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  • Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015 i

    Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015

    under the

    Legal Profession Uniform Law

    The Legal Services Council has made the following rules under the Legal Profession

    Uniform Law on 5.

    Dale Boucher

    Chief Executive Officer, Legal Services Council

    TABLE OF PROVISIONS

    Chapter 1 Preliminary 6

    Part 1.1 Introduction 6

    1 Citation ...............................................................................6 2 Commencement .................................................................6 3 Objective ............................................................................6 4 Authorising provision ..........................................................6

    Part 1.2 Interpretation 6

    5 Definitions ..........................................................................6 6 Professional associations excluded from being

    incorporated legal practices ...............................................7 7 Supervised legal practice ...................................................7

    Chapter 2 Threshold requirements for legal practice 8

    Part 2.1 Unqualified legal practice 8

    8 Authorising provision ..........................................................8 9 Entitlement to certain titles .................................................8 10 Exemption from prohibition on engaging in legal practice ..9

    Part 2.2 Vacant 10

    Chapter 3 Legal practice 11

    Parts 3.1, 3.2 Vacant 11

    Part 3.3 Australian legal practitioners 11

    11 Authorising provision ........................................................ 11

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    Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015 ii

    12 Application for grant or renewal of Australian practising certificate .......................................................................... 11

    13 Consideration of application for grant or renewal of Australian practising certificate ........................................ 11

    14 Statutory conditionto engage in supervised legal practice ............................................................................ 13

    15 Statutory conditionnotification of certain offences ........ 13 16 Discretionary conditions on Australian practising

    certificate .......................................................................... 14 17 Duration of Australian practising certificate ...................... 15 18 Applicant for grant or renewal of Australian practising

    certificate intending to practise outside Australia ............. 15

    Part 3.4 Foreign lawyers 16

    19 Authorising provision ........................................................ 16 20 Application for Australian registration certificate .............. 16 21 Grounds for refusing to grant or renew Australian

    registration certificate ....................................................... 16 22 Discretionary conditions on Australian registration

    certificate .......................................................................... 17 23 Duration of Australian registration certificate .................... 18

    Part 3.5 Variation, suspension and cancellation of, or refusal to renew, certificates 18

    24 Authorising provision ........................................................ 18 25 Notice by holder of certificate of automatic show cause

    event ................................................................................ 18 26 Notice by holder of certificate of designated show cause

    event ................................................................................ 18

    Part 3.6 Vacant 18

    Part 3.7 Incorporated and unincorporated legal practices 18

    27 Authorising provision ........................................................ 18 28 Notice of intention to engage in legal practice .................. 19 29 Notice of cessation of legal practice ................................. 19 30 Provisions relating to notices ........................................... 19 31 Disclosure obligations ...................................................... 19 32 Directors of incorporated legal practice and pro bono

    services ............................................................................ 19

    Part 3.8, 3.9 Vacant 19

    Chapter 4 Business practice and professional conduct 20

    Part 4.1 Vacant 20

    Part 4.2 Trust money and trust accounts 20

    Division 1 Preliminary 20

    33 Authorising provision ........................................................ 20 34 Definitions ........................................................................ 20

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    Division 2 Trust money and trust accounts 20

    35 Maintenance of general trust account .............................. 20 36 Receipting of trust money ................................................ 20 37 Deposit records for trust money ....................................... 21 38 Computerised accounting systemscopies of trust

    records ............................................................................. 21 39 Computerised accounting systemschronological record

    of information to be made ................................................ 22 40 Computerised accounting systemsrequirements

    regarding systems ............................................................ 22 41 Computerised accounting systemsback-ups ................ 22 42 Withdrawal of trust money for payment of legal costs ...... 23 43 Method of payment .......................................................... 24 44 Trust account receipts cash books ................................... 25 45 Trust account payments cash book ................................. 26 46 Journal transfers .............................................................. 26 47 Recording transactions in trust ledger accounts .............. 27 48 Reconciliation of trust records .......................................... 27 49 Trust ledger account in name of law practice or legal

    practitioner associate ....................................................... 28 50 Notification requirements regarding general trust

    accounts ........................................................................... 28 51 Law practice closing down, closing office or ceasing to

    receive or hold trust money .............................................. 29 52 Trust account statements ................................................. 29 53 Trust account statements for commercial or government

    clients ............................................................................... 30 54 Statements regarding receipt or holding of trust money ... 30 55 Trust money subject to specific powers ........................... 30 56 Authority to receive trust money ....................................... 30 57 Disclosure of accounts used to hold money ..................... 31 58 When, how and where money is received........................ 31 59 Register of investments.................................................... 31 60 Register of powers and estates in relation to trust money 32

    Division 3 Controlled money 32

    61 Maintenance of controlled money account ....................... 32 62 Receipt of controlled money ............................................. 32 63 Withdrawal of controlled money from controlled money

    account ............................................................................ 33 64 Register of controlled money ........................................... 34

    Division 4 External examinations 35

    65 Designation of persons eligible to be appointed as external examiners ........................................................................ 35

    66 Appointment of external examiner by law practice ........... 36 67 Standard form reports by external examiners .................. 36 68 Final external examination ............................................... 36 69 External examiner's report ............................................... 37

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    Part 4.3 Legal costs 37

    70 Authorising provision ........................................................ 37 71 Commercial or government clients ................................... 37 72 Alternative disclosure for legal costs below higher

    threshold .......................................................................... 37 73 Giving bills ........................................................................ 37 74 Itemised bill higher than lump sum bill ............................. 38 75 Interest on unpaid legal costs .......................................... 38 76 Costs assessmentparty not participating in

    assessment ...................................................................... 38

    Part 4.4 Professional indemnity insurance 38

    77 Authorising provision ........................................................ 38 78 Minimum standards for professional indemnity

    insurancelaw practices except barristers ...................... 39 79 Minimum standards for professional indemnity

    insurancebarristers ....................................................... 40 80 Notice to be given where certain legal services not covered

    by insurance ..................................................................... 40 81 Regulatory authority may inspect policies ........................ 40 82 Exemptions ...................................................................... 41

    Part 4.5 Fidelity cover 41