NSW Law Society goes down and pays costs in unqualified practice case

In The Law Society of New South Wales v Spring [2007] NSWSC 1273, the Supreme Court of NSW referred to one of the defendants as ‘Lolly Pops’.  Its principal was another defendant, Mr Spring.  He was a retail leases specialist and helped people with retail lease problems, and represented them in statutory tribunals where advocacy was not the preserve of lawyers.  The Law Society sought injunctions against him continuing to do what he does, saying he was engaging in legal practice though unqualified to do so.  Justice Barr found for Lolly Pops, and ordered that the Law Society pay its costs.  This is the case to read if your unqualified practice matter involves non-lawyer advocates in statutory tribunals.

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