Doing legal business in Australia

There’s a strong and long-standing relationship between the Australian and the UK legal professions. This draws on:

  • historically close relations between the two countries
  • strong similarities in justice systems and culture
  • high standards of legal education
  • the cross-border flow of legal services

These areas of common interest are likely to grow, particularly as the UK leaves the EU.

Australia is ranked by the World Bank as the 10th easiest country in the world to do business.

Practising in Australia

The regulation of foreign lawyers in Australia recognises the important role for foreign lawyers to be able to practise their home title law.

There are no formal barriers for foreign lawyers to provide legal services in relation to foreign law on a ‘fly-in, fly-out’ basis.

Foreign lawyers can come to Australia, act for their clients, and provide legal services for a maximum period of 90 days in any 12-month period without registration with an Australian legal profession regulatory body.

Foreign lawyers are not entitled to practise local law or appear before a court or in a proceeding whether the rules of evidence apply.

However, foreign lawyers are entitled to provide legal services in relation to:

  • the law of a foreign country(s) where the lawyer is authorised to practise
  • arbitration, mediation or other forms of consensual dispute resolution

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