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LIV Ethics Guidelines are published with the approval of the LIV Council. Each Guideline is published after rigorous research, drafting and consultation.

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LIV Ethics

About Legal Ethics

Solicitors are officers of the court. A solicitor’s duty to the court and the administration of justice is paramount. A solicitor’s other fundamental duties include acting in the best interests of a client, being honest and courteous, and delivering legal services competently, diligently, and in a timely manner. These duties are set out in the Legal Profession Uniform Law Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules 2015.

Need Help with a Legal Ethical Dilemma?

The Ethics and Professional Practice department provides ethics guidance, develops and delivers ethics education, administers the Ethics Committee, produces Ethics Guidelines and administers the Ethics Liaison Group.

Ethics Support Line

Receive assistance understanding your ethical obligations by calling the LIV's Ethics Support Line on (03) 9607 9336.

Speak to one of our representatives between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Members can also access various other phone support lines with regard to other issues in your practice including:

  • CPD Compliance – 03 9607 9328
  • Costing – 03 9607 9403
  • Practice Support – 03 9607 9378

COVID-19 Information Hub

The LIV's Information Hub is the one-stop source of up-to-date information for the legal profession on LIV services, contingency planning resouces, the latest from key legal stakeholders (including VLSB+C, VLA, LPLC and government bodies) and updates from state and federal courts.

LIV Practice Suport Line

LIV members can call the LIV's Practice Support Line on (03) 9607 9378 to receive guidance on a range of practice issues. For additional information on managing your legal practice, please click here.


The information on this page is intended to be a general guide only. The information is not intended to constitute professional or legal advice, and you should rely on your own inquiries and assessment. The Law Institute of Victoria expressly disclaims any and all liability for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information on this page.

The Legal Profession Uniform Law gives broad (but not unlimited) powers to the regulatory authorities. If a conversation with the Ethics Line becomes relevant to the subject matter of a complaint, and the regulator approaches the LIV and requests our records or information about that conversation, the Uniform Law expressly abrogates the protection of privilege and confidentiality: s466(1)(d) and (2). The LIV, like anyone else (including other lawyers), may be called upon to hand over documents or information in the course of an investigation. The information will not be protected by privilege if that happens.


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  • LIV Ethics Line

    Need help understanding your ethical obligations? You're never alone with the LIV ethics line. Our expert team is happy to help. Call for prompt and friendly assistance: (03) 9607 9336.

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    In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020/21 membership year fee has reduced to $99. Renew now to maintain access to ethics and practice support, daily legal updates, high-quality CPD and more.

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  • Practice Support Line

    The LIV's Practice Support Line offers guidance to members on a range of concerns including: starting, managing and closing a legal practice; Legal Profession Uniform Law requirements; and, day-to-day practice issues. Call (03) 9607 9378 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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  • COVID-19 Information for the legal profession

    The LIV is committed to supporting our staff, members and the legal profession during these uncertain times. Click above for regular updates on the actions we are taking, practice contingency planning, information from the courts and other important advice.

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