A review of Legal Profession Uniform General Rule 36(4) is now underway
Services Council is reviewing Legal Profession Uniform
General Rule 36(4). It is seeking your views on whether law practices
should be required to provide a receipt in every instance that money is
received into a trust account, either directly from the client or via bank
transfer from the client or a third party payer.
The Council is seeking the views of
consumers/consumer organisations, law practices and the public about the
practical implications and value of UGR 36(4) and whether it should be changed.
It is currently considering three options:
1. that a receipt is to be
provided on request only (ie, reverting to the previous position);
2. existing UGR 36(4) remains
unchanged and a receipt is required in each instance for all payers; or
3. the current rule is retained with a limited
exception that receipts are only required to be given to commercial and
government clients or third party payers on request.
A copy of a draft amendment based on option
1 is available at the Legal Services Council website.
Any views (or further views) that you may
wish to offer will be considered at the next meeting of the Council scheduled
for 29 June 2016. Please send your comments to email@example.com
before COB 1 June 2016.
As this is a public consultation process
you should note that your submission will
be made public unless you advise us that it is confidential.