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Legal Practice Management - Western Australia

Course ID PW211001_LPM1

  • Online
  • 21
  • Intermediate

Due to COVID-19 this Legal Practice Management Course will be delivered in live interactive workshops online via video conferencing.

Making the transition from solicitor to principal or partner of a law practice requires greater skills and understanding of the business of managing a legal practice.

The course is approved PMC under Rule 18I of the Legal Profession Rules 2009 (WA) and by satisfactorily completing the course, you will be issued with a PMC Statement for Western Australia which can be provided to the LPB to have the restriction against practising as a Principal removed from your Practice Certificate

The orientation, workshop and trust accounting exam are conducted via video conferencing.

Orientation date: Monday, 4 October 2021, 5.30pm to 6.30pm


  • Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 3-5pm
  • Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 9 – 5pm
  • Thursday, 28 October 2021, 9am – 1.30pm
  • Friday, 29 October 2021, 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday, 30 October 2021, 9 – 4pm

Trust accounting exam date: Wednesday, 3 November 2021, 5pm to 6pm

The College’s focus on practical law is reflected in the course structure, materials and presentation. Please view the course details below.


Full Price $2200.00

Alumni/Member Price $1980.00


Start date:

11 October 2021

End date:

19 November 2021


At the end of this course you will:
  • Understand the dynamics of current legal practice
  • develop a detailed business plan that will be a blueprint for your practice
  • apply professional responsibility and ethical practice requirements
  • understand the financial mechanics of your practice
  • manage legal practice risk and avoid negligence
  • learn marketing and business development strategies
  • implement effective people management techniques
  • learn about trust money, trust accounts and setting up a trust account
  • understand how to better manage and supervise staff
  • understand stress and how to balance personal and professional objectives

The course covers the following 10 key areas:
1. Trust accounting 6. Business development and marketing
2. Financial Management 7. Leadership, management and self-management
3. Risk Management and professional standards 8. Ethics
4. Practice management and workflow systems 9. Innovation and legal technology
5. Business Planning

Course Structure

Online component

You will have access to your online materials from the Course Start Date. This pre-reading contains pre-reading and compulsory exercises that must be completed prior to the course workshop completion of the course and to obtain your PMC Statement.


There are three areas of assessment as indicated in the table below. The Trust and Office Accounting exam and Part A and Part B (together) must be passed.


Assessment Activity Name Format
Attendance and participation Workshop and online component Attendance and satisfactory participation
50% examination Trust Accounting Open book - multiple choice and short answers. Sample questions and answers will be available. Duration - 1 hour
50% assessment Part A Business Plan Part B Risk Analysis & Treatment Plan Online submission - templates will be made available


Designed For

Practitioners who:
  • are becoming a Principal in an existing Practice
  • are already a Principal but wish to improve your Practice Management Skills
  • anticipate becoming a Principal in the next year or so and wish to upskill now
  • are currently or anticipating setting up a Legal Practice
  • wish to invest in yourself, particularly if you are contemplating a change eg Government or In-house lawyers