Reciprocal Services

Reciprocal Services

Reciprocal Services Arrangement from October 2006
Services available under the arrangement

The Law Society is extending your membership benefits even further.  We have joined the Law Society of the ACT, Law Institute of Victoria, Law Society of Western Australia, Law Society of Tasmania, Law Society of NSW and Queensland Law Society in offering reciprocal services to members.  So now, no matter where you are located throughout Australia, as a visiting member, you can access services such as library and research facilities, practice managements advice, mediation and meeting rooms. Below are the full details of the Reciprocal Services Arrangement together with the specific services available under each law society arrangement.

Reciprocal Services Arrangement from October 2006

1.         Definitions
  • ‘home law society' means the law society to which the visiting member has full membership;
  • ‘host law society' means the law society in the jurisdiction in which the visiting member is staying;
  • ‘listed services' are those services listed under clause 3;
  • ‘visiting member' means a person who has full membership to an Australian law society and is staying in the jurisdiction of another law society for one month or less between 1 January and 31 December of that year.
2.         Terms of the arrangement
  • This arrangement applies where the home law society and the host law society have both agreed to the arrangement. Law societies that have agreed to the arrangement are listed under clause 4;
  • On request, the host law society will provide to a visiting member any listed service that it ordinarily and currently provides to its own members;
  • Listed services are to be provided to visiting members on the same basis as they are provided to full members. For instance, if a member is entitled to the service for free, a visiting member will also be entitled to that service for free. If a member must pay a fee for the service, a visiting member must pay the same fee;
  • Law societies will provide the identification details of members and visiting members to other law societies and / or to the Project Officer of the Conference of Law Societies as arranged by Chief Executive Officers / Executive Directors for the purposes of administering this agreement;
  • Exemptions:
  • Any law society may exempt a specific service from the operation of this agreement at any time
  • An exemption becomes effective on notification to the Chief Executive Officer or Executive Director of all other Australian law societies
  • Notification may take place via email.
3.         Listed Services
  • The following direct advice:
  • advice given during the complaints process
  • ethics advice
  • legal advice
  • practice management advice
  • advice on trust accounts
  • information technology advice
  • legal costs advice
  • counselling, including access to LawCare
  • Access to law society library facilities and research assistance.
  • Continuing legal education and continuing professional development:
  • offered to members only
  • offered to members at a discount.
  • Specialist Accreditation programme.
  • Legal Secretarial training programme.
  • Mediation services.
  • The following employment services:
  • locum service
  • Employment Award advice
  • solicitor referral service
  • Access to members-only sections of the law society's website if temporary access can be easily granted.
  • Use of meeting rooms, visiting solicitor offices and dining and lounge facilities.
4.         Law societies that have agreed to this arrangement.
  • Law Institute of Victoria (notified 1 July 2005)
  • Law Society of the Australian Capital Territory (notified 28 July 2005)
  • Law Society of South Australia (notified 21 September 2005)
  • Law Society of Western Australia (notified 21 July 2005 , confirmed 2 October 2005)
  • Law Society of Tasmania (notified 10 March 2006)
  • Law Society of New South Wales (notified 23 May 2006)
  • Queensland Law Society (notified 24 October 2006)

 

 Services available under the arrangement

1.         Law Institute of Victoria services available under this arrangement.
  • advice given during the complaints process
  • ethics advice
  • practice management advice
  • legal costs advice
  • access to library facilities and researcher assistance
  • continuing legal education offered to members only and also members'
    discount
  • locum service
  • employment advice
  • solicitors' referral service
  • temporary access to members' only website
  • temporary access to meeting rooms.

2.         Law Institute of the ACT services available under this arrangement.

  • access to the usual complaints advice and a Members' Adviser should the
    visitor have a complaint lodged against them during their stay
  • ethics and trust accounting advice of the kind usually provided to members by the Professional Standards Director and Accountant
  • access to Senior Counsellors and Relationships Australia
  • members' rate on CLE
  • the opportunity to be listed as a practitioner for the purposes of public referrals
  • access to meeting and LAB rooms on an occasional basis (when available).

 
3.         Law Society of Western Australia services available under this arrangement.

  • LawCare Service
  • Senior Advisors Panel
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • practice advice
  • use of meeting facilities

Law Society of Western Australia reciprocal services are available only to current members of participating ‘home' Societies or Bars who:

  • will be in Western Australia for less than 3 months accumulatively in the
    financial year
  • are willing to allow the Law Society of Western Australia to verify their
    membership of the reciprocal home Society or Bar
  • will not transfer the Law Society of Western Australia's services and
    benefits to non-members.

4.         Law Society of Tasmania services available under this arrangement.

  • advice given during complaint process [Member Advisor Service]
  • ethics advice
  • advice on trust accounts
  • access to a counselling service
  • access to law library facilities
  • continuing legal education at member rates
  • member access to website
  • use of meeting rooms, visiting offices and video conferencing facilities.

5.         Law Society of New South Wales services available under this arrangement.

  • advice given during the complaints process
  • ethics advice
  • telephone advisory service
  • practice management advice
  • advice on trust accounts
  • legal costs advice
  • counselling (LawCare)
  • access to Library facilities
  • continuing legal education offered to members only and also members' discount
  • locum service
  • solicitors Referral Service
  • access to the visiting solicitors room, subject to availability
  • printroom, on a charged basis
  • dining room

6.         Queensland Law Society services are available under this arrangement.

  • advice given during the complaints process
  • ethics advice
  • practice management advice
  • advice on trust accounts
  • legal costs advice.
  • access to law society library facilities and research assistance.
  • continuing legal education and continuing professional development offered to members only and offered to members at a discount.
  • Specialist Accreditation programme.
  • Legal Secretarial training programme.
  • mediation services.
  • locum service
  • employment award advice
  • solicitor referral service
  • access to members-only sections of the law society's website if temporary access can be easily granted.
  • use of meeting rooms, visiting solicitor offices and dining and lounge facilities.

Note: QLS will not release identification details for QLS members for the purposes of administering the agreement. Please contact the Project Officer if there are any administrative difficulties arising from this.