INTRODUCTION OF A PRACTICE MANAGEMENT COURSE
FOR PRINCIPALS OF A LEGAL PRACTICE

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Amendments to the Legal Profession Rules 2009 (Rules) were gazetted on 19 February 2016. Division 2A, Condition on local practising certificate: practise as principal of law practice, has been inserted into the Rules.

Division 2A of the Rules requires a local legal practitioner to have successfully completed an approved Practice Management Course (PMC) or to have obtained an exemption from completion of the PMC, and to give notice to the Legal Practice Board (Board), before practising as a principal of a law practice.

A copy of the amendments can be found on the attached link:
http://slp.wa.gov.au/gazette/gazette.nsf/lookup/2016-29/$file/gg029.pdf

In 2015 amendments to the Rules regarding the continuing professional development (CPD) scheme were introduced that established a mandatory category of Practice Management as one of the four mandatory CPD categories required to be undertaken by local legal practitioners each year.

On 18 February 2015 the Board’s Professional Development Committee (PDC) resolved that:
  • A recommendation be referred to the Board for the introduction of a PMC;
  • The PDC proceeds with the development of criteria for the curriculum and delivery of the PMC;
  • The PDC proceeds with the development of criteria for the approval of providers of the PMC; and
  • The PDC proceeds with the development of the necessary rules and amendments to the Rules to enable the imposition of the condition on practising certificates requiring the completion of the PMC.

On 8 April 2015 the Board endorsed the recommendations of the PDC to introduce a PMC.