Different strokes for different folks: regulation of publicly funded incorporated legal services

Johnson, Sean (2009) Different strokes for different folks: regulation of publicly funded incorporated legal services. James Cook University Law Review, 16. pp. 63-89.

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Abstract

The exemption from compliance with the provisions that regulate incorporated legal practices in the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld) by incorporated community legal services and incorporated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services may have had good intentions, but the reality is that it has created a two tier quality control system for clients of legal service providers in Queensland. Clients of private incorporated firms have the benefit of a responsive regulatory system, whereas clients of publically funded incorporated legal services are excluded and operate within a complaints driven model with all its inherent weakness. This paper considers whether the exemption granted to incorporated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services creates an inequality in standards and risk protection available for clients of private law firms and those who use publicly funded legal services.

Item ID: 15769
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1321-1072
Keywords: legal services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services
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Reproduced with permission from James Cook University Law Review.

Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2011 04:14
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