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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Legal Services Commission maintains legal standards

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Friday, November 12, 2010

    Legal Services Commission maintains legal standards

    The Legal Services Commission has continued its important role in the governance of the legal profession, finalising more than 1200 complaints and investigations during a busy 2009-10 financial year.

    Attorney-General Cameron Dick tabled the Legal Services Commission’s 2009-10 annual report today.

    “The Legal Services Commission is vital to the Bligh Government’s ongoing commitment to integrity and honesty in the state’s legal sector,” Mr Dick said.

    “Part of that commitment is ensuring that appropriate standards of conduct are maintained within the profession.”

    Highlights of the 2009-10 annual report include:
    • receiving 1182 new complaints and finalising 1259 complaints and investigations initiated by the commissioner
    • finalising 111 of 122 Personal Injuries Proceedings Act investigations
    • assessing 87 per cent of all new complaints within one month
    • conducting 132 compliance audits of law firms
    • developing a series of online ethics surveys
    • enabling law firms to lodge and access regulatory and related data online through the LP Portal (www.lpportal.org.au).

    Mr Dick said staff at the Legal Services Commission had performed admirably throughout the past year.

    “The Legal Services Commissioner, John Briton, deserves recognition for developing an innovative new program that allows law firms and members of the public to lodge and access regulatory information online,” Mr Dick said.

    “LP Portal, which was launched earlier in the year, is bringing unprecedented transparency and accountability to the commission’s work.

    “The online ethics surveys also deserve special mention as a successful means of maintaining a high level of professional standards in the legal industry.”

    Mr Dick said several issues identified in the report had been incorporated into the national legal profession reform process.

    “The Council of Australian Governments established a national legal profession reform taskforce last year to prepare uniform legislation for the regulation of the legal profession,” he said.

    “These are significant reforms that will strengthen the current system and enhance the commission’s capacity to regulate the legal profession.”

    Mr Dick said the Legal Services Commissioner had performed an outstanding job during the past financial year.

    “John Briton has headed the Legal Services Commission since 2004, and has shown great leadership in his role of protecting the rights of legal consumers and promoting high standards of conduct in the legal profession,” he said.

    “I congratulate Mr Briton and the staff of the Legal Services Commission on their hard work over the past year and their continuing efforts in providing efficient justice services to all Queenslanders.”

    Other annual reports from the justice portfolio that were tabled today were:
    • Land Court of Queensland Annual Report 2009-10
    • Queensland Workplace Rights Ombudsman Annual Report 2009-10
    • Reports on the operations of the Land Tribunals for the year ended 30 June 2010.

    Media contact: Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations 3239 3487