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Costs concerns continue

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Cite as: (2007) 81(7) LIJ, p. 15


The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) will continue to lobby for changes to costs regulations.

LIV CEO Mike Brett Young said he was frustrated the Legal Profession Amendment Act 2007 had received royal assent on 8 May, despite the state government refusing to make changes in the area of costs.

The LIV pushed for changes to the 21-day time limit set for a law practice to comply with a client request for an itemised bill.

Concerns were also raised about the third-party payers’ provisions which allows a third party rights to disclosure and the ability to apply for assessment of costs.

The LIV argued an additional provision should be made to ensure disclosure would include client confidentiality.

Amendments suggested by the LIV to the time given for costs review and interest rates on legal costs were also unsuccessful.

“We will continue to lobby the government over these issues to ensure we get a fair and reasonable outcome for this very important legislation for the profession,” Mr Brett Young said.

The amendments aim to improve national consistency in the regulation of the legal profession.

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