Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Trust Account) Regulations 2008

18 Practice required to give notice in certain cases

(1)

A practitioner must give notice of any of the following events to the relevant society in accordance with subclauses (2) and (3):

(a)

the practitioner commences or recommences practice, or opens a branch office (whether or not it has separate trust account records), whether alone or in partnership or as a voting shareholder of an incorporated firm, and whether or not the practitioner has previously been, or remains, in practice in any other place; or

(b)

the practitioner’s practice or branch office is amalgamated with the practice or a branch office of any other practitioner; or

(c)

there is a change in membership or a dissolution (whether on the death or retirement of a partner, or the admission of a new partner, or voting shareholder or otherwise) of a practice of which a practitioner is a partner or voting shareholder; or

(d)

the practitioner ceases to practise, or ceases to operate any branch office (while continuing to carry on practice); or

(e)

a trust account supervisor is appointed, or ceases to act as such, for a practice of which the practitioner is a partner or voting shareholder; or

(f)

there is a change in location or postal address of any office from which the practitioner carries on practice; or

(g)

there is a change in the name under which the practitioner carries on practice.

(2)

Every notice required by subclause (1) must state the date of the event and,—

(a)

in any case to which subclause (1)(c) applies, the name of the partner who has left or joined the practice:

(b)

in any case to which subclause (1)(e) applies, the name of the trust account supervisor concerned:

(c)

in any case to which subclause (1)(f) or (g) applies, both the old and new location, postal address, or name as the case may be.

(3)

Every notice required by subclause (1) must be in writing signed by the practitioner and be given,—

(a)

in any case to which subclause (1)(a) or (b) applies, before the occurrence of the event of which notice is required to be given; and

(b)

in any other case, within 2 weeks after the occurrence of the event.