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LIV advocacy

Every Issue

To represent the interests of members and the wider community, the LIV actively seeks to influence policy and legislation through lobbying and submissions to government, the courts and other bodies.

LIV/Victorian Bar breakfast
Mr Brett Young, Mr Burke, Mr Barlow and Councillor Steven Stevens attended a regular meeting with Victorian Bar chair Peter Riordan SC and Michael Colbran QC.

Meeting with the AMA
Mr Brett Young and Mr Burke attended a meeting with representatives from the Australian Medical Association, including CEO Jane Stephens and president Doug Travis, to discuss medico/legal issues.

Suburban law association meetings
Mr Burke addressed a number of suburban meetings, including the Northwest Law Association; Northern Suburbs Law Association; Eastern Suburbs Law Association and, in Queensland, the annual conference of the Southern and Northern Solicitors. Mr Brett Young addressed the Western

Suburbs Law Association meeting.

Traineeship seminars
Mr Brett Young, Board of Examiners and Council of Legal Education CEO Richard Besley and author of the Review of Legal Education Report, Professor Sue Campbell, addressed seminars for members about the rollout of the new traineeships system from 1 July.

Submissions

Submissions made by the LIV may be viewed at http://www.liv.asn.au/members/sections/submissions.

LCA dinner
Mr Burke at tended a Law Council of Australia dinner at Old Parliament House in Canberra which was attended by government and opposition politicians, including Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner.

LCA directors meeting
Mr Brett Young, Mr Burke, Mr Barlow and Ms Gale attended this meeting in Darwin.

LIV and Victorian Bar Indigenous Lawyers Networking Event
Councillor Iresha Herath represented the LIV at this event, held at Owen Dixon Chambers.

LIV June Council meeting
The meeting was attended by representatives from country and suburban law associations. Australian Law Students’ Association committee member Katie Elder also spoke at the meeting about the financial difficulties of doing a law degree.

LIV Ethics Liaison Group
Mr Brett Young met representatives from the top 60 law firms about trends in ethical issues for the profession.

LIV President’s Leadership Lunch
Mr Burke hosted this event, which featured an entertaining and informative address by The Age senior reporter John Silvester about the underworld gangland war.

ALPMA
LIV CEO Mike Brett Young addressed the annual seminar of the Australian Legal Practice Management Association and discussed anti-money laundering legislation and national insurance standards.

Class Action Users’ Group meeting
Mr Brett Young joined a meeting convened by Justice Weinberg at the Federal Court for plaintiff and defendant law firm representatives to discuss more efficient and effective access to the courts.

College of Law
Mr Brett Young, former LIV president Bill O’Shea and Councillor Cathy Gale, as directors of the college, attended a planning retreat in Sydney.

Conference of Law Societies
Mr Brett Young, LIV president Tony Burke, LIV vice-president Danny Barlow and Councillor Cathy Gale attended this conference with interstate law societies in Darwin.

CORO
Mr Brett Young and regulatory officers from around the country attended the annual meeting of the Conference of Regulatory Officers, which was held in Darwin.

Judicial welcomes
Mr Burke spoke on behalf of the LIV at the welcomes for Judge Paul Lacava and Judge Frank Gucciardo to the County Court.

AML/CTF Regulatory Regime –Law Council of Australia Response
The LIV reviewed and suppor ted a sub mission by the Law Council of Australia regarding the AML/CTF Regulatory Regime.

Enduring Powers of Attorney
The LIV has received comments from legal practitioners and other professionals who deal with Part XIA of the Instruments Act 1958 and Enduring Powers of Attorney (Financial) on a regular basis. The LIV has written to the Attorney-General to raise various issues based on feedback received, and to propose reform.

Incorporated Legal Practice Structures
The Legal Services Board accepted an LIV submission that incorporated entities could act as both agent and trustee for a legal partnership trust and still qualify as an Incorporated Legal Practice under s2.7.4(1) of the Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic). This classification confirms that legal practice structures using such incorporated entities may validly practise law under s2.2.2 of the Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic).

Provision of Notices and Surcharge Rates on Land Tax for Fixed Unit Trusts
The LIV made a submission to the Commissioner of State Revenue regarding ss46B and 46C of the Land Tax Act 2005 (Vic). The LIV considers that the sections should be interpreted to allow notices of land acquisitions to occur after the year in which the land is first acquired.

Rethinking the AGM
The LIV reviewed and endorsed a Chartered Secretaries discussion paper that submits that attendances at annual general meetings for publicly-listed companies may be increased by changing proxy voting procedures.

Taxation Incentives for Pro Bono Work
The LIV made a submission to the Assistant Treasurer, Chris Bowen, regarding the use of tax incentives to increase lawyer participation

in pro bono legal work.

VCAT Civil Claims List Application Form
The LIV made submissions to VCAT regarding the layout of its proposed application form for the VCAT Civil Claims List.

Law Council of Australia (LCA) submissions
The latest LCA submissions can be seen at http://www.lawcouncil.asn.au/submissions.html.

The LIV’s media adviser KERRY O’SHEA is available to help members with particular media issues and can be contacted on ph 9607 9373 or for more information see http://www.liv.asn.au/media.

LIV and the Media

ABC Lindy Burns legal segment
12 June: Pre nup agreements and legal issues surrounding them
26 June: Bill to allow de facto access to FamilyCourt; allowing patients the right to refuse medical treatment

ABC Statewide weekly segment with the LIV
4 June: Derryn Hinch and contempt; VLRC abortion report; euthanasia; civil litigation; listeners’ calls
11 June: Rights for same sex couples; ban on body piercing for under 18s; barristers’ fees
18 June: Governments to seek costs from community groups in civil cases; jury dismissed for playing Sudoku
25 June: Sex offender wins right to review of detention; Family Violence Protection Bill; elderly drivers and licences; listeners’ calls

Barristers defend fees and court process
LIV says Victoria is world leader in mediation, following Attorney-General’s criticism of barristers’ fees
11 June: The Age

Compensation call over jailings
LIV says it is unsatisfactory that people can be jailed for years and released without compensation
19 June: The Age

Crimassist questioned
LIV and VLA question validity of legal service run by ex defendants
11 June: Melbourne Times and other suburban newspapers

E-conveyancing difficulties
Banks and lawyers boycott new e-conveyancing system, LIV comments
22 June: Sunday Age

Family Violence Protection Bill
LIV explains new Victorian law to allow intervention orders for financial or emotional abuse
26 June: Channel 7 Sunrise

Tony Mokbel wins right to Supreme Court hearing on stay application
LIV comments on Supreme Court bid
24 June: Channel 9 Melbourne; NBN Tamworth, Newcastle, Gosford, Coffs Harbour, Lismore

VLRC Civil Justice Report
LIV responds to release of report
6 June: Lawyers Weekly

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