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Cite as: (2009) 83(04) LIJ, p.92


LIV Council

The LIV Council meets each month to debate and decide on issues of importance to members, the overall legal profession and the community. At its meeting on 19 February, the matters before Council included the bushfire legal help offered by practitioners, an update on the legal aid funding campaign, membership fees for unemployed solicitors and retired members, and the LIV website upgrade. Guest speakers from the College of Law and LIV Professional Standards also attended the meeting.

Bushfire Legal Help

Council was provided with a breakdown of the efforts of practitioners to support victims of the ongoing Victorian bushfires through the Bushfire Legal Help initiative (see pages 18-23 of this edition for further coverage on the bushfires and LIV response).

Bushfire Legal Help operated in relief centres and through a phone line with Lawyers handling inquiries regarding insurance, lost documents, missing wills, employment issues, rent and mortgage problems and dealing with the Coroners’ Office.

At the time of writing more than 580 private, Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and com-munity legal centre Lawyers and barristers had offered their services at no charge.

The service is supported by the LIV, VLA, the Federation of Community Legal Centres, Victoria Law Foundation, the Victorian Bar and the Public Interest Law Clearing House.

Legal aid campaign

Council was provided with an update by the LIV Criminal Law Section on the ongoing work between the LIV and VLA regarding legal aid fees.

LIV representatives attended the first meeting of the steering committee set up to review time allowances. The meeting was attended by representatives of VLA, the Bar, OPP and the Department of Justice.

Key issues identified at the meeting included continuity of counsel, allocation of work between inhouse VLA services and the private legal profession, fee models and complexity, what work is expected to be performed when a grant is assigned, better funding at earlier stages in the trial process and loss of senior practitioners. Terms of reference have not yet been established.

The meeting decided to begin discussions in the following areas: bail applications, complex financial matters in the Magistrates’ Court and complex affray matters in the Magistrates’ Court.

The steering committee will meet monthly.

Membership fees

LIV Council approved a new category of membership fees for members who are actively seeking employment.

These members will be eligible for the “Non-practising associate member category”.

Council felt that in the current economic climate it was important that the LIV offer support to members who may be subject to redundancies or face difficulty in obtaining employment.

Council resolved to undertake further investigation into the development of a retired membership category. Survey questions regarding a retired membership category and discounted rate will be incorporated into the renewal telemarketing campaign.

Website redevelopment approval

Council approved a project for the upgrade of the LIV website, which received over 50 million hits in the 2007/2008 financial year. The LIV website project will have a phased implementation.

Guest speakers

Council also welcomed former LIV president and College of Law Victoria board of directors chair Bill O’Shea and CEO Anita Kwong who provided an update on the College.

It also heard from LIV general manager professional standards Harold Cottee and external intervention manager Saskia Maschette who provided a visual demon-stration of a proposed new online trust accounting module.

Ms Maschette explained that the proposed package was designed to assist Law practices in complying with their obligations under the trust account recording provisions of the Legal Profession Act and Regulations, while saving them time and money.


LIV Governance and Representation

LIV Executive

President
Danny Barlow 5823 7600

President-elect
Steven Stevens 9288 1241

Immediate past president
TonyBurke 9822 8588

Vice-president
Caroline Counsel 9328 5810

5th Executive Member
Michael Holcroft 5022 2622

LIV Council Members

Cathy Gale 9620 0088

Iresha Herath 9607 9372

Brigid Jenkins 9269 0320

Aurora Kostezky 9607 9372

Anthony (Tom) May 9670 6123

Conor O’Brien 9351 1455

Bruce Pippett 9592 7800

Dominique Saunders 8345 1881

Reynah Tang 9672 3535

Lucy Terracall 9286 6305

Stuart Webb 9269 0416

Mark Woods 5174 6311

LIV Suburban Law Association Presidents

Eastern Suburbs Law Association
Ron Rowe 9888 6088

North West Solicitors Association
George Conlan 9370 3636

Northern Suburbs Law Association
Justin Rizzi 9439 1233

Southern Solicitors Group
Celina Roth 9592 7744

Western Suburbs Law Association
Linda Paric 0422 961 005

LIV Country LawAssociation Presidents

Ballarat & District Law Association
Sarah Edwards 5333 8871

Bendigo Law Association
Megan Aumair 5444 0906

Geelong Law Association
Alicia Carroll 5273 5281

Gippsland Law Association
Mark Woods 5174 6311

Goulburn Valley Law Association
Charles Hart 5831 2377

Mornington Peninsula Solicitors Association
Stephen Shipp 9783 7700

North East Law Association
Karen Keegan (02) 6056 8210

North West Law Association
Leigh Anderson 5021 6200

Western District Law Association
Anthony Robinson 5562 1044

Wimmera Law Association
Phil Babic 5382 4455


To find out more about LIV Governance and Representation see http://www.liv.asn.au/about/structure and http://www.liv.asn.au/directory/lawasns or phone the secretary to the Council on 9607 9372 or email councilsecretary@liv.asn.au.

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