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Rich pickings from breakfast seminar


Cite as: December 2009 83(12) LIJ, p.12

Victorian Government Solicitor John Cain provided some valuable insights into the Victorian Government Legal Services Panel at an LIV seminar.

Mr Cain said the likely spend on legal services in 2010/11 was $57.8 million and that if practitioners wanted government work a short, sharp presentation by the people “that will actually do the work” was crucial.

“Go easy on the ‘do you want fries with that?’ approach,” he added.

Other tips included not wasting their time and remembering that cost was important.

More than 100 people attended the LIV breakfast seminar at the RACV Club on 14 October.

Mr Cain spoke about changes to the Government Legal Services Panel through which state government legal work is directed to law firms and the role of the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO).

Engagement of legal services must be made through the new Legal Panel Gateway (LPG), which was set up to provide an efficient gateway for clients to identify the appropriate panel firm.

Current clients include 11 Victorian government departments. The panel model is optional for statutory authorities and agencies, with eight currently using it, Mr Cain said.

VGSO work, such as native title and royal commissions, is excluded from the panel arrangements.


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