Derry Davine, Consultant Lawyer & Commercial Mediator
John Colonna, Costs Lawyer, LIV Costs Lawyers
John is the manager of LIV Costs Lawyers and has practised exclusively as a costs lawyer since his admission to practice. He has experience in assessing files and drawing bills of costs for firms as an external costs consultant, in addition to acting as an in-house costs advisor and assessor, and an advocate before the Costs Court both in mediations and at taxation of contested bills of costs. Being regularly exposed to rulings made on items in bills, John is well placed to advise solicitors how to maximise their costs recovery, or minimise their clients’ liability to pay opposing party’s costs.
Michael Dolan, Senior Ethics Solicitor, Law Institute of Victoria
Michael has gained extensive experience as a country and city solicitor, as well as in-house counsel for both a major statutory corporation in Victoria and an Australian electricity supply industry association. Michael provides advice to solicitors on ethics issues and supports the work of the LIV Ethics Committee.