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Regulatory compliance

The Law Society of NSW seeks to align the commercial imperatives that drive the business of legal practice with the regulatory framework largely contained in the Uniform Law. This approach encourages solicitors to view regulatory compliance, not as an authoritative burden, but as a means to generate client satisfaction and drive profitability.

Regulatory Compliance Support Unit

The Regulatory Compliance Support Unit offers solicitors confidential assistance to prevent compliance issues from escalating into complaints and disciplinary actions. The Unit is staffed by two experienced solicitors in the Law Society’s Professional Standards Department, who have detailed knowledge of the Uniform Law and an understanding of solicitors’ working lives.

Assistance in:

  • Practice Management
  • Business structures for practices
  • Practising Certificates
  • Risk management
  • Closure of practices
  • Incorporated legal practices
  • Multi-disciplinary partnerships
  • 'Show cause' issues
  • Practice of foreign law
  • Transferring a law practice
  • management systems including:
    • trust accounts
    • safe custody
    • confidentiality
    • avoiding delay
    • avoiding a conflict of interest

Help line

If you have a question about compliance or need help in this area, contact the Regulatory Compliance Support Unit for confidential assistance:

Assistance is available Monday to Friday during standard business hours.


Compliance Analysis Reviews Compliance Review ToolkitIncorporated Legal Practice ToolkitLaw practice - CORPORATION – checklist Law practice - PARTNERSHIP – checklist Law practice - SOLE PRACTITIONER – checklist Transfer of a practitioner's practice – checklistUnincorporated legal practice - PARTNERSHIP – checklist

Fact Sheets

Uniform Law for Law Practices

Law Practices - Incorporated Legal Practice Law Practices - Unincorporated Legal Practice Managed Investment SchemesSolicitor's Stamps

Uniform Law for Individuals

IndividualsInterstate Practitioners - Participating JurisdictionsInterstate Practitioners - Non Participating Jurisdictions Unqualified Legal PracticeLiability of Principals Transitional Arrangements for Corporate and Government Lawyers

Practice of Foreign Law under the Uniform Law

Admission of Foreign Lawyers Practice of foreign law in Australia