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The Australian legal profession has much in common with its UK counterpart and, given the many mergers between UK and Australian firms in the last year, areas of common interest are only likely to grow.

In order to ease cross-border regulatory difficulties, Australian governments and professional and membership bodies have been considering a unified/coordinated governance structure for Australia. Although the review has been underway for some time, likely outcomes for the profession and its professional bodies are not yet clear.

New South Wales, the most populous Australian jurisdiction, was the first to introduce alternative business structures (ABS) for its legal profession.

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How to practise in Australia

Find all you need to know about practising in Australia.


Checking Australian lawyers’ credentials

The Law Society’s International department often receives queries from our members about how to check Australian lawyers’ credentials. To assist our members we have put together a quick guide on how to go about this task.

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2017 Commonwealth Law Conference programme now available

23 May 2016

The biannual Commonwealth Law Conference (CLC) is taking place between 20-24 March 2017 in Melbourne. The theme of the 2017 conference, “Thriving in a global world: building on the rule of law” presents a unique canvass to consider legal issues in our globalised world that both innovate and challenge lawyers practising today. The conference sessions will focus on current trends in Corporate & Commercial law; the legal profession; the rule of law, ...

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Want to learn how foreign lawyers practise law in Australia? Read our new guidance document

19 November 2015

The Law Society of England and Wales has teamed up with the Law Council of Australia to produce a guidance document for English and Welsh solicitors on how to practise law in Australia.

Pakistan: Rana Khalid Abbas, Irfan Chauhan and Zohaib Sahi - lawyers killed, injured and at risk

29 June 2015

The Law Society is deeply concerned by the death of lawyers Rana Khalid Abbas and Irfan Chauhan and the serious wounding of Zohaib Sahi, who were shot in a protest in the city of Daska, province of Punjab, on 25 May.

Law Society visit Down Under

22 March 2013Updated: 22 October 2014By Sonam Khan

The Law Society visited Sydney and Melbourne providing a great opportunity to meet with our Australian members and firms and identify how we can best support these members in their international endeavours.

Law Society President addresses Anglo-Australasian Lawyers’ Association in Sydney

2 January 2013Updated: 22 October 2014By

Former Law Society President, Ms Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, addressed members of the Anglo-Australasian Lawyers’ Association (AALA) at a breakfast in Sydney on the 19 March 2013.

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Dates announced for the 20th Commonwealth Lawyers Conference

17 February 2016

Melbourne has secured dates for the prestigious 20th Commonwealth Law Conference from 19-23 March 2017.

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