The Law Society has specialist accreditation programmes including Family Law Accreditation, Mediation Accreditation and Quality Practice Standard (QPS).
Family Law Accreditation
The Accredited Family Law Specialist programme provides family law practitioners the opportunity to be formally recognised as having a high level of competency in their field.
The Law Society is a Recognised Mediation Accreditation Body (RMAB) under the National Mediation Accreditation Scheme (NMAS).
The NMAS identifies standards of practice and competencies for mediators in Australia. A person must be accredited to NMAS standards to qualify as a mediator under the Rules of the Supreme Court.
Quality Practice Standard (QPS)
QPS recognises firms that have developed and adhere to documented internal processes, designed to improve client satisfaction and avoid wastage.
QPS law firms are audited each year to ensure they comply with standards which go beyond the requirements set out by state legislation. Firms complying with QPS can use the Approved Quality Practice logo on their letterheads and promotional material.
The Law Society offers an extensive CPD programme, providing relevant, topical CPD seminars, often arranged in response to legislative change or landmark judgments for your CPD requirements and ongoing learning. The Law Society also organises a range of social, sporting and special interest events throughout the year, providing valuable opportunities for members to network and meet others within and outside the legal profession.
With thanks to our CPD partner
The Law Society’s CPD programme has been proudly sponsored by legalsuper since 2009. legalsuper is Australia’s largest super fund dedicated to the legal community. Established over 25 years ago, legalsuper now manages in excess of $2.3 billion for over 41,000 members including judges, barristers, solicitors and management and support staff at legal businesses across Australia.
Professional Standards Scheme
The Professional Standards Scheme (formerly Limitation of Liability Scheme) provides a significant benefit for Law Society members. The Scheme commenced on 1 July 2014 and does not apply to claims prior to that date or prior to your commencement with the Scheme.
The Scheme caps occupational liability of participating members to an amount of $1.5 million, $5 million or $10 million depending on the insurance policies and total annual fee income of the law practice.
Tools and guides to help you run your practice including information on:
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Setting up and running a Practice
In many ways, starting your own legal practice may seem like a big step into the unknown. Setting out on your own is no doubt an exhilarating and daunting experience in equal measure for most legal practitioners…
Working in the legal profession can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. It is important to find balance in our lives as we try to juggle careers, family, friends and hobbies.
The Law Society acknowledges that finding this balance can be challenging at times and has a number of personal support services to assist members with their health and wellbeing, seeking ethical advice and assistance with complaints to the Legal Profession Complaints Committee, career advice and mentoring and flexible work practices.