30 August 2017
The use of "approved clerks" to receive trust money on behalf of barristers is a long standing practice of the Victorian Bar. From today, the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (Vic) (the Victorian Application Act) has been amended to provide stronger regulation by the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner (the Board) in respect of approved clerks.
This move strengthens the regulatory oversight of approved clerks, making it more consistent with the regime that applies to law practices.
In general, the Uniform Law requirements for the handling of trust money apply to an approved clerk in the same way that they apply to a law practice.
The changes to Division 3 of Part 5 of the Victorian Application Act are:
11 Oct 2022
The Legal Services Council and Commissioner for Uniform Legal Services Regulation acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as custodians of Australia and pay their respects to Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge their ongoing connection to land, sea and communities throughout Australia, and their contributions to the lives of all Australians.