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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Nov 21

Use of the title Senior Legal Counsel

It was recently brought to the attention of the Legal Practice Board (Board) that a number of practitioners are using the title ‘Senior Legal Counsel’ in Western Australia.

As described by the Australian Bar Association, Senior Counsel are barristers of “seniority and eminence”, and “the designation of Senior Counsel provides a public identification of barristers whose standing and achievements justify an expectation, on the part of those who may need their services as well as on the part of the judiciary and the public, that they can provide outstanding services as advocates and advisors, to the good of the administration of justice”.
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Nov 19

New website for The Law Library

A new website for The Law Library was launched 1 November 2019. This website found at https://dojwa.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/llwa provides practitioners with information about library services as well as assistance in navigating legal information resources. A link to the Library Catalogue is available at the top of each page and can be used to search for all resources, both in hardcopy and online.

Oct 11

Use of the title Special Counsel

After conducting an enquiry into the use of the term “special counsel”, the Legal Practice Board has decided to take no action prohibiting or otherwise restricting its use.
However, the Board cautions firms to be mindful of their legal obligation not to mislead the court, members of the public, other practitioners and their clients regarding the skill or expertise purportedly held by solicitors employed by the firm and reserves the right to deal with matters where that obligation is shown to have been breached.

Oct 11

Use of the titles Principal, Partner, Director

Under the Legal Profession Act 2008 a principal of a law practice has greater responsibilities and liabilities than an employed legal practitioner. It is important that the title accurately reflects the legal practitioner's position in the law practice.
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