2015/16 Annual Report
The Quality Practice Standard Committee noted the cities where accredited firms operate expanded significantly from the established Perth, Albany and Geraldton to Sydney with the successful accreditation of Squire Patton Boggs (AU) for both its Perth and Sydney offices.
The Committee is extremely grateful for the work of the Auditor in providing articles for publication in the Law Society’s Brief journal on areas as diverse as client identity, Financial Transactions Act reporting and on internal audits.
The Committee contributed to the Law Society’s CPD programme and delivered seminars on the Quality Practice Standard Scheme.
The Committee observed the increasing number of firms with either 10-year accreditation or 15-year accreditation as a sign that participation in the Scheme is an component to longevity. The Scheme will soon claim 20-years of operations and the Committee looks forward to acknowledging firms as they pass this significant milestone.
To increase the support for new firms considering the Scheme the Committee was pleased to introduce a new consultant to the list of consultants who can provide assistance to firms setting up their practice systems. Consultants can provide useful practical experience to firms considering the Scheme and needing some external advice on systems that work for others.
The Committee held informal discussions with the Strata Community Australia (WA) section considering their own accreditation scheme with a view to assisting that Scheme.
The Committee worked with Law Mutual (WA) in a review of the operation of the Scheme and how it may integrate with Law Mutual (WA)’s goals of reducing risks for firms insured by Law Mutual (WA). The Committee provided members to the working group and looks forward to considering its recommendations.
The Committee will maintain its watch on developments with Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Finance Act and regulations for obligations that may have an impact on the work of lawyers.
Finally, the Committee commenced planning a suitable commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Scheme. The Committee hopes to welcome firms to that event during the next year.
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