The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has now published the law practice certificate form to be used in Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 (PIPA), Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (WCRA) and Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 (MAIA) claims from Monday 31 October 2022.
For the first time, law practice certificates will be required in claims made under PIPA and WCRA, pursuant to amendments introduced by the Personal Injuries Proceedings and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2022. The new form also replaces the law practice certificate currently used for MAIA matters.
The LSC has also published the claimant certificate to be used for PIPA claims from 31 October pursuant to the Personal Injuries Proceedings and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation 2022. Practitioners should note that the claimant certificate for MAIA matters has not changed and remains available on the MAIC website. Claimant certificates are not required for WCRA matters.
The new forms, as well as a summary of the claim farming laws and law practice certificate requirements are available on the LSC website.
QLS urges practitioners to familiarise themselves with the new requirements as a matter of urgency. This includes practitioners acting for claimants, who can face serious consequences for not complying with the law practice certificate requirements, and those acting for respondents or insurers, who have obligations to report non-compliance.
Word versions of the forms are also available to QLS members so that practitioners may integrate the forms with their practice software (login required).