Our Terms

We are obliged under the Legal Practitioners Act to confirm to our clients in writing at the earliest opportunity the terms and conditions under which we will act. On receipt of instructions, we will send you a letter describing the terms of our engagement, including the basis upon which we will charge.

Please feel free to ask us about our terms of engagement.

As members of the Law Society of South Australia (the Law Society), all of the lawyers at Last & Co Lawyers are now participants in the LSSA Limitation Liability Scheme (the Scheme).  Because we participate in the Scheme, our occupational liability is capped at $1,500,000.00 for any single cause of action (the Specified Limit).

Effectively, the Scheme identifies us as being responsible professionals, who have adequate insurance to guarantee that we can meet claims made against us up to the Specified Limit.

Our Commitment

As members of the Scheme, all of our lawyers are committed to:

  • Achieving and maintaining the appropriate level of professional qualifications and the currency of our up-to-date experience.
  • Adhering to a prescribed code of ethics.
  • Maintaining professional indemnity insurance to meet claims made against us up to the Specified Limit.

Consumer Protection

The Professional Standards Council (the Council) is a statutory body of the Commonwealth of Australia which considers and approves schemes presented by professional bodies. The Law Society's Scheme has been approved by the Council and came into effect on 1 January 2012.

The Law Society actively promotes risk management procedures and requires that all lawyers participating in the Scheme must undertake mandatory continuing professional development. 

The Scheme is designed to:

  1. Limit (to the Specified Limit) the maximum liability which can be awarded by a Court in respect of claims for occupational liability against a participant in the Scheme.
  2. Require participants in the Scheme to:
  • achieve and maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct and competency;
  • maintain compulsory insurance of a value of not less than the Specified Limit; and
  • adopt the Law Society's complaints and disciplinary procedures.

Disclosure

As participants in the Scheme, we are required to disclose our limited liability on all documents that promote or advertise our firm, including correspondence that we send.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation. 

Scheme Document and More Information

If you would like to see a copy of the Scheme document, it is available on the Law Society's website.

Alternatively, we can provide a copy of it to you, if you request it. For more information on the Scheme, contact the Law Society on (08) 8229 0222.

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We observe the National Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988. In dealing with you, we may collect certain information such as your name, contact details, personal and business information. Information collected about you is used only:

  • for the purpose of providing legal advice; and
  • in a manner which you would reasonably expect us to use or disclose it for that purpose.

If you have any questions about privacy, please contact Bill Last at our business address shown on this site.

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