30 Practice by lawyer on his or her own account

(1)

No lawyer may commence practice on his or her own account, whether in partnership or otherwise, unless—

(a)

he or she—

(i)

meets the requirements with regard to both practical legal experience and suitability that are imposed by rules made under this Act; and

(ii)

meets any other criteria that are prescribed by rules made under this Act; or

(b)

he or she is granted by the High Court, on grounds set out in rules made under this Act, leave to practise on his or her own account.

(2)

A lawyer who is a director or shareholder of an incorporated law firm is deemed to be practising on his or her own account.

(3)

A lawyer may apply to the High Court for leave to practise on his or her own account.

(4)

The High Court, in deciding whether to grant an application for leave, must have regard to the matters that are specified in rules made under this Act in relation to such an application.

(5)

The High Court may grant leave subject to such conditions (if any) as it thinks proper.

(6)

A lawyer commits an offence who, in contravention of this section, commences practice on his or her own account.

Compare: 1982 No 123 s 55(2)