The Queensland Law Society provides a free referral list for the public. This service is known as 'Find a Solicitor'. Eligible members can request to appear on the list.
To be eligible for inclusion on the referral list a practitioner must be a member of the Queensland Law Society (QLS) and have practised as a legal practitioner for at least five (5) consecutive years.
Applications will, in the first instance,be considered by QLS staff. The following criteria formulated by the Council of the Queensland Law Society (“the Council”) will be applied by staff to determine whether an application is successful:
- A practitioner who has been found guilty of professional misconduct, or unsatisfactory professional conduct, by a disciplinary body cannot be on the Referral List until a period of ten (10) years has elapsed from the date of the finding.
- Unless the PCC, or the Council, resolves otherwise, a practitioner, in respect of whom the LSC has determined to take disciplinary action, cannot be on the Referral List, until the LSC determines not to proceed with the disciplinary action or until the disciplinary action is finalised.
- Unless the PCC, or the Council, resolves otherwise, a practitioner who is the subject of any disciplinary action in another jurisdiction cannot be on the Referral List, until the disciplinary action is abandoned by the relevant regulatory authority, or until the disciplinary action is finalised.
- A Practitioner who has had their Practising Certificate cancelled or suspended under the Legal Profession Act 2007 or a corresponding law as defined in that Act may not be on the referral list until a period of 10 years has elapsed from the date that cancellation or suspension takes effect
- QLS reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, to:
- refuse any application
- remove any practitioner from the referral list for good cause
- take into account matters such as complaints history and any other matters of concern when considering applications, or determining whether a practitioner should remain on the list
- ask a practitioner to provide further information in support of the practitioner’s application
QLS acknowledges that it is a practitioner’s right to determine whether he/she will enter into a retainer with any person referred by the Society.
Placement on the referral list in a particular area of law does not represent that a practitioner specialises in that area of law. Rather, it is an indication that the practitioner has a substantial involvement in that area of law.
To be included on the referral list, a practitioner must complete the application form available below. Applicants are required to:
- nominate no more than three (3) areas of law
- agree not to advertise that their name appears on the QLS referral list.