Resource Centre

Annual Reports

Annual Reports

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Read the Law Society’s Annual Reports for information on milestones, achievements and activities from previous years. Committee Reports are included in each Report.

Brief

Brief

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Brief has been the Law Society’s flagship publication since 1974. With 11 issues published annually, Brief is the ideal way for members to keep up to date with important developments on state, national and international legal affairs.

All articles are written by prominent figures within the legal arena and focus on topics of importance to the legal profession. Brief also contains details of upcoming events, CPD seminars and less formal articles such as book reviews.

Purchase Brief from our online shop

Submitting Articles for Publication

Brief welcomes article submissions from members and non-members for consideration by the Editorial Committee. Practitioners in Western Australia can earn up to five CPD points per CPD year simply by writing a legal article and having it published in Brief. The amount of CPD points practitioners can earn as a Brief author can be found in the Legal Practice Board CPD Policy and the Legal Profession Rules 2009. For further information on what constitutes a valid CPD-approved legal article, contact the Legal Practice Board on (08) 6211 3600.

To submit an article for Brief, please send it directly to the Society’s Communications and Design Officer via email.

Submitting Professional Announcements

Members of the Law Society may submit professional announcements for Brief to the Society’s Communications and Design Officer via email.

Plus, you can now include a headshot for publication. All photographs should be high resolution, print quality and only feature the head and shoulders of the individual. Brief is a monthly publication and the Society will endeavour to include your professional announcement in the earliest edition possible.

Note: Professional Announcements will only be accepted through this process.

Advertising in Brief

Brief has a circulation of 3700+ and is sent to all Law Society Members and other subscribers, affiliated organisations, universities and law libraries plus an excellent pass on rate amongst the profession and a long shelf life as a reference resource.

Media Kit

For Brief advertising enquiries or bookings please contact:

Moira McKechnie – Manager, Marketing and Communications
(08) 9324 8650
advertising@lawsocietywa.asn.au

Resources and Guidelines

Resources and Guidelines

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The Law Society provides resources and guidelines for the benefit of members and the wider legal profession.

Costs Kits

The Law Society of Western Australia has developed two cost kits to assist legal practices:

  • The Law Society of Western Australia Standard Costs Kit
  • The Law Society of Western Australia Family Law Costs Kit – in conjunction with the Family Law Practitioners Association, the Law Society has reviewed and adapted the Standard Kit for use in Family Law matters.

Both kits contain:

  • Offer by Law Practice to enter into Costs Agreement
  • Explanatory Notes for Clients
  • Explanatory Notes for Law Practices – Disclosure and Costs Agreements
  • Sample Engagement Letter

Members can access cost kits for free through our member’s dashboard.

Non-members may purchase cost kits through the Law Society Online Shop.

Committee Terms of Reference

Useful Documents

Legal Profession Regulations and Conduct Rules

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Fact Sheet: Your right to challenge Legal Costs (Legal Profession Regulation 82(1)

Legal Profession Regulation

Regulations 80(1) and 82(1) of the Legal Profession Regulations 2009 refer to the following forms in Schedule 1:
Form 2: Legal Costs – Your Right to Know
Form 3: Form of Notification of Client’s Rights

Legal Profession Regulations

The forms state that for more information about their rights, clients should read the following fact sheets:
Legal Costs – Your Right to Know (Regulation 80(1)); and
Your Right to Challenge Legal Costs (Regulations 82(1)).

Diary and Directory

Diary and Directory

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Each year the Law Society of Western Australia produces a Diary and Directory for sale to the legal profession of Western Australia.

This stylish and versatile planner is a must-have resource for anybody working in the legal profession and is available in a Week-at-a-glance format.

50% off – Order the 2017 Diary today

In stock

Members: $35
Non-members: $45
Postage: $8 or pick up for free

The Directory is a detailed reference for the profession, including:

  • Alphabetical listings of Western Australian law practices, both metropolitan and country
  • Listing of barristers in Western Australia
  • Court and tribunal information
  • Government agency and community legal centre information
  • National and international law society information
  • List of Accredited Family Law specialists
  • List of Approved Quality Practice Standard (QPS) firms

The Diary section contains:

  • Hourly appointment section
  • Annual reference calendar containing Western Australian school terms and public holidays
  • Two year planner
  • Weights and measures
  • International times and public holidays of our major trading partners

Alternatively, please complete and submit the Order form

For all other enquiries please email diary@lawsocietywa.asn.au or call (08) 9324 8600.

Supreme Court Rules and Forms

Supreme Court Rules and Forms

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A link to each of the various Rules and forms which are used in the Supreme Court of each Australian jurisdiction is provided below.

Australian Capital Territory

Supreme Court Rules
Practice Directions
Cause Lists
Forms
Fees
Scale of Costs

New South Wales

Supreme Court Rules
Practice Directions
Cause Lists
Forms
Fees
No Scale – party to party costs are deregulated

Northern Territory

Supreme Court Rules
Practice Directions
Cause Lists
Forms
Fees
Scale of Costs

Queensland

Supreme Court Rules
Practice Directions
Cause Lists
Forms
Fees
Scale of Costs (found within Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999, Schedule 1)

South Australia

Supreme Court Rules
Practice Directions
Cause Lists
Forms
Fees
Scale of Costs (found within Supreme Court Rules)

Tasmania

Supreme Court Rules
Practice Directions
Cause Lists
Forms
Fees
Scale of Costs (found within Supreme Court Rules 2000, Schedule 1)

Victoria

Supreme Court Rules
Practice Directions
Cause Lists
Forms
Fees
Scale of Costs (found within Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2015, Appendix A)

Western Australia

Supreme Court Rules
Practice Directions
Cause Lists
Forms
Fees
Scale of Costs (found within Legal Profession (Supreme Court) (Contentious Business) Determination 2016,Tables A & B)

Useful Links Media Enquiries

Media Enquiries

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For all media enquiries, please contact:

Andrew MacNiven
Communications and Media Officer
Direct line: (08) 9324 8634
Email: communicationsofficer@lawsocietywa.asn.au

After hours: Moira McKechnie, Manager, Marketing and Communications on 0433 567 224