On 1 July 2015 the Legal Profession Act 2004 was repealed and replaced by the Legal Profession Uniform Law, Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2015. The Uniform Law and Uniform Rules have been implemented in New South Wales and Victoria.
The following websites will assist you with further information
Pursuant to section 28 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014:
1. The Legal Services Commissioner (NSW) may delegate any of his or her functions under this Act (other than this power of delegation) or the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) to any member of the staff of the NSW Commissioner or to a person of a class prescribed by the regulations.
2. NSW Commissioner may delegate any of his or her Chapter 5 functions to the Bar Council or the Law Society.
Issued: 29 May 2015 [PDF, 27kb]
I welcome the upcoming start of the new regulatory provisions for the legal profession in New South Wales and Victoria and look forward to a national profession should the other states and territories see fit to join in coming years. Whilst the final details are still being put in place, I believe it will be important for my office and the respective professional bodies to undertake an extensive education program for the profession and the public in the early months of operation.
In light of the Attorney-General’s announcement of 1st July 2015 as the commencement date for the Legal Profession Uniform Law (LPUL) and associated Regulations and Rules, the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner (OLSC) advises that a commonsense approach to the enforcement of any new and different regulatory provisions will be adopted. The determination of any disciplinary and consumer matters relating to any changed provisions will proceed on a case-by-case basis, bearing in mind the short lead time before commencement and the need for education about the changes.
As information on any changed provisions is successfully communicated to both the legal profession and the public in the early months of operation of the LPUL, any latitude shown will cease once it is reasonably assessed that all concerned have had sufficient opportunity to learn and adapt to any changes.
For further information on the LPUL visit:
John McKenzieLegal Services Commissioner (NSW)29 May 2015