Practice Review Program
The Practice Review Program is designed to further protect the public by identifying problems in a member's practice before a complaint arises. The Practice Review Program extends the Practice Advisor's role and the services to members who meet any of the following criteria. The participation of practitioners in the programs will be compulsory. The criteria capture the majority of the issues that cause problems, claims and complaints.
- New sole or small firm practitioners;
- Number of SLIA claims;
- Number, nature, seriousness and timeframe of complaints;
- Number of accounting issues;
- Concerns raised by the Courts and/or members;
- Failure to meet mandatory professional development requirements.
"New sole or small firm practitioners" includes both junior lawyers and more senior lawyers from a larger firm environment who are beginning their own solo private practice. "Sole practitioners" also includes members who are in a loose association of a few members where expenses are shared but there is no real "firm management" or consistency of procedures. "Small firm practitioners" generally means a new firm with 3 or fewer lawyers, where at least half of the members meet the "new sole practitioner" criteria.