Register of Disciplinary Action

Part 4.9 of the Legal Profession Act 2006 deals with the publicising of disciplinary action. "Disciplinary action" is defined in the Act as follows:

Under section 447 disciplinary action means -

  • a) the making of an order by a court or tribunal for or following a finding of professional misconduct or unsatisfactory professional conduct by an Australian legal practitioner under this Act or a corresponding law; or
  • b) any of the following actions taken under this Act or under a corresponding law, following a finding by a court or tribunal of professional misconduct or unsatisfactory professional conduct by an Australian legal practitioner:
    • i. removal of the name of a practitioner from an Australian roll
    • ii. the suspension or cancellation of the Australian practising certificate of the practitioner
    • iii. the refusal to grant or renew an Australian practising certificate applied for by the practitioner;
    • iv. the appointment of a receiver of all or any of the practitoner's property or the appointment of a manager of the practitioner's practice; or
  • c) the making of an order by a court or tribunal for or following a finding of unsatisfactory employment conduct by an employee of a solicitor under this Act.

Sub section 448 (2) states that the register must include:

  • a) the full name of the person against whom the disciplinary action was taken; and
  • b) the person's business address or former business address; and
  • c) the person's home jurisdiction or most recent home jurisdiction; and
  • d) particulars of the disciplinary action taken; and
  • e) other particulars prescribed by regulation.

Part 4.9 of the Legal Profession Act 2006 also requires the Law Society, as the licensing body, to maintain a Register of Disciplinary Action .

The Register of Disciplinary Action

Set out below are the names of the legal practitioners who have been the subject of disciplinary action since the Act came into force.