The information in this form is collected to enable the Law Society of Western Australia (the Law Society) to administer the Law Society Professional Standards Scheme and to comply with the requirements of the Professional Standards Act 1997 (WA) (‘Act’). Information in this form may be disclosed by the Law Society to the Professional Standards Council established under the Act, Law Mutual (WA) and the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia. The Law Society is bound by the National Privacy Principals set out in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). The information you have provided on this form can be accessed by you in accordance with these principles by accessing the Privacy Collection Notice located on the Law Society’s website lawsocietywa.asn.au
Note A – Law Practice Name
In the Scheme, the term ‘Law Practice’ has the same meaning as it has in the Legal Profession Act 2008 (WA), and from 1 July 2022 has the meaning as it has in the Legal Professional Uniform Law Act 2022 (WA).
Note B – Australian Legal Practitioner
In the Scheme, the term ‘Australian legal practitioner’ has the same meaning as it has in the Legal Profession Act 2008 (WA), and from 1 July 2022 has the meaning as it has in the Legal Professional Uniform Law Act 2022 (WA)
Note C – Estimated Total Annual Fee Income of Law Practice
The cap applicable to a Participating Member will depend on a range of factors, including the total annual fee income of the Law Practice.
Total Annual Fee Income means the amount charged during a Financial Year for services provided by or on behalf of a Law Practice whose members are Participating Members.
The estimated amount to be charged by the Law Practice for services for the Financial Year 1 JULY 2023 to 30 JUNE 2024 must be specified.
Note D – Professional Indemnity Insurance
The cap applicable to a Participating Member will depend on a range of factors, including the insurance policies providing coverage to or benefiting a Participating Member. Law Mutual (WA) does not issue a policy number. If the Law Practice has obtained further ‘top-up’ insurance and a policy number has been issued by the insurer, this should be specified.
Note E – Details of Participating Member
The details of any Law Practice which is an Incorporated Legal Practice and which will participate in the Scheme should be listed in the first table, (Q6).
In column 1 of the first table (Q6), the name of the Incorporated Legal Practice should be specified.
In column 2 of the first table (Q6), the Law Society member number allocated to the Incorporated Legal Practice should be specified. Please note that the Incorporated Legal Practice cannot participate in the Scheme unless it is a Law Society member. The Law Society member number of an Incorporated Legal Practice can be obtained by contacting Membership Services on (08) 9324 8692 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The details of all Australian legal practitioners of the Law Practice who will participate in the Scheme will have been listed on the invoice you have already received from the Law Society – if there is an error or omission please contact us on (08) 9324 8699 or email email@example.com. Please note that an Australian legal practitioner cannot participate in the Scheme unless he or she is a Law Society member. The Law Society member number of an Australian legal practitioner can be obtained by that legal practitioner contacting Membership Services on (08) 9324 8692, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not a current member of the Law Society please join here.
Note F – Details Of Person Completing The Form
In order for the Law Society to correctly address the confirmation letter of participation in the Scheme we need to know who completed the form.
The Professional Standards Scheme is administered by the Law Society of Western Australia. The Law Society is unable to provide any legal advice, and gives no warranties and makes no representations as to whether any claim brought against a Participating Member or Law Practice will be covered by the Scheme. Participating Members should rely on their own enquires and assessments, specifically as to the adequacy or otherwise of any insurance arrangements and as to the consistency or otherwise of such arrangements with either the Scheme or the Act, and seek their own independent legal advice.