New Indexation rule to commence on 1 July 2019

Date issued: 29 January 2019

In January 2019, the Legal Services Council (LSC) made a Uniform General Rule on Indexation to ensure the Victorian and NSW Legal Services Commissioners, and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, maintain their jurisdiction to determine costs disputes in line with inflation. From 1 July 2019, the new rule, r 111 A of the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015, will apply to ss 291-293 of the Uniform Law and s 99 of the Legal Profession Uniform Application Act 2014 (Vic).

The Standing Committee thanked the LSC for ensuring the Uniform Law continues to reflect modern forms of legal practice. The LSC consulted with all designated local regulatory authorities, VCAT, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the public on this Indexation rule.

In accordance with the rule, the Commissioner for Uniform Legal Services Regulation will notify the NSW Parliamentary Counsel of the indexed amounts for the next financial year once the Australian Statistician publishes the latest CPI number. The Commissioner will also give public notice on the LSC website of the actual amounts applying in each financial year resulting from indexation under this rule.

For more information, please contact the LSC on 02 9692 1300.