THE president of the peak body representing Australian lawyers today pointed to migration lawyers in an effort to highlight the need to push for a national regulation of the legal profession
Migrations lawyers are caught between two types of regulations, Law Council of Australia president John Corcoran said.
In a speech on the state of the legal profession today, at the 36th Australian Legal Convention, held in Perth, Corcoran said migration lawyers face an "absurd" dual-regulation under both the migration agents registration scheme and legal profession regulation.
"The Law Council believes that dual regulation is unnecessary, conflicts with the idea of delivering a uniform legal profession, and has resulted in a serious shortage of qualified counsel to assist in migration legal work," he said today.
He said the Law Council would press for an overhaul of the rules for migration lawyers, and remove them from this dual regulation.