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Australian-registered foreign lawyers

Commencing 1 July 2020, Schedule 1A of the Legal Practitioners Act 1981 (SA) provides for the registration and regulation of legal practitioners with foreign qualifications who are providing legal services in relation to the laws of a foreign jurisdiction in South Australia. 

An Australian-registered foreign lawyer must not contravene a condition to which the registration is subject, with a maximum penalty of $50 000 [Legal Practitioners Act 1981 (SA) Schedule 1A cl 45].

An Australian-registered foreign lawyer is not permitted to appear in any court (except on the lawyer's own behalf) or to practise Australian law in SA. They may advise on the effect of an Australian law only if the giving of advice on Australian law is necessarily incidental to the practice of foreign law, and the advice is expressly based on advice given on the Australian law by an Australian legal practitioner who is not an employee of the foreign lawyer.

Please see the following information from the Law Society of South Australia regarding Australian-registered foreign lawyers here (link opens in a new window).  

Australian-registered foreign lawyers  :  Last Revised: Tue Jul 7th 2020
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