Setting Up a New Law Practice in Victoria: A Comprehensive Guide

Navigate Your Path to Legal Practice Success with Legal Compass

Starting a new law practice in Victoria is an exciting venture that comes with its share of regulatory obligations. Legal Compass is here to guide you through every step, ensuring your practice not only meets but exceeds the legal profession rules and regulations in Victoria.

Understanding Your Legal Practice Options

Whether you’re venturing solo or planning to establish a law firm or an incorporated legal practice (ILP), understanding the types of practices and their specific requirements is crucial. Here’s a simplified overview to get you started:

Sole Practitioners

As the backbone of personalized legal services, sole practitioners need a principal practising certificate and must inform regulatory bodies about their practice's commencement and any subsequent changes.

ULPs & Community Legal Services (CLSs)

Offering both legal and non-legal services or community-focused legal support, these structures also require adherence to specific insurance and notification protocols.

Law Firms

Comprising two or more partners, law firms must notify about their establishment, changes, or the cessation of their practice in advance.

Incorporated Legal Practices (ILPs)

As the backbone of personalized legal services, sole practitioners need a principal practising certificate and must inform regulatory bodies about their practice’s commencement and any subsequent changes.