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

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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.

Your contact for this region is Donna Evans

Donna Evans

International Policy Adviser: North Asia and the Pacific