The Legal Practice Board (LPB) has statutory responsibility for regulation of all legal practitioners in Western Australia. The Legal Profession Complaints Committee (LPCC), which deals with professional complaints and discipline, is an independent statutory committee of the LPB.
A complaint against any legal practitioner, including a barrister, can be made to the LPCC.
The LPCC’s contact particulars are:
111 St George’s Terrace
PERTH WA 6000
Phone: (08) 6211 3699
Facsimile: (08) 6211 3650
The Western Australian Bar Association (WABA), through its Disciplinary Committee, is responsible for determining any complaint by WABA Bar Council in respect of the conduct of a Member where a Member is guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct, or has breached the WABA Constitution or the Western Australian Barristers’ Rules.
The Disciplinary Committee is independent of Bar Council.
Bar Council may inquire into the conduct of Members and may lay complaints in the name of the Secretary to be determined by the Disciplinary Committee. Where the Disciplinary Committee finds a complaint proven it can impose a number of penalties, including expulsion from the WABA.
The WABA is unable to investigate, or provide advice or assistance in relation to complaints against legal practitioners who are not members of the WABA.