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25 B A L A N C E M A R C H 2 0 1 8 25 The Legal Profession Act (LPA) places some extra regulatory responsibilities on incorporated legal practices (ILP). The most notable is that an ILP is required to give notice in the approved form to the Society of its intention to commence providing legal services in the Northern Territory. It is very important for new ILPs or existing law practices that change from another structure, such as a sole practitioner or partnership arrangement, remember to give this notice. Failure to do so leads to a variety of potential offences under the LPA, but perhaps equally if not more importantly for the law practice it can result in legal fees not being recoverable by the law practice and clients having an entitlement to claim back fees already paid as a debt due.1 Similar obligations exist for ILPs in other jurisdictions. If a Northern Territory ILP is considering expanding its operations to engage in legal practice in another State or Territory the legal practitioner director of the ILP should review the relevant legislation regulating the legal profession in that jurisdiction, review the appropriate interstate body or bodies website for information and forms for any notification or other obligations and/or contact the interstate regulator to clarify any requirements. 1 Section 123 LPA 24 October 2017 Admission Ceremony Supreme Court of the Northern Territory (Left to right) Ainslee Corridon, Michelle Godwin, Rikki Hudson, Amanda Thorneycroft, James Leggo, Nicola Leach and Josie Short Incorporated legal practices in the NT and interstate