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Lawyers choose a quality step

THE WA Law Society’s Quality Practice Standard program is growing in popularity with more than one fifth of the profession receiving accreditation since its launch in 1996.

Law Society president Clare Thompson said the QPS was aimed at assisting practices to improve their relationships with clients and ensure a consistently high level of legal services.

She said it had many benefits for legal practices.

“The standard enhances the status of the legal profession and provides legal practices with an opportunity to qualify for a 5 per cent discount for the first year on professional indemnity insurance premiums and a 2.5 per cent discount thereafter,” Ms Thompson said.

The QPS is based on a model developed in the UK and the international quality management standard ISO 9001.

Ms Thompson said the accreditation helped attract new business and generate additional work from existing clients.

Several firms have recently been accredited including Tottle Christensen, Michael Whyte and Co, Dwyer Durack, Gibson and Gibson, Haynes Robinson, Mullins Hancock, and Srdarov Richards Burton.

Ms Thompson said the QPS accreditation process was designed to encompass sole practitioners as well as larger firms.

“Sole practitioners should not be put off by what appears initially to be an overwhelming project,” she said.

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