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Cite as: (2005) 79(7) LIJ, p. 100

LIV Council

The regulation of conveyancers was a major topic at the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Council meeting in Shepparton on 19 May. Council also discussed the creation of a compulsory practice management course requirement for practitioners who obtain a principal practising certificate for the first time, the legal services delegation to China, draft professional conduct and practice rules and the International Law Committee.

Regulation of conveyancing in Victoria
Council approved a final draft of the Regulation of Conveyancing submission which was to be submitted to the Allen Consulting Group in response to the Group’s discussion paper on the regulation of conveyancing.

The submission supported a comprehensive regulatory regime for non-legal conveyancers in Victoria in the interests of consumer welfare and also supported the continuation of restriction on conveyancers from undertaking legal work as defined in the Legal Profession Act 2004.

First-time holders of principal practising certificates
The possibility of creating a compulsory practice management course for practitioners who obtain a principal practising certificate for the first time was discussed by Council.

The Practice Management Committee and executive will provide a report to Council within the next three months containing final recommendations for such a program.

Legal services delegation to China
Council approved the signing by LIV president Tory Strong of memoranda of understanding with the Shanghai Bar Association and Beijing Bar Association during her visit to Shanghai and Beijing in May/June. The memoranda of understanding would facilitate mutual cooperation between the LIV and the relative Bar associations. [For more on the visit, see page 16 of this issue.]

RPA rules of practice
Since the introduction of the Legal Practice Act 1996 there has been ongoing uncertainty as to whether a corporate practitioner may engage in legal practice other than for his or her employer. For example, can a corporate practitioner act on behalf of a subsidiary of a corporation that is the employer of the corporate practitioner? The RPA Rules of Practice Committee considered a draft of a proposed r41 to eliminate the uncertainty and recommended its approval by Council.

Council resolved that the draft Professional Conduct and Practice Rules 2005 be approved with the deletion of clauses 41.1.4 and 41.2.4 and the amendment of clause 41.2.3 to read:

“An employee practitioner must not, without the consent of the RPA, be employed by more than one employer at the same time. The partners of a single firm shall be deemed to be one employer for the purposes of this rule”.

International Law Committee chair
Nick Luxton advised Council he would be unable to continue as chair of the International Law Committee (ILC) after 25 May as he was taking a position with a law firm in Hong Kong. Council nominated and approved Hunt & Hunt partner Andrew Hudson to fill the position.

Mr Hudson has been an active member of the ILC in the past year and he is also a member of the Law Council of Australia’s International Law Section.

What’s on at the LIV

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Debate

The LIV Commercial Law Section, together with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), presents this interactive forum exploring the corporate social responsibility debate. Guest speakers include the Rev Tim Costello, Stephen Mayne (of fame) and Tom Bostock (former partner with Mallesons Stephen Jaques), among others. This event is an opportunity for lawyers to learn about the intricacies of this topic and network with members of the AICD.
When: Thursday, 7 July, from 6-8pm
Where: Clemenger Auditorium, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Cost: LIV and AICD members $40, non-members $50
Bookings: Essential by 4 July
Inquiries: LIV Events, ph 9607 9504 or email

  • Family Ties

“Family Ties” presents a unique opportunity for junior family lawyers from across Victoria to develop contacts with junior members of the Family Law Bar and the LIV Family Law Section. This informal networking evening will provide a forum for family lawyers from both sides of the profession to share their expertise and experiences of working in the area of family law. Guest speaker barrister Sharon Johns will present a short address entitled “Keep it brief”, which gives an outline of the Bar’s view on what makes a “stand out” brief.
When: Thursday, 14 July, from 6-7.30pm
Where: The Republic Bar, 299 Queen Street (corner of La Trobe Street), Melbourne
Cost: LIV and Victorian Bar members $25, non-members $35 (cost includes basic drinks and canapes)
Bookings: Essential by 11 July
Inquiries: LIV Events, ph 9607 9504 or email

  • Insight into the Equal Opportunity Commission Victoria

This informal networking evening provides a forum for lawyers to meet with the recently appointed CEO and staff from the Equal Opportunity Commission and gain an insight into its workings. Guest speaker will be CEO and chief conciliator Dr Helen Szoke.
When: Thursday, 21 July, from 6-7.30pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: LIV members free, non-members $25 (inc GST) (cost includes basic drinks and canapes)
Bookings: Essential by 18 July
Inquiries: LIV Events, ph 9607 9504 or email

  • Life at the Bench

Presented by the LIV, Victorian Women Lawyers and the Women Barristers’ Association for senior female practitioners, the “Life at the Bench” forum will dispel myths about the process of becoming a judge and life at the Bench and aims to inspire more women to take up judicial appointments. Guest speakers include Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls, Magistrates’ Court magistrate Audrey Jamieson, County Court Judge Rachelle Lewitan AM and Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth.
When: Tuesday, 2 August, from 5.30-7.30pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: LIV, VWL and WBA members $10, non-members $15. Cost includes canapés and basic drinks
Bookings: Essential by 29 July
Inquiries: LIV Events, ph 9607 9504 or email

Professional Development

Unless otherwise specified, for more information on the following events go to or email

CPD Scheme units
All of the programs outlined below are designed to meet the CPD Scheme requirements. The CPD Scheme Rules state the following in relation to claiming CPD units for attendance at professional development programs: “If this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of law, then you should claim one unit for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included”.

  • Young Lawyers’ Annual Lecture Series

(1 CPD Scheme unit each)
12 July – Injuries Law
19 July – Choosing the Right Business Structure for Your Client
26 July – Introduction to Bankruptcy
2 August – Supreme Court Interlocutory Applications
When: From 5.30-6.30pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne or as directed on website

  • De Facto Family Law Issues – Specialist forum

(2 CPD Scheme units)
Practical aspects of running matters involving the breakdown of domestic relationships.
When: Monday, 11 July, from 5.30-7.30pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
When: Friday, 15 July, from 2-4pm
Where: Peninsula Country Club, Sky Road, Frankston
Speakers: Barristers Dan Sweeney (Frankston only), Peter Pascoe and Michael Wood

  • Equal Opportunity for Lawyers – CPD compliance module

(2 CPD Scheme units)
This seminar will examine the duties and obligations of practitioners as employers, employees and consultants under applicable equal opportunity and related OHS legislation.
When: Monday, 11 July, from 5.30-7.30pm
Where: Pacific International Conference and Meeting Centre, Level 3, 451 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
Speaker: McKean & Park consultant Eileen Scott

  • Mediation Training Workshop

(24 CPD Scheme units)
Four-day mediation training course from 13-16 July offered in conjunction with La Trobe University.
When: Wednesday, 13 July to Saturday, 16 July, from 9am-5pm
Where: City Campus, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne
Speakers: Conciliator and tribunal mediator Garth Brown and La Trobe University Professor Tania Sourdin

  • Australian Competition Law in the 21st Century – Practice briefing

(1.5 CPD Scheme units)
Part of the Australian Competition Law in the 21st Century series. A focus on current developments in Australian competition law, with particular reference to the Dawson Inquiry and its recommended amendments to the Trade Practices Act.
When: Tuesday, 12 July, from 5.30–7pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Speakers: Barristers Charles A Sweeney and Lisa de Ferrari and Hank Spier of Spier Consulting Pty Ltd

  • Basic Court Etiquette – Young lawyers

(1 CPD Scheme unit)
Part of the Essential Skills Series.
County Court Judge Betty King will explain the nuances of courtroom conduct and help you to “get it right” the first time.
When: Thursday, 14 July, from 5.30-6.30pm
Where: County Court, 251 William Street, Melbourne (Court 5.30)
Speaker: Judge Betty King

  • Practice Management: Improving the financial performance of your firm – workshop

(3.5 CPD Scheme units)
Part of the Practice Management Series.
Maximise the profitability of your legal firm by analysing the performance of your firm and developing strategies to improve profit. Improve your skills and management knowledge in all areas of legal practice management.
When: Wednesday, 20 July, from 9am-12.30pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Speaker: Sam Coupland, FMRC Legal Pty Ltd

  • Word 2003 Training – workshop

(2 CPD Scheme units)
A two-hour seminar covering several key topics and functions in Word 2003. Will include demonstration and practical exercises.
When: Thursday, 21 July, from 5.30-7.30pm
Where: Advanced Training, Level 3, 85 Queen Street, Melbourne

  • Succession Planning: Best practice for rural families – workshop

(2.5 CPD Scheme units)
The workshop aims to teach the skills necessary for rural succession planning.
When: Friday, 22 July, from 11.30am-2.30pm
Where: Mildura Grand Hotel, Seventh Street, Mildura
Speaker: Richard Dwyer, Dwyer & Willett Lawyers

  • 2005 LIV/Family Law Bar Conference

(8.5 CPD Scheme units)
Join colleagues in Daylesford for an exciting program of educational seminars and social activities. Themed “Christmas in July”. A range of packages is available for you to choose from.
When: Friday, 22 July to Sunday, 24 July
Where: Lake House, Daylesford

  • Negotiation Skills Workshop

(7 CPD Scheme units)
This one-day workshop presented by La Trobe University is designed to assist lawyers negotiate long-term effective agreements.
When: Thursday, 28 July, from 9am-5.45pm
Where: City Campus, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne
Speakers: Nina Harding, Nina Harding Mediation Services Pty Ltd and La Trobe University Professor Tania Sourdin

  • Practice Management: Bringing out the best in your people – workshop

(3 CPD Scheme units)
Improve human capital management by exploring strategies used to construct a vibrant and inspirational leadership culture. Learn methods employed by firms which know how to recruit, motivate and retain talented staff.
When: Wednesday, 3 August, from 9am-12.30pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Speaker: Sam Coupland, FMRC Legal Pty Ltd

  • The Office of the Victorian Small Business Commissioner – Legal update

(1.5 CPD Scheme units)
On the two-year anniversary of the Office of the Small Business Commissioner, Mark Brennan will outline his office’s activities for the past two years and the legal profession’s dealings with his office.
When: Thursday, 4 August, from 5.30-7pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Speaker: Small Business Commissioner, Victoria, Mark Brennan

  • Mornington Practice Management Essential: Marketing and strategy – workshop

(6 CPD Scheme units)
Build your practice into a high-performance legal firm by developing critical marketing skills and learn strategic planning strategies to meet firm objectives and develop a clear vision for the future.
When: Friday, 5 August, from 9am-5pm
Where: Mt Eliza Business School, Kunyung Road, Mt Eliza
Speaker: Sam Coupland, FMRC Legal Pty Ltd

Young Lawyers

  • New Financial Year – Winter social and networking evening

Unwind from the rush of June by celebrating the new financial year at the winter edition of the Young Lawyers’ Social and Networking Evening. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at The Bureau with Michael Page Legal providing a door prize for one lucky person.
When: Friday, 22 July, 5.30-7.30pm
Where: The Bureau, 299 Queen Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free – but please note that this event is restricted to Young Lawyers’ Section members.
Contact: Suzi Stanicic on ph 9629 5551 or email

  • Bowled Away! – Northern and Eastern Suburbs young lawyers

All young lawyers based in the northern and eastern suburbs are invited to bowl away the winter blues at a bowling (and social) evening at AMF Bowling in Box Hill.
When: Friday, 15 July, 6.30-8.30pm
Where: AMF Bowling, Nelson Street (cnr Prospect Street), Box Hill
Cost: YL member $10, non-member $15 (includes two games, shoe hire, soft drinks and light snacks)
Bookings: Are essential by 8 July and should be made to ph 9607 9370 or email

LIV Governance and Representation


President Victoria Strong 9607 9367
Vice President Catherine Gale 9670 5000
Immediate Past President Chris Dale 9286 6164
Treasurer Geoff Provis 9609 1549
Executive MemberAnthony Burke 9822 8588


Danny Barlow 5823 7600
David Faram 5821 4566
Carol Geyer 9843 2121
Iresha Herath 9643 4153
Aurora Kostezky 9670 0700
Tom May 9641 8917
Bill O’Shea 9276 3750
Christopher Penman 8344 7544
Tabatha Pettitt 9810 3322
Erskine Rodan 9329 8744
Dominique Saunders 9609 1598
Steven Stevens 9288 1241
Mark Woods 5174 6311


Eastern Suburbs Law Association Ron Rowe 9888 6088
Northern Suburbs Law Association John McClelland 9435 3811
North Western Solicitors Association George Conlan 9370 3636
Southern Solicitors Group Bill Rowson 9792 0755
Western Suburbs Law Association Peter Mecoles 9687 3211


Ballarat & District Law Association Richard Oakley 5331 5466
Bendigo Law Association Andrew Pickles 5443 1766
Geelong Law Association Deb Anderson 5221 8777
Gippsland Law Association Jacqui Billings 5127 1944
Goulburn Valley Law Association Danny Barlow 5821 9544
Mornington Peninsula Solicitors Association Amanda Graham 9781 4222
North East Law Association Ian Watkins 5721 2149
North West Law Association Michael Holcroft 5022 2622
Western District Law Association James Nicol 5560 2029
Wimmera Law Association Brigid Jenkins 5381 0933


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