD helps you maintain your knowledge, build expertise and skills need to practice as a solicitor.

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Interstate and beyond

Information on practising in other states or overseas. 

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Fidelity Guarantee Fund

The Legal Practitioners' Fidelity Guarantee Fund (LPFGF) is administered by QLS to reimburse people who have suffered loss arising from an act or omission of an associate of a law practice that involves dishonesty resulting in a default of a law practice or fraudulent dealing with trust property received by a law practice.

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Legal Profession Uniform Law

The Legal Profession Uniform Law (LPUL) and its extended framework commenced in New South Wales and Victoria on 1 July 2015. 

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