The Legal Practice Board of Western Australia (Board) is closely monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic as it continues to develop around Australia and the world. We are taking measures as recommended by the Australian Government and planning our response accordingly. 

From 2 June, the Board’s office will be open from 8.30am to 5.00pm. Visitors should only attend by appointment, wait to gain entry, and adhere to all safety and hygiene protocols as marked and physical distancing requirements

This page is designed as a resource for news and information to keep the profession and the public updated.

Notice to the Profession - CPD Audit 2020

Please refer to our published news item relating to this year's CPD Audit in relation to Coronavirus.

Notice to the Profession - Practising certificate renewal & payment of fees 2020-21

We have published a news item with full details regarding 2020 practisting certificate renewals.

Filing a Notice of Application for Admission

A Notice of application for admission (LPB Form A10) must be filed with the Board within 2 days of the motion for admission being filed with the Supreme Court.
 
As the office of the Board is closed we are unable to accept any LPB Form A10s delivered to the office.
 
Where possible, applicants should email a scanned copy of their LPB Form A10 and attachments to general@lpbwa.com before posting the originals to the Legal Practice Board at PO Box 5720, Perth WA 6831.
Where it is not possible to email a scanned copy, please ensure that you post the originals promptly. Until the Board reopens it office we will be able to waive the requirement to file within 2 days.

Application to renew a local practising certificate 2020/2021

The Board urges all legal practitioners to lodge their application to renew a practising certificate within the renewal period (1 to 31 May 2020), with or without payment.
 
The Board does understand that due to COVID-19 for the 2020/2021 renewal period some practitioners will be experiencing some difficulties in paying the prescribed fee by the required date, and specific circumstances will be taken into account as to a time frame for payment so long as the application is lodged within the renewal period, however all practitioners are encouraged to make payment as soon as practicable as the practising certificate will not be renewed until full payment is made and compliance with professional indemnity insurance requirements are fulfilled.
 
Applications lodged after 31 May 2020 will still be subject to late fees.

External Examiners Reports 31 May 2020

If you are unsure what you need to do for this year’s External Examiners Report due to the current circumstances see our guide “What practitioners should consider for this year’s External Examiners Report” located in the tab downloadable documents under the heading Trust Accounting.

Restricted Practitioners and working from home

The Legal Practice Board is aware that COVID-19 may affect the supervision of some restricted legal practitioners in that many law practices and other employers will be implementing plans for staff to work remotely from home or another alternate location. Full details can be found in this news item.

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Apr 22

Notice to the Profession – CPD Audit 2020

The Legal Practice Board is aware that the recent spread of COVID-19 and the associated warnings and protective measures have created significant pressure for the profession, particularly with isolation and remote working arrangements.

Apr 14

Notice to the Profession – Completion of PMC

The Legal Practice Board is aware that COVID-19 and the associated protective measures have created difficulties in completing courses, in particular the practice management course within required time frames.

Apr 09

Notice to the Profession – Practising certificate renewal applications and payment of fees 2020/2021

Whilst the impact of COVID-19 on the legal profession is unknown and is impossible to model on a financial basis, there is no doubt that it will cause disruption to the delivery of legal services and the capacity of legal practitioners to meet some compliance requirements. 

Apr 07

External Examiners Reports 31 May 2020

If you are unsure what you need to do for this year’s External Examiners Report due to the current circumstances see our guide “What practitioners should consider for this year’s External Examiners Report” located in the tab downloadable documents under the heading Trust Accounting.

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