Making sure that lawyers and paralegals are meeting entry-level competency requirements will be a key role of the law society under new treasurer Malcolm Mercer.
“We know through practice reviews that there are more lawyers and paralegals that aren’t, in fact, practising at the standard we think they should,” Mercer says. “We are looking at that issue through further proactive steps. The traditional approach to regulation is reactive and punitive. We are looking at ways to be more proactive and encouraging. That’s the core obligations.”