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Interest rate payable on fidelity fund claims: Consultation Paper

Date issued: 20 August 2020

Part 4.5 of the Uniform Law provides for a fidelity cover scheme, which is a system that provides a source of compensation for clients who have lost trust money or trust property as a result of a default of a law practice. 

The interest rate on fidelity fund claims is fixed by section 243(2) of the Uniform Law in the absence of specific provision in the Uniform General Rules.

The Legal Services Council considers it appropriate to reduce the interest rate from the current rate of 5% for the following reasons:  

  • The current rate does not reflect the rate of return which can be achieved by investing the corpus of the fidelity fund.
  • Paying out disproportionately high amounts of interest, particularly on high-value claims, is problematic because it decreases the sustainability of the fidelity fund.
  • This would more closely represent the rate of return which claimants might have expected to achieve had the claim been allowed immediately after it was made.
  • Applying a formula to calculate the interest payable better reflects the policy reasons for paying interest irrespective of the economic conditions at the time.  

Submissions can be sent to the Council at on or before 18 September 2020, and will be published on the Council's website unless advised otherwise.

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Review of Managed Investment Schemes Uniform General Rules 91A-91D: Revised Guidance Material

Date issued: 27 July 2020

The Legal Services Council invites submissions on revised guidance material in relation to section 258 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law and rules 91A – 91D of the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015.

Submissions can be sent to the Council at on or before 28 August 2020, and will be published on the Council's website unless advised otherwise.

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Proposed amendments to the Legal Profession Uniform Law

Date issued: 31 January 2020

The Legal Services Council invites feedback on proposed amendments to the Legal Profession Uniform Law.

The proposals aim to:

  • clarify the effect and operation of certain provisions
  • enhance protection of consumers of legal services
  • empower clients to make informed choices about costs
  • expand the category of people who can make consumer complaints
  • remove the potential for unintended consequences and perverse outcomes to arise
  • improve administrative efficiencies, and
  • resolve inconsistencies and drafting anomalies 
Click here for the Consultation Paper

Submissions can be sent to the Council at on or before 

Friday, 28 February 2020, and will be published on the Council's website unless advised otherwise.

Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015 - Removal of the word 'fame'

Date issued: 11 December 2019

The Legal Services Council's (LSC's) Admissions Committee invites comment about its recommendation that the text of the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015 (Admission Rules) be amended to reflect the language of the Legal Profession Uniform Law 2014 (Uniform Law). Specifically, the Admissions Committee supports the removal of the word 'fame'.


The Admissions Committee develops Admission Rules under s 426 of the Uniform Law. The question of whether a person is of 'good fame and character' is applied by Australian admitting authorities when assessing applications for admission; and by practising certificate authorities when assessing applications by lawyers for the grant or renewal of a practising certificate.

The word 'fame' is not used in the Uniform Law. However, it appears in Admission Rules 10(f), 14(1)(c), 16(6) and 17(1) and (7). On each occasion it is part of the phrase 'fame and character'.

In the case of Council of the Law Society of New South Wales v Parente [2019] NSWCA 33 (Parente) at paragraphs 9 to 13, the Supreme Court of NSW, Court of Appeal commented on the language of the Admission Rules.

Admissions Committee Response to Parente

The Admissions Committee requested the NSW Parliamentary Counsel's Office to produce a draft rule (Attachment A) to provide that any test regarding 'fame and character' should be referable to the objects of the Uniform Law, in particular, maintaining high ethical and professional standards in the provision of legal services; and maintaining public confidence in the integrity and honesty of the profession.

Attachment B is a document demonstrating the proposed effect of the draft rule on the Admission Rules.

Next Steps

The contact person for this project is Cora Groenewegen, the LSC's Principal Policy Officer. Tel: (02) 9692 1304.

Submissions are invited by email  to: on or before Friday 28 February 2020 and may be published on the LSC website.

Submissions received