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Key documents which have influenced our approach

We have determined our approach to our role having regard primarily of course and above all else to the purposes, powers and functions given to us under the Legal Profession Act 2007 (the Act).

We have been influenced however consistent with our obligations under the Act by the historical circumstances which gave rise to the establishment of the Commission in 2004, the reports of various inquiries into systems for dealing with complaints about lawyers both here and overseas and related research and academic publications.  

Inquiries and Reports

We participated in and were influenced by the extensive nationwide discussion involving the legal profession, its representative bodies and other stakeholders during 2009 and 2010 about the proposed national legal profession reforms. We have dedicated a separate page of the website to that process and included links to the key documents including the consultation papers and the proposed Legal Profession National Law.

We have been influenced also by various other inquiries and reports not least the following:

Academic and other Publications

The Commissioner and the staff of the Commission have prepared numerous speeches and papers which describe our approach to our work and illustrate how it has evolved since the Commission first commenced in 2004.

The University of Queensland Law Journal published a Special Edition: Legal Profession Reform in Queensland  (Volume 23, No.2, 2004) shortly after the commencement of the Legal Profession Act 2004 on 1 July 2004. It includes a series of articles describing the reforms and setting them in their historical context. That is an important historical document, as are these:   

Those publications all go to the ‘big picture’. We have been influenced in a more day to day, operational sense by the following publications:

Last reviewed
19 May 2014
Last updated
26 July 2019

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