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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 (08) 8981 5104

Page last updated 22 May 2017

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 Manager Regulatory Services on (08) 8981 5104.

SHEET AREA OF INTEREST DESCRIPTION

Information Sheet s253

Intermixing money - Disbursements

Treatment of legal aid payments, treatment of entrusted funds, disbursements and entrusted funds.

Information Sheet s278

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 r36-54

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 s263

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.

Trust account workbook

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. This document may take some time to download.

External Examiners Information Sheet External Examiners

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

 

Page last updated 28 September 2017

 

 

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 Society in certain situations. The listed notifications are now online forms available in the table below and in the Members Only section of the Society's 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 (08) 8981 5104 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Annual reporting obligations (1 April to 31 March)

EVENT DEADLINE INFO

Annual Declaration Form A

7 April 2017

Required to be completed by all entities providing legal services (r71)

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

Annual Trust Money Statement Form B

 

21 April 2017

Required by all entities with controlled, invested and trust monies subject to a power (s270)

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

Notification 72

21 April 2017

Appointment or termination of an External Examiner (r72)

Self-Assessment Check List

To be provided to the external examiner

Practitioners / practices who have received entrusted money during the reporting

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

External Examiners Report

31 May 2017

 

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.

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

Annual Declaration - Persons authorised to effect withdrawals 1 July (r55(2)(b)

1 August 2017

 

 

 Ad hoc reporting requirements

 EVENT DEADLINE INFO

Notification 77

Within 14 Days

Disclosure of accounts used to hold money entrusted to legal practitioners

Notification 77 (1)(c)

Within 14 Days

Disclosure of accounts used to hold money entrusted to legal practitioners

Notification 73

Within 14 Days

Closure of general, controlled and/or investment trust accounts (including information required under r55(2)

Notification S256 (1)(2)

Within 14 Days

Suspected or identified irregularities of trust money

Unclaimed trust money

After two years of dormant ledger accounts

Application to submit
 
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Annual Self-Assessed Compliance Check List?

Pro Bono Clearing House (PBCH)

All members of the NT 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..

Page last updated 6 October 2017

 

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:

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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