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  • Implementing comprehensive practice management systems around recruitment and training of new employees not only introduces consistency and order but facilitates compliance with legal profession legislation.
  • Common compliance considerations are employment of lay associates, keeping practitioner details up to date, and the use of appropriate titles.
  • The Law Society’s Regulatory Compliance Support Unit is available to answer any questions you may have.

Legal profession legislation regulates aspects of the employment of law practice staff. To ensure your law practice and legal practitioner associates comply with these obligations, it is advisable to implement practice management systems to address the process for acquiring new talent. Following are three compliance obligations to be aware of.

Lay associates

Lay associate of a law practice is defined at s 6 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) (Uniform Law) as a person who is not an Australian legal practitioner and who is (a) an associate of the law practice; or (b) a consultant to the law practice who provides services related to legal services to the law practice; or (c) a person who shares the receipts, revenue or other income arising from the law practice.

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