The Legal Practice Board is constituted under the Legal Profession Act 2008. The Board has statutory responsibility for the regulation of all legal practitioners of the State. It also regulates the issue of annual practising certificates. The Board assists the Supreme Court in the process of admission to practice. The Legal Profession Complaints Committee, which deals with professional complaints and discipline, is an independent statutory committee of the Board.

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Apr 23

Applying for a variation to the Practice Management Course Condition (PMC Condition)

The Board may vary the PMC condition on a local practising certificate to enable a practitioner to commence as a principal and complete an approved practice management course within a specified time frame. Practitioners seeking a variation will need to complete and submit an LPB Form 13. Variations are usually granted for a period of 6 months.
However, the Board has noticed an increase in requests for an extension of the variation, and an increase in practitioners ceasing to practise as a principal without completing an approved practice management course.
From 18 April 2018 the Board will require all practitioners applying for a variation to the PMC condition to include in that request written confirmation of enrolment in an approved practice management course. Accordingly, there have been amendments made to the LPB Form 13 requiring the applicant to attach written confirmation of enrolment in an approved practice management course.
If an extension of the variation is required, the Board will require from the practitioner:
  • (a) a written explanation as to what circumstances exist as to why the practitioner did not complete the course in the time frame stipulated in the variation to the PMC condition, i.e. that there are reasons beyond the practitioner’s control; and
  • (b) further written confirmation of enrolment in an approved PMC that will be concluded within 6 months; and
  • (c) a written and signed undertaking that the practitioner will complete an approved PMC within 6 months.
These steps have been taken to ensure practitioners practising as a principal meet the educational requirements to ensure they have the skills to establish, operate and manage a successful practice.
It is noted that the undertaking does not require the practitioner to successfully complete an approved PMC, and any breach of the PMC condition or the undertaking will be considered on a case by case basis.

Mar 15

External Examination Process for 2018

In preparing for the 2017/2018 EER process a new guidance note has been prepared in relation to controlled money accounts and the CMA specific detail has been extracted from the full Audit Check List.

Feb 26

CPD Requirements – Application for approval as a QA Provider

The Legal Practice Board (Board) has reviewed its processes regarding approval of providers of continuing professional development (known as QA Providers), who are approved in accordance with rule 14(2)(b) of the Legal Profession Rules 2009.
Please note that effective 21 February 2018, the Board has approved for use “CPD Form 1 – Application for Approval as a QA Provider of CPD” ( version 1)
The new application form will make the application process for status as a QA Provider smoother and more efficient.
For existing QA Providers, please note that the following forms and information sheets have been revoked:
  • Application for Approval as a QA Provider January 2011;
  • Information sheets “A Guide to Applying for QA Provider Status” and “Guidelines on how to demonstrate that you meet the QA Provider Requirements” June 2008; and
  • “Explanatory notes Application for Approval as a QA Provider” September 2009.
Should you have any queries in this matter, please contact the Board via email at marking attention to “QA Providers”.
Libby Fulham
Executive Director
Legal Practice Board

Feb 16

Law Library Proximity Card

With the completion of the Law Library integration, there has been a consolidation of the library resources of the Department of the Attorney General, now operated and held by the Department of Justice (the Department), and the Supreme Court Judges Libraries with those of the Board’s Law Library located at the old Supreme Court. The new Law Library is located on level 2 of the David Malcolm Justice Centre at 28 Barrack Street, Perth.

The Board contributes $600,000 per annum, on behalf of the profession, towards the costs of the integrated Law Library. The contribution ensures that eligible practitioners are able to access the resources and services of the Law Library. However, since the opening of the Law Library, on 1 July 2016, access has been difficult and cumbersome. To that end, the Board has agreed with the Department to assist in the facilitation of providing a Law Library Proximity Card that will allow the holder to directly access level 2 and the Law Library.

Practitioners wishing to obtain a Law Library Proximity Card need to complete the attached request. Please note that the request must be submitted to the Law Library before the Board can provide the confirmation as set out in section 2 of the request.

The Law Library Proximity Card Request

Libby Fulham
Executive Director
Legal Practice Board

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