Law firm structures

Law firms in the ACT conform to one of the following business structures.

  1. Sole Practitioner — A sole practitioner must hold an Unrestricted Practising Certificate.
  2. Partnership — A 'law firm' as defined in the Legal Profession Act 2006. All partners must hold an Unrestricted Practising Certificate. Partners can be local or interstate Australian legal practitioners (as defined in the Legal Profession Act 2006).
  3. Incorporated Legal Practice (ILP) — It is a mandatory requirement for at least one director of any ILP to be a local or interstate Australian legal practitioner who holds an Unrestricted Practising Certificate. All other directors can be lawyers or non-lawyers.
  4. Multi-Disciplinary Partnership (MDP) — It is a mandatory requirement for at least one director of any MDP to be a local or interstate Australian legal practitioner who holds an Unrestricted Practising Certificate. All other directors can be lawyers or non-lawyers.

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