After two years of work undertaken by the Law Council of Australia (LCA) and its constituent bodies, a single, uniform set of conduct rules for solicitors across the country has been created.
First released as a consultation draft in early 2010 as part of the move towards a national legal profession, the final version of the Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules has today (4 July) been endorsed by the LCA.
The revised rules were adopted by the LCA when it met in Canberra on 18 June. At that meeting, the state and territory law society members of the LCA resolved to urge the adoption of the Rules in every state and territory of Australia.
The adoption by each state and territory will ensure all of Australia's solicitors are bound by a common set of professional obligations and ethical principles when dealing with their clients, the courts, fellow legal professionals and regulators.
Law Societies will now be working to have the Rules adopted in each state and territory.