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Jul 8, 2019 – The Law Society of New South Wales' national demographic profile of the practising profession in 2014 comprises a demographic breakdown of solicitors represented by each of the eight state and territory Law Societies in Australia. This is the second
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Jul 8, 2019 – The Law Society of New South Wales' national demographic profile of the practising profession in 2016. The national profile comprises a demographic breakdown of solicitors represented by each of the eight state and territory Law Societies in Austr
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Jul 8, 2019 – The Law Society of New South Wales' national demographic profile of the practising profession in 2018. The national profile comprises a demographic breakdown of solicitors represented by each of the eight state and territory Law Societies in Austral
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Mar 19, 2015 – Practitioners will be aware of the impending commencement of the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA) and the repeal of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986 (SA) (“the Current Act”). This “Brave New World” starts on 1 July 2015. Assessment
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May 14, 2014 – There are many types of risks faced by law firms. Performing a self-audit of your firm's risk management procedures and practices is an efficient way to determine your firm's professional risks. Disaster can present in many forms and a contingency
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Apr 16, 2012 – On 8 March, 2012 the Full Court (Justices Gray, Kourakis and Blue) unanimously dismissed an appeal from a decision of a Judge of the District Court refusing an application by the plaintiff for solicitor/client costs and interest on costs from the beg
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Dec 30, 2016 – Congratulations! You have completed your academic qualifications and GDLP and are now perhaps looking to be admitted and practising law.
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May 1, 2008 – Depression affects more than 800,000 Australians each year, and 1 in 5 persons in their lifetime (that is 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men). It will touch everyone either directly or indirectly. Depression reduces a person’s ability to function in all a
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Mar 25, 2013 – There has been another wave of attempts to elicit funds from trust accounts operated by legal practitioners. These attempts are nothing new to the Society and are on the increase.
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Aug 14, 2012 – The impact of burn out and stress on practitioners can be substantial. Time constraints and deadlines, the expectations of expertise, the pressures to put in long hours coupled with the adversarial nature of law practice can take their toll. Holid
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Oct 16, 2012 – In an Audit Report for the period ended June 2011, the auditor notes that a practitioner had failed to make a required deposit to the Combined Trust Account (CTA) for the CTA period ended May 2011 and that no Notice of Withholding was provided to the
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Jun 24, 2014 – From 1 July, costs law will be found in Schedule 3 of the Legal Practitioners Act. The new rules apply if a client first instructs a law practice on or after 1 July.
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Oct 16, 2016 – The importance of making file notes is an oft-repeated topic in the Bulletin, yet Law Claims still regularly encounters difficulties in defending practitioners because critical advice provided to clients is not able to be proved to have been given du
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Apr 17, 2015 – Adherence to time limits - both in relation to commencing proceedings and once proceedings are issued - is one of the most important areas of practice and one where the Courts are interpreting time limits more strictly than before.
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Jul 8, 2019 – Advance Care Directives Fillable form, for use by Law Society Members.
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Sep 19, 2019 – General information about Advanced Care Directives
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Mar 1, 2008 – It has been just over a decade since Lawguard, Law Claims and the Law Society issued warnings and recommendations about giving certificates in financial transactions. These warnings came as a result of a run of Cases, that highlighted the practical
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Aug 2, 2019 – Advocacy Notes is a monthly newsletter providing the latest news and advocacy from the Law Society
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Mar 16, 2016 – Practitioners will recall that in May 2016, in Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Ltd [2016] HCA 16, the High Court affirmed the basic tenets of the doctrine of advocate’s immunity (as explained in Giannerelli v Wraith [1998] HCA 52 and D’Orta Ek
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Apr 14, 2016 – It is common for solicitors to be instructed by third parties – most often accountants – to prepare documents and/or act in transactions (or even litigation) on behalf of clients. Whilst there is obviously nothing wrong with such arrangements of t
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Jul 8, 2019 – This publication sets out some of the more significant judicial and legislative developments during the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018 which may bear upon a South Australian legal practitioner’s potential liability or on damages awards gen
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Aug 25, 2014 – I know what you're thinking: "Not another article on Fees and Billing! Haven't we just had one of those?" Well, yes, but it was nearly two years ago. Given the commencement of the substantial amendments to the Legal Practitioners Act 1981 (LPA) relat
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Jul 8, 2019 – This Guide is designed to provide an overview of the development of the AML/CTF regime in Australia. The first sections set out the history of the regime and describe some of the obligations and sanctions that apply to reporting entities covered by t
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Feb 1, 2017 – Several recent claims received at Law Claims have again underlined the crucial importance of being cautious and diligent in your everyday work. These claims, both against (different) practitioners administering deceased estates resulted from mistake