Attorney General Gabrielle Upton has introduced legislation to prepare for a common legal services market encompassing New South Wales and Victoria. The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 is another step toward ensuring NSW is ready for the new scheme on 1 July 2015. In addition, the national Legal Services Council will shortly publicly issue uniform legal profession rules. This announcement is expected in the next twenty four hours. The rules will be posted on the Bar Association’s website when available and included in tomorrow’s edition of In Brief.
Bar Association President Jane Needham SC said "The New South Wales Bar Association welcomes the introduction of the legislation, which provides a blueprint for a single national system of regulation for the legal profession that would bring tangible benefits for legal practitioners and their clients around the country. The commencement of the new scheme on 1 July will involve challenges for regulators and professional associations alike, however any issues in the transition to the new system will be more than outweighed by the certainty and consistency that the new scheme will deliver."