The Professional Standards Scheme provides a significant benefit for Law Society members. The (original) Scheme commenced on 1 July 2014 and does not apply to claims prior to that date or prior to your commencement with the Scheme. That Scheme ceased on 30 June 2019 and was replaced by the second Professional Standards Scheme which will operate from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2024.
Limitation of liability
Subject to any member’s application for a higher maximum liability cut-off, 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.
The Scheme applies to Ordinary, Life and Incorporated Legal Practice members. The Law Society requires members to whom the Scheme applies to complete a Participant Information Form.
An annual fee per Scheme participating member, including ILPs consists of a $50 fee set by the Professional Standards Council (PSC) (GST Free), and a $45 administration fee (GST inclusive). In total, the annual Scheme fee per participant is $95 and is not subject to pro-rata. The $50 component of the annual fee is remitted by us to the PSC under legislation.
2023-24 – Please complete the relevant online Participant Information Form:
Please complete and submit (our team will process your information and be in contact with an invoice)
Please complete form (payment will be made via the Membership Renewal invoice sent to you by the Law Society).
If your firm is registered as an Incorporated Legal Practice, and you are not a national firm, your firm will require an ILP membership in order for the Scheme to apply. You can complete an application for ILP membership at the link below. If you have any questions on this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an opt-out Scheme which, subject to the provisions of the Professional Standards Act 1997 (WA) applies to Law Society members. Subject to the Act, members may “opt-out” by applying for exemption from the Scheme by completing the Application for Exemption.
The Scheme will cease to apply to such a member from the date the exemption is granted.
Hard copy forms are no longer available to download from our website. Please forward all exemption correspondence via email to email@example.com
You can complete the application for exemption using our online form linked below.
Please note, the application for exemption from the Law Society’s Professional Standards Scheme is not an exemption to hold or be covered by an approved insurance policy. From 1 July 2022, being the date of commencement of the Uniform Law, these exemptions must be made directly to and be determined by the Legal Practice Board WA. Law Mutual (WA) no longer have a role in an exemption application for compulsory PI insurance.
Higher Maximum Amount
The Law Society has discretionary authority, on application by a participating member, to specify a higher maximum amount of liability: