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New training system not onerous, says LIV


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Cite as: (2008) 82(4) LIJ, p. 15


Legal practitioners need not fear the new training requirements for graduate lawyers that come into effect on 1 July this year, LIV CEO Mike Brett Young has told a meeting of lawyers.

Most law firms in Victoria, including sole practitioners, would be capable of undertaking the training requirements inhouse, Mr Brett Young told the Northern Suburbs Law Association dinner meeting on 13 February.

Two subjects – lawyer skills, and ethics and professional responsibility – must be taught externally under the new traineeship system, but Mr Brett Young said the remainder of the training requirements could be met by most law firms.

“I feel confident that the majority of firms would be able to take on a trainee and train them without it being too onerous,” he later told the LIJ.

Barrister William Rimmer also spoke at the dinner, giving a tutorial on termination of contracts for sale of land. About 80 lawyers attended the event at the Veneto Club in Bulleen.

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