The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Bill 2020 (WA), when passed, is expected to commence in Western Australia early 2022. At this stage a commencement date is not known as the bill is still in parliament. This is an important step towards a national legal profession.
For the first time there will be a common market for legal services across Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, encompassing 75 per cent of Australia’s legal practitioners.
The Uniform Law harmonises regulation of the legal profession, cuts red tape and creates a single system to govern legal practice. The scheme also promotes informed consumer choice and has strong consumer protection measures.