Quality Practice Standard

2017/18 Annual Report

The QPS committee is proud to report that of the 45 accredited firms, 10 firms can claim 20 years as an accredited firm and 18 more firms have more than 10 years such experience. The committee celebrates and congratulates those firms on these important milestones.

In the last year the QPS Committee welcomed two new firms to the QPS scheme.

The QPS Committee continued to provide CPD programmes and assisted with other CPD training.

The QPS Committee introduced a networking event for QPS firms to coincide with the QPS training and the Committee looks forward to increasing the number and usefulness of such events for QPS accredited firms.

The QPS Committee was pleased to note that the Council of the Law Society agreed with the conclusions of the QPS strategic review that the QPS scheme has the potential to be a high value education service that responds to the needs of members when: tendering for work; complying with client requirements; marketing; complying with the Professional Standards Scheme
(PSS); and, meeting Law Mutual (WA) insurance discount requirements. The Committee looks forward to working on the recommendations of the review including: increasing the positive marketing for the scheme; addressing the risk management requirements of PSS and Law Mutual (WA); and, the operational review of the scheme.

The Committee in the coming year will consider how the scheme will change to address integrating the QPS with changes that will arise from WA participation in the National Legal Profession Uniform Law scheme.

The QPS Committee considered and discussed with a representative of the Joint Law Society and Women Lawyers Committee, the 2014 Gender Bias Taskforce Review by Women Lawyers of WA. Consistent with the Council’s resolution to implement aspects of that report as suggested in the Law Society’s Final Directions paper, the QPS Committee resolved to take a leadership position
with this issue and will consider how the QPS scheme can expressly address some of the recommendations on flexible workplace practices.

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 by 30 June 2019.

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