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External Examiners

To locate the list of approved external examiners for the current trust accounting year under s268 of the Legal Profession Act, go to External Examiners.

To renew your application as external examiner and or an examiner's assistant go to Renew Existing External Examiner's / Assistant's Application

To apply to become an external examiner and or an examiner's assistant go to Initial application to become an External Examier / Assistant

Should you have difficulty with these pages please contact the Society's trust account supervisor on 8981 5104

Page last updated 7 April 2016

Trust account information sheets

The information in the table below is under continual review.

If you are unable to locate an information sheet for your area of interest, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 8981 5104

Page last updated
9 April 2013

Area of interest

Description

Sheet

Intermixing of money - Disbursements

Treatment of Legal Aid payments, treatment of entrusted funds, disbursements and entrusted funds.

Information Sheet s253

Establishing a Trust Account

A list of banks approved by the Society, the required naming convention of each type of trust account and when the practice is to provide notification to the Society

Information Sheet s278

Examined and compliant Trust Account Software

Assists the practice to identify 'examined and compliant' software; provides definitions of computerised and manual systems. Version 2 updated April 2011

Information Sheet r36-54

Investigations

The regulatory function of the Society in relation to trust accounts; the investigation reporting process; expected professional conduct during the investigation; entitlements afforded to the Investigator, and the recording of breaches

Information Sheet s263

Compliant Records

A self-assessment checklist with relevant regulation references.

Self Assessment Checklist

Trust Account Workbook

External Examiners

This comprehensive workbook interprets the LPA Legislation and Regulations into an everyday practical guide for both the practitioner and key accounting staff.

This document was developed during transition to the current Regulations and Act and is due for revision in 2011. Please refer to individual information sheets for more updated information or contact the Trust Account Supervisor for advice.

Trust Account Workbook

This document may take time to download

External Examiners

External Examiners Information Sheet Once in each financial year law practices must have their financial records examined by an external examiner.

External Examiners Information Sheet

Trust account contact details

All trust account enquiries should be directed to:

Manager Regulatory Services
Law Society Northern Territory
GPO Box 2388
DARWIN NT 0801

Tel: (08) 8981 5104
Fax: (08) 8941 1623
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2 April 2013

Trust account notifications

The Legal Profession Act 2006 requires legal practices that operate a trust account to notify the Law Society in certain situations. The listed notifications are now online forms available in the table below and in the Members Only section of the Law Society website.

The Annual Reporting Obligations online forms will be activated on 1 April each year.

Should you have difficulty completing the online forms or if you are not a member please contact the Manager Regulatory Services on 8981 5104 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Annual Reporting Obligations (1 April - 31 March)

Event

Time Line

Notification

Annual Declaration Form A

Required by all entities providing legal services

By 7 April 2017

Should it be required prior to this date, please contact the Trust Account Supervisor

Annual Declaration Part A - Required to be completed by all entities providing legal services (r71)

Annual Trust Money Statement Form B

Required by all entities with controlled, invested and trust monies subject to a power


By 21 April 2017

Should it be required prior to this date, please contact the Trust Account Supervisor

Annual Declaration Part B - Trust Money Statement (s270)

Notification 72

Appointment or termination of an External Examiner

By 21 April 2017

Notification 72 appointment or termination of an External Examiner (r72)

Self-Assessment Check List

Practitioners / practices who have received entrusted money during the reporting

This should be completed and provided to your external examiner when you engage them

Annual Self-Assessment Compliance Checklist

External Examiners Report

In the normal course of business it is the Examiner, because it is their report who will submit the report. However it is the practitioner who is ultimately responsible to ensure the report is submitted.

By 31 May 2017

External Examiner's Report

(final report to include Annual Declaration Part A, B and the Self-Assessment Check List)

 

Annual Declaration of Persons authorised to effect withdrawals 1st July each year

By 1 August 2017

Annual Declaration (r55(2)(b) of Persons authorised to effect withdrawals 1st July each year

     

Ad hoc Reporting Obligations

Event

Time Line

Notification

Notification 77

Open a new Trust Account

Within 14 Days

Open new trust account

Notification 77 (1)(c)

Update Signatories to an existing account

Within 14 Days

Appoint or terminate an authorised signatory

Notification 73

Closure of trust accounts (including information required under r55(2)

Within 14 Days

Closure of general, controlled and or investment trust accounts

Notification S256 (1) (2)

Suspected or identified irregularities of trust money

Within 14 Days

Notification S256 (1) (2) suspected or identified irregularities of trust money

Unclaimed Trust Money

Application to submit

After two years of dormant ledger accounts

Application to submit Unclaimed Trust Money

Normal 0 false false false EN-AU X-NONE X-NONE

Annual Self-Assessed Compliance Check List?

Page last updated 1 July 2015

Pro Bono Clearing House (PBCH)

All members of the Northern Territory legal profession are encouraged to refer work to the PBCH, participate in the assessment of PBCH applications and to undertake work referred by the PBCH.

Practitioners may register to join the panel or register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest.

Please direct enquiries to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Costs Agreements and Information

Law practices should use these documents to assist in preparing their own costs disclosure material. The documents have been developed to be consistent with the Legal Profession Act 2006 and Legal Profession (Costs Disclosure and Assessment) Amendment Regulations 2007.

The below costs documents should be reviewed by practices:

Letter to all legal practices regarding costs materials

Guide to pro forma conditional costs agreement

Guide to the pro forma costs agreement

Conditional Costs Agreement

Costs Agreement

Costs Disclosure Statement

Guide to Conditional Costs Agreement

Guide to the Costs Agreement

Guide to the Costs Disclosure Statement

Application for costs assessment

Page last updated 5 March 2014

Office Location

Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800

Mailing Address

GPO Box 2388
Darwin NT 0801

Contact

Phone: 08 8981 5104
Fax: 08 8941 1623
Email: lawsoc@lawsocietynt.asn.au

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