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Dear Lawyers,

Welcome to the Panels Website.

Here you will be able to:

  • Submit online applications for appointment to Legal Aid NSW Panels
  • Execute your panel service agreement once approved for appointment to a panel

We hope that you find the new site easy to use.

Before using the site, you should read the Panels Application Website Quick Guide. This guide provides information on the website's features, how to apply, using the correspondence feature and executing an online Service Agreement/Undertaking.

Further information about applying for appointment to a panel, panel information packages, the selection process, panel appointments, audits and practice standards can be viewed in the panels, audit and practice standards webpage.

If you have any questions about applying for appointment to a Legal Aid NSW panel or want to provide feedback on using the new website please contact Professional Practices at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

Before being permitted to undertake work as a Panel member, applicants are required to execute an online Service Agreement. These must be executed through the Panels Application Website. Failure to do so will result in your appointment not being finalised and your panel membership not being activated. 

Instructions for execution:

  1. Log in to the Panels Applications Website and go to the Dashboard.
  1. Click on the link in the service agreements/undertakings box in the Dashboard.
  1. Read the Service Agreement.
  1. After reading the Service Agreement, click on the 'I agree' button

A message confirming the 'Service Agreement has been executed and your panel memberships are now active' will appear. You can view your panel memberships and expiry dates using the Update Personal Details function in Grants Online.

If an error message appears instead of the confirmation above or if you require assistance with executing the online Service Agreement, contact Professional Practices on 02 9219 5662.

You can view the executed Service Agreement by accessing the 'Panel Activity' tab and clicking on the ‘Agreement’ link in the View column. 

Instructions on how to execute the online Service Agreement can be found at the Quick Guide for Panels Application Website (page 11).

Legal Aid NSW will transition to a new panel structure in February 2021. From this date, grants of aid will be offered to law practices. You can view more information about the new panel structure on the Legal Aid NSW website.

Law practices will be invited to apply to our new panel structure in accordance with the transition schedule which will begin on 19 October 2020 and run through to 1 February 2021.
 
If an invited law practice does not apply during the transition, we will assume that the law practice no longer wishes to undertake legal aid work. Any panel memberships held by individuals at that law practice will lapse. The law practice will be able to retain carriage of any active files that were allocated before February 2021 but will not receive any new offers of legal aid work.

The new process
  • Panel memberships will now be held by a law practice, which includes sole practitioners and barristers.
  • Only the principal (or nominated principal) of a law practice needs to apply, on behalf of themselves and any legal practitioner within the law practice, to be eligible to undertake legal aid work.
  • There will be one single application form for all panels (excluding the Appellate Barrister Panel).
  • Grants of legal aid will now be assigned to a panel member law practice and not an individual.
Before applying to a panel
 
For legal practitioners to be eligible to undertake legal aid work, they must meet the individual panel requirements for the relevant panel. You can view these requirements on page 26 of our Quality Standards.

Please follow these steps prior to submitting a panel application form:
  • Check that the Grants Online contact details for your law practice are up to date;
  • Ensure all legal practitioners that will undertake legal aid work have their own Grants Online registration; and
  • Ensure all legal practitioners that undertake legal aid work involving children have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC)**.
**This includes Care & Protection, ICL and Child Crime panel work. If a legal practitioner does not currently hold a WWCC you can still submit a panel application form. The WWCC number should be obtained within eight (8) weeks of submitting the panel application form.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Professional Practices at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or on (02) 9219 5662.

To log in, enter your Grants Online username and password and click Log in.

If you are not yet registered for Grants Online, click here to register.

If you have forgotten your password, you can reset your Grants Online password here.

For further assistance with registering for Grants Online or regarding your username and password, contact the Legal Aid NSW Service Desk on 9219 5999 or servicedesk@legalaid.nsw.gov.au