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Supporting Professional responsibility

The Law Society delivers information to help practising solicitors both understand and comply with legislative obligations contained in the Legal Profession Act 2004 and the Legal Profession Regulation 2005, as well as their professional obligations under the Revised Professional Conduct and Practice Rules 1995, also known as Solicitors Rules.  

The information provided covers a range of topics. The resources available include online tools and calculators, links to research papers and overviews of the different sections of the Law Society responsible for maintaining high standards within the profession.

Solicitors Rules & legislation


The Revised Professional Conduct and Practice Rules (Solicitors’ Rules) and links to the Legal Profession Act 2004 and Legal Profession Regulation 2005. More...

Telephone and email assistance, ethics rulings, education, protocols and guidelines, statement of Ethics and FAQs. More...


Regulatory compliance

Costs Guidebook, telephone and email assistance, precedents and forms including a Tripartite Deed, and FAQs. More...

Assistance with compliance issues and Compliance Analysis Reviews. More...

Fidelity Fund

Complaints & discipline

Fidelity Fund fees, claims, what is covered and a link to current investigations. More...

Making or facing a complaint, the investigation process and disciplinary decisions against solicitors. More...

Offences and 'show cause' events

External interventions

How to notify the Law Society of any convictions or charges for indictable offences. More...

Powers, functions and appointments of supervisors, managers or receivers to a law practice. More...

Unqualified practitioners

Disqualified lay associates

Definition, how to report unqualified practitioners and the remedies that are available against them. More...

Definition, the notification requirements and how to avoid the penalties. More...

Trust accounts

Advertising legal services

Statutory deposit calculator, trust record templates, external examiners, FAQs, ADIs and notification forms. More... 

Update on prohibitions on advertising legal services, including personal and work injury services More...

Professional Standards Annual Reports

Statistics on complaints against the legal profession, investigation procedures and education measures.  More...


  • Law Society of NSW
  • 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • DX 362 Sydney
  • Professional Standards Department
  • T: (02) 9926 0110
  • F: (02) 9221 5804
  • E: psd@lawsociety.com.au
  • Trust Accounts Department
  • T: (02) 9926 0337
  • F: (02) 9223 3602
  • E: tad@lawsociety.com.au
  • Fidelity Fund Department
  • T: (02) 9926 0338
Proposed NSW Professional Conduct & Practice Rules (Solicitor’s Rules)