What is uniform law?

 
Western Australia is one step closer to joining the Legal Profession Uniform Law Scheme, with enabling legislation introduced into State Parliament on 18 March 2020.
 
In February 2019, WA signed a landmark agreement with New South Wales and Victoria to join the Scheme. The passage of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Bill 2020 (WA) will allow new uniform laws for the legal profession to commence in WA as required under the agreement.
 
Uniform laws for the legal profession across Victoria and New South Wales have been in place since July 1, 2015.
 
The Legal Profession Uniform Law was introduced to create a simpler and more efficient system for both law firms and their clients by cutting red tape, better protecting consumers and ensuring consistency across our borders.
 

When will the Uniform Law commence in Western Australia?

The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Bill 2020 (WA), when passed, is expected to commence in Western Australia at some time around the middle of 2021. At this stage a commencement date is not known as the bill is still in parliament.

The Legal Profession Uniform Law framework is based on the Legal Profession Uniform Law (“the Uniform Law”) enacted by Victoria in March 2014 as Schedule 1 to the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (Vic) (the Act). Some of the operational aspects of the Uniform Law are contained in a package of Uniform Rules that were made by the Legal Services Council.

The package consists of:
  • Uniform General Rules;
  • Uniform Admission Rules;
  • Uniform Professional Conduct Rules for Solicitors and for Barristers;
  • Continuing Professional Development Rules for Solicitors and for Barristers; and
  • Legal Practice Rules for Solicitors.
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