Professional Standards Scheme

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Online Scheme Portal for the 2018-2019 Scheme Year Now Open

Please access the online Scheme portal here.

On 9 October 2018 all recorded Scheme co-ordinators will have received an email providing further information about the online application process for the 2018-2019 Scheme year. This information will have included unique login details for that recorded Scheme Co-ordinator who, as a principal of the law practice, is authorised to complete the online application on behalf of the law practice.

If your law practice's Scheme co-ordinator has not received this email, or if you have any queries regarding the online application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Scheme Administration team by email or on (02) 9926 0189 for assistance.

The Law Society of New South Wales Professional Standards Scheme (commencing 22 November 2018)

The Law Society of New South Wales has continuously administered Schemes as an exclusive benefit for its Members in private practice since 1996.

These Schemes are specifically designed to promote professional standards, enhance consumer protection and to enable private practice members to limit their civil liability to selected amounts provided they meet the Scheme’s requirements.

The Law Society of New South Wales Professional Standards Scheme (the Scheme) will commence on 22 November 2018. This will replace the current Scheme (‘The Law Society of New South Wales Scheme’) which expires on 21 November 2018.

There are some important changes to both the benefits under the new Scheme and its operation.

For the first time, an Incorporated Legal Practice (ILP) may apply for participation or exemption under the new Scheme (provided the ILP entity itself is an ILP Member of the Law Society).  Mutual recognition of the Scheme has also been approved.

The new Scheme, as approved by the Professional Standards Councils and in accordance with the relevant professional standards legislation, requires Law Society Members in private practice to apply for exemption from the Scheme if they do not wish for the Scheme to apply to them.

Important Information on the current Law Society of New South Wales Scheme (expires 21 November 2018)

Forms (2017-2018 Scheme Year)

  • For forms relating to the 2017-2018 Scheme year, please contact the Scheme Administration Team on (02) 9926 0189 or by email at

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