Business structures and sustainable regional legal practice: the use of incorporated legal practices by regional, rural and remote legal practitioners

Hart, Caroline (2012) Business structures and sustainable regional legal practice: the use of incorporated legal practices by regional, rural and remote legal practitioners. International Journal of Rural Law and Policy, 2012 (Special Edition). ISSN 1839-745X

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Abstract

Since 2007 the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld) has offered legal practitioners a wider choice of business structures including sole practitioner, partnership, incorporated legal practice (ILP) or multidisciplinary partnership. In particular, the use of ILPs offers legal practitioners a range of benefits in terms of operating a law firm consistent with business management practices. The status of ILPs, however, comes at a cost of putting in place ‘appropriate management systems’. This paper refers to the legislation and the literature on the range of business structures before giving an insight into the actual choice of business structures used by Queensland regional, rural and remote legal practitioners: what is their awareness of the new business structures? And are there factors inhibiting regional, rural and remote legal practitioners from their use? The paper draws from over 30 interviews with sole practitioners, partners and directors about their choice of business structure.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Special Edition contains papers and abstracts from the Second National Rural and Regional Law and Justice Conference 2012. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Author retains copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Law
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2013 06:34
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 02:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: business structures; sustainable regional, rural and remote legal practice; legal profession
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940406 Legal Processes
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22924

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