find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
National Profession Bill praised

National Profession Bill praised

THE MODEL Bill on the national legal profession, released last week by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG), has been welcomed by federal A-G Philip Ruddock as well as the Law…

THE MODEL Bill on the national legal profession, released last week by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG), has been welcomed by federal A-G Philip Ruddock as well as the Law Council of Australia, which argued it would propel Australia closer to a more effective and truly national legal services market.

Two weeks ago, Lawyers Weekly reported that the national legal profession model provisions were set to be announced. But it was not until the beginning of last week that SCAG actually announced its arrival, despite the legal profession’s expectations.

A-G Ruddock acknowledged that the process had taken longer than he would have liked, and said it would now be “vital that state and territory Attorneys-General ensure the Model Bill is implemented as soon as practicable”.

“Effective measures should be quickly put in place to ensure the legislation and regulations to be made under the Model Bill remain consistent over the long term,” Ruddock said.

Law Council president Bob Gotterson said the finalisation of the Model Bill was a landmark event. It would lead to a raft of reforms “that we believe will benefit national legal practice, practitioners and consumers”.

“Under the changes, lawyers will be able to practise interstate with the one practising certificate. There will be a uniform standard for law degrees and practical legal training,” he said.

The Bill covered a number of key areas, including entitlement to engage in legal work, trust accounts, costs, fidelity cover, complaints and discipline, and the ability of lawyers to practice through corporations and in partnership with other professionals.

Ruddock was pleased that the states and territories had demonstrated their commitment to the project by agreeing to the text of the Model Bill, he said.

Its implementation by all jurisdictions in Australia would remove significant barriers to national legal practice, leading to more effective competition amongst lawyers, for the benefit of consumers, Ruddock said.

“For the last decade the Law Council has been championing regulatory reform to facilitate the national practice of law. We applaud the commitment by [the Attorneys-General] to removing significant barriers to interstate legal practice and allowing greater competition within the market,” Gotterson said.

Over the coming months, the project will be at the top of the Law Council’s agenda. “The emphasis of the Law Council’s long term work will be to facilitate a smooth transition as adoption of the harmonised national standards unfold in the states and territories,” Gotterson said.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

National Profession Bill praised
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...