Skip to Content

Remote supervision arrangements

On this Page

If you are a lawyer subject to a supervised legal practice condition you can be supervised remotely, however different rules apply.

Where you and your supervisor are based in different locations or employed by different law practices

If you are a supervised lawyer and your supervisor is either based in a different location or employed by a different law practice we must approve a remote supervision arrangement before you start this supervision. The onus is on the supervised lawyer to apply to us for that approval first.

Considerations for remote supervision

When planning a remote supervision arrangement, you must consider: 

  • the logistics of contact, how regular one-on-one meetings will be conducted and how you can contact your supervisor at all other times
  • how your supervisor will manage your workflow if they’re not employed in the same law practice or are based in a different location
  • how correspondence and advice will be reviewed and feedback provided to you as well as the frequency of this review and feedback
  • how your supervisor will access files and documents to review all your legal work. You must carefully consider issues of client confidentiality
  • your supervisors experience in the areas of legal practice you will be working in.

We will consider whether the proposed remote supervision arrangement is adequate and in line with our policy.

If you will be the only lawyer at a law practice, we’re unlikely to approve a remote supervision arrangement because you’ll effectively be acting as principal of a law practice.

If we approve your remote supervision arrangement we strongly recommend that all of your engagement letters to clients clearly state that you’re engaging in supervised legal practice and include your supervisor’s contact details.

Application for approval of a remote supervision arrangement

Please provide us with a written proposal from you and your employer and supervisor, setting out the supervision that will be provided. The proposal should confirm the supervisor will have authority in respect of all legal work performed and will be able to direct, amend, override or intervene. You should demonstrate in your application how you will address any administrative obstacles.

Please send your proposal to us via the lawyer enquiry form, selecting 'Supervised legal practice' as the category.

Where you are being remotely supervised due to COVID-19  

COVID-19 and the need for social distancing means that it is likely that most or some supervision will need to be conducted remotely. We have therefore suspended until further notice our usual policy that requires prior approval of a remote supervision arrangement where a supervisor and supervisee are employed in the same law practice.    

We require a remote supervision plan to be completed for the period of remote supervision.  The plan requires input from both the supervisor and supervisee.  You DO NOT need to send the plan to us for approval.

A template plan has been developed to assist in ensuring proper arrangements are in place so that the supervisee can carry out their supervised legal work effectively, securely and safely. You can download the template plan here.

Remotely supervised legal work conducted during the period will count towards the requirements. 

We will require a copy of the plan to be submitted to us when the lawyer under supervision applies for removal of the Supervised Legal Practice condition from their Practising Certificate.  

Considerations for remote supervision

When planning a remote supervision arrangement, you must consider: 

  • the logistics of contact, how regular one-on-one meetings will be conducted and how you can contact your supervisor at all other times
  • how your supervisor will manage your workflow
  • how correspondence and advice will be reviewed and feedback provided to you as well as the frequency of this review and feedback
  • how your supervisor will access files and documents to review all your legal work
  • your supervisors experience in the areas of legal practice you will be working in

 

Last updated on
* Indicates required field
Back to top