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 (RCSU)
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. The RCSU can assist you with the following queries.
Establishing a law practice
- Choosing a law practice structure – for information on law practice structures available under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) visit the Small Practice Portal. To commence an Incorporated Legal Practice read our Incorporated Legal Practice Toolkit.
- Checklists for establishing a law practice:
Law practice - CORPORATION – checklist Law practice - PARTNERSHIP – checklist Law practice - SOLE PRACTITIONER – checklistUnincorporated legal practice - PARTNERSHIP – checklist
- Practice Management – for tips on how to manage your practice read the Compliance Review Toolkit and visit our Small Practice Portal
- Business Development – for a wealth of articles on developing your practice visit the Small Practice Portal and read the update on "Advertising Legal Services"
- Trust account issues – see our Trust Account Seminar Notes
Your practising entitlements
- How to apply for your practising certificate, conditions of practice and more
- Supervised legal practice – what is it? When and how can you apply to remove condition 2?
- Show cause/disclosure issues – find out if and when you need to disclose certain events to the Law Society
- Practising foreign law in NSW – how to register as an Australian-registered foreign lawyer
- Interstate practitioners – do you need to notify the Law Society of your practice in NSW
Ceasing/transferring a practice
- Transferring a law practice – download the checklist
- Law practice closure – what to do before you leave
- How to advertise your practice for sale
- Surrendering your practising certificate
Need more information on practising under the Uniform Law?
View our range of fact sheets online, including regulatory obligations for law practices and individuals.
If you have a question about compliance or need help in this area, contact the RCSU for confidential assistance via email email@example.com or phone (02) 9926 0115. Assistance is available Monday to Friday during standard business hours.