Quality Practice Standard

2018/19 Annual Report

The QPS committee continued to administer this scheme for the Society.

In the last year the QPS Committee welcomed three new firms to the QPS scheme. The QPS provided CPD training to assist new firms get accreditation in the scheme and to promote the scheme to new firms.

The QPS Committee continued its resolution to take a leadership position with the Joint Law Society and Women Lawyers Committee, following the “2014 Gender Bias Taskforce Review” by Women Lawyers WA and the Society’s “Final Directions” paper. The QPS Committee recommended to the Council a number of amendments to the QPS scheme to better address flexible workplace practices and equality of opportunity.

The amendments also addressed risk management. The amendments were circulated for comments from Law Mutual and the Professional Standards Committee. Neither committee made recommendations. The QPS Committee looks forward to the Council’s approval to implement the proposed changes. The changes will be published when they are approved. They will not affect auditing until 2020.

In the next year the QPS Committee is considering an organisational review so that the annual audit could be complemented with practice management education to meet CPD requirements. The QPS Committee is considering the possibility that practitioners at participating firms will be eligible to obtain a CPD point for an engaged participation in practice management education that could follow and complement the audit process. The QPS Committee will seek the views of the Legal Practice Board of WA on this proposal.

At the end of the financial year the Council of the Law Society deferred the completion of the operational review of the QPS scheme. The QPS Committee looks forward to responding and completing that review.

For more information about this committee please email qps@lawsocietywa.asn.au