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

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

ERA Journal ID200809
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AuthorHart, Caroline
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Rural Law and Policy
Journal Citation2012 (Special Edition)
Number of Pages17
Year2012
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
ISSN1839-745X
Web Address (URL)http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/ijrlp/article/view/2660
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.

Keywordsbusiness structures; sustainable regional, rural and remote legal practice; legal profession
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480505. Legal practice, lawyering and the legal profession
480499. Law in context not elsewhere classified
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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.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Law
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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