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Legislation relating to complaints about lawyers

Links to the Act and regulations regarding complaints about lawyers.

The Legal Profession Uniform Law ('Uniform law') regulates the legal profession and sets out guidelines for processing complaints against legal practitioners in Victoria. This law is found in Schedule 1 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (Vic). The Uniform law replaces the Legal Profession Act 2004, which was repealed on 1 July 2015.

See Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria).

This Act commenced on 1 July 2015. The Act simplifies and standardises the regulatory obligations of the legal profession. It brings the new Legal Profession Uniform Law into Victoria, although currently it has only been adopted by NSW and Victoria.

It repeals the Victorian Legal Profession Act 2004.

See Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (Vic).

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 (Vic)

This Act established the tribunal commonly referred to as VCAT. This Tribunal provides a cheaper and less formal way of making and review decisions about particular matters that it has been given power to hear. These include residential tenancies, planning, accident compensation, discrimination and small claims.

See Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

The following Legal Profession Uniform Rules set out various guidelines for practice. Currently these rules apply in Victoria and in NSW:

These rules set out the procedure for renewing an Australian Practising certificate, authorise registration of foreign lawyers, state the threshold requirements for legal practice, set out how trust accounts are to be managed and sets standards for insurance.

See Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015.

See Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015.

These rules aim to help lawyers to act ethically and according with the principles for professional conduct established by the rules and by common law. They provide guidance to consider whether a lawyer has engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct.

See Legal Profession Uniform Law Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules 2015.

These rules set out the procedure for transferring a legal practice, governs conduct in relation to debt collectors, conducting a separate business, and where giving advice in relation to a borrower, mortgagor or guarantor.

See Legal Profession Uniform Legal Practice (Solicitors) Rules 2015.

These rules set out the minimum requirements for continuing professional development for lawyers.

See Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Solicitors) Rules 2015.

This Act regulates the legal profession in Victoria.

See Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic)(opens in a new window).