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What legal documents and prerequisites do I need to start my own legal services business?


To establish a legal services business in Australia, you will need to prepare and register a variety of legal documents. Key requirements include:

  • Registering your business name with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
  • Obtaining Workers' compensation insurance and business insurance (e.g. public liability, professional indemnity).
  • Securing Council approval (if operating from a commercial premise) and a lease agreement (if renting premises).
  • Having Health and safety policies and procedures in place.
  • Complying with privacy and data protection policies and procedures.
  • Obtaining an Australian Business Number (ABN) and registering for Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • Ensuring your lawyers are qualified to provide legal advice in Australia (e.g. law degree, practice legal training (PLT) requirements).
  • Having strong terms and conditions that customers agree to before they further engage with your business. This will allow you to limit liability for certain matters.
Rowan Gardoce  
Rowan is the Marketing Coordinator at Sprintlaw. She is studying law and psychology with a background in insurtech and brand experience, and now helps Sprintlaw help small businesses

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