Legal Archives - Historical Records of Legal Practices

Trying to locate historical legal records or documents held by a legal firm that has now closed?

The LIV can help locate historical records or documents through the LIV Legal Archives service. This service is available to LIV members, legal professionals and the community to assist you in locating a range of files and information from former legal practices and solicitors. We aim to respond within seven (7) working days*.

Archival Request Delivery Charges
LIV Members $175.00
Non-members $275.00

with your member ID and password.

Please complete the following form to request your details
Which law firm are you looking for?:
Which lawyer(s) are you looking for?:
Approximate year the law firm was last visited:
Address details of the law firm last visited:
Additional information (if available):
Please select the information you require:

Add attachment (optional):
(Pdf or Word Document files allowed up to 8Mb size)
Privacy Notice
The Law Institute of Victoria (“the LIV”) protects the privacy and security of information provided by you. By completing this form, you agree to the use of your personal information by the LIV: to process your archive research request, to disclose your information to a third party should it be required to fulfil your research request; for internal purposes; and purposes otherwise generally in accordance with the LIV privacy policy.

For full terms regarding how the LIV will collect, use and disclose your personal information, please view the extended LIV privacy policy at If you do not wish to receive further correspondence from the LIV please notify the LIV at or 03 9607 9470.


The LIV Library department responds to queries about contact details for solicitors and law firms, and queries about the location of deeds and wills where firms have closed. We aim to respond to all requests within 7 working days.
Requests must be lodged on the appropriate online or hardcopy form. Please complete a separate form for each specific item (i.e. firm/name, deed or will) to be researched. Please note payment is required in advance for both types of services.
Information sources utilised in processing archive research requests come primarily from; legal directories; information supplied by practitioners when notifying of practice changes or closures and information held the Law Institute of Victoria.
Research is limited to those resources held by, or available to the LIV. Our researchers will cover every available resource which pertains to your specific request. Please note this is payable in advance and is non-refundable.

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