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Cite as: (2007) 81(7) LIJ, p. 101

LIV Council

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Council was joined by members of the Western District Law Association (WDLA) at the 17 May meeting in Warrnambool.

Council business was preceded by the WDLA annual general meeting.

Governance Review Taskforce

Council approved a five-year trial of a new Committee of Council called the Future Focus Committee.

The initiative, suggested by the LIV Governance Review Taskforce, will bring forward key community issues for which the LIV can help develop public policy.

The taskforce also recommended a performance review of Council members.

Council adopted the proposal that all Council members undertake an individual councillor review process at the end of each financial year.

Collaborative law invitation

Non-legal professionals such as valuers, counsellors, mediators, medical practitioners, accountants and financial planners are welcome to join Collaborative Professionals Victoria (CPV).

Council approved criteria for membership of CPV and the LIV Collaborative Law Practice Group, including non-legal members.

Beating depression

Council noted the need to address how the LIV can best assist practitioners with depression, drug and alcohol addiction.

This year the Beaton Consulting 2007 Annual Professions Study included a separate survey developed by national organisation beyondblue of the incidence of depression in various professions. The survey found that lawyers were more likely to be depressed [see “Survey reveals depth of depression problem”, June 2007 LIJ, page 22].

Following on from this survey, LIV CEO Mike Brett Young met with principal LawCare counsellor Michael Clarebrough, other senior counsellors and solicitors interested in raising awareness of the incidence of depression.

General business

A WDLA guest questioned the new requirements in relation to disclosure of costs under the Legal Profession Amendment Act 2007.

Mr Brett Young said the LIV would continue to argue against some aspects of the Act, as he considered some provisions to be unmanageable.

What’s on at the LIV

Global Environmental Discussion Forum: Water

The LIV will run a series of four discussion forums on issues facing the global environment. The first of these forums will focus on water and the environmental issues and options associated with managing freshwater resources while protecting our environment.

When: Wednesday, 25 July, from 6pm
Where: State Library Theatrette, Entry 3, La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free
Contact: LIV Events on ph 9607 9504 or email

Pitcher Partners’ President’s Luncheon: Dr Geoff Gallop

When former WA Premier Dr Geoff Gallop decided to step down to seek treatment for depression, it was seen by many as a breakthrough in terms of destigmatising depression. Dr Gallop will speak about his experience with depression, and in light of the results of the annual professions survey conducted by beyondblue, he will reflect on what the profession can do to address the issue. Proudly sponsored by Pitcher Partners.

When: Monday, 30 July, from 12.30-2pm
Where: RACV, Level 17, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: Book before 5pm, Monday, 16 July and enjoy early bird rate $70 LIV members, $65 YL members, $85 non-members and guests, $650 corporate tables of 10. Normal rate: $80 LIV members, $75 YL members, $95 non-members and guests, $750 corporate tables of 10
For Bookings: LIV Events on ph 9607 9504 or email

The Art of Networking

A unique event jointly hosted by the LIV and CPA Australia that provides guests with an ideal opportunity to network with leading professionals from a wide range of industries amid captivating art exhibitions. This year, enjoy a late night opening of the NGV International which is presenting the Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now, featuring masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and many others.

When: Wednesday, 1 August, from 6-8pm (with NGV open until 9pm)
Where: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Cost: $60 for LIV and CPA Australia members, $75 non-members. This fee includes exhibition entry fee of $20.
For Bookings: LIV Events on ph 9607 9504 or email

Professional Development

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

CPD units All of the programs outlined below are designed to meet the CPD Rules requirements. In relation to claiming CPD units for attendance at professional development programs, if the 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 2007 Annual Lecture Series (1.5 CPD units each)

10 July Choosing the Right Business Structure for Your Client

17 July Essential Banking Law & Practice

19 July What You Need to Know about Costs, Costs Agreements and Time Billing (Part of the Survival Skills Series)

24 July Intellectual Property Law 101

31 July Mediating and Settling Disputes: Ensuring the Settlement Stands

7 August Testator’s Family Maintenance Claims

Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Managing Email Effectively

(Professional Skills CPD field – 1.5 CPD units)

This program is designed for people struggling with the volume of email they receive every day.

When: Monday, 9 July, from 5.30-7pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Speaker: Mary Morris

Tax Issues in Insolvency

(Substantive Law CPD field – 1.5 CPD units)

This seminar will examine and identify issues associated with the appointment of a liquidator and options available to the liquidator to minimise the impact of taxation on assets available for distribution.

When: Monday, 9 July, from 5.30-7pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Speaker: Dr Bill Orow, Victorian Bar

Negotiation Skills Training Workshop

(Professional Skills CPD field – 6 CPD units)

The workshop aims to teach the skills necessary to negotiate effective agreements.
When: Monday, 16 July, from 10am-6pm
Where: City Campus, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne
Speaker: Nina Harding, Nina Harding Mediation Services Pty Ltd

Mediation Training Workshop

(Professional Skills CPD field – 30 CPD units)

This five-day interactive workshop has been developed to meet the draft National Mediation Accreditation Standard guidelines and provides participants with the essential negotiation, mediation and communication skills required to become a mediator.

When: Tuesday, 17 July to Saturday, 21 July, from 9-5pm
Where: City Campus, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne
Speaker: Professor Tania Sourdin, Director, Centre for the Study of Professions and Director, Centre for Conflict Resolution, La Trobe University

Recent Trends in Legal Professional Privilege

(Substantive Law CPD Field – 2 CPD units)

Part of the Advanced Civil Litigation Series

This specialist forum will outline the principles behind legal professional privilege.

When: Wednesday, 18 July, from 5.30-7.30pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Speaker: Freehills partner Professor Bob Baxt and University of Melbourne Associate Professor Andrew Palmer

Liability of Directors and Officers in OHS Matters

(Substantive Law CPD field – 1 CPD unit)

Recent changes to occupational health and safety laws have exposed company directors and officers to prosecution in a broader range of circumstances than was previously the case.

When: Thursday, 19 July, from 1-2pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Speaker: Victorian barrister Peter Rozen

Interlocutory Applications

(Substantive Law CPD field – 1.5 CPD units)

The seminar will discuss the principles which are applied by Victorian courts in determining applications for interlocutory injunctions.

When: Monday, 23 July, from 5.30-7pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Speaker: Victorian barrister John K Arthur

A Practical Approach to Dealing with the Tax Commissioner

(Substantive Law CPD field – 1.5 CPD units)

This seminar will identify and examine practical issues that arise from dealing with the Commissioner of Taxation both before and after the commencement of litigation.

When: Wednesday, 25 July, from 5.30-7pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Speaker: Dr Bill Orow, Victorian Bar

Marketing Skills for Lawyers

(Practice Management & Business Skills CPD Field – 1.5 CPD units)

This program is packed with ideas of how lawyers can add more value to their organisations. Lawyers will be encouraged to consider different metrics as to what represents a valuable lawyer.

When: Thursday, 26 July, from 5.30-7pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Speaker: Steve Arthurson

Tax Issues in Family Law Practice

(Substantive Law CPD Field – 1.5 CPD units)

This seminar will assist family law practitioners to identify and examine taxation issues that must be taken into account in the preparation of property settlements and asset separation.

When: Monday, 6 August, from 5.30-7pm
Where: LIV, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Speaker: Dr Bill Orow, Victorian Bar

CPD Compliance Workshop – Preston

(Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Professional Skills and Practice Management and Business Skills CPD fields – 3 CPD units)

Part of the CPD Regional & Suburban Compliance Workshops – August and September

This workshop has been designed to allow practitioners to comply with the new CPD Rules 2007, r5.2. Practitioners can register for all sessions or individual sessions in the workshop according to their needs.

Session 1: Ethics & Professional Responsibility (9-10am)
Session 2: Professional Skills (10.15-11.15am)
Session 3: Practice Management & Business Skills (11.30am-12.30pm)
When: Wednesday, 8 August
Where: Venue to be confirmed

For more details on the workshop please go to

Young Lawyers

Trivia night

Surrender your legal brain to the worldly wisdom of the Young Lawyers’ Trivia Night. Trivia questions, music, comedy and interactive games are guaranteed to free your mind and entertain you at the same time. Proudly sponsored by Michael Page Legal.

When: Thursday, 12 July, from 5.30-8pm
Where: The Exchange Hotel, 120 King Street, Melbourne
Cost: $12 LIV members, $16 non-members
Contact: For further information or to RSVP, please contact the Young Lawyers’ Section on ph 9607 9370 or email or visit

LIV Governance & Representation


Geoff Provis 9607 9367

Anthony Burke 9822 8588

Immediate Past President
Catherine Gale 9618 7300

Danny Barlow 5823 7660

Executive Member
Steven Stevens 9288 1241


Caroline Counsel 9328 5810

David Faram 5821 4566

Carol Geyer 9605 2858

Aurora Kostezky 8602 9208

Anthony (Tom) May 9641 8917

Christopher Molnar 9612 2300

Bill O’Shea 9276 3750

Bruce Pippett 9592 7800

Dominique Saunders 9609 1598

Patrick Sweeney 9672 5800

Elissa Watson 5134 8055

Stuart Webb 9269 0185

Mark Woods 5174 6311


Eastern Suburbs Law Association
Ron Rowe 9888 6088

Northern Suburbs Law Association
Jennifer Mairs 9848 4144

North Western Solicitors Association
George Conlan 9370 3636

Southern Solicitors Group
Celina Roth 9592 7744

Western Suburbs Law Association
Linda Paric 0422 961 005


Ballarat & District Law Association
Fleur Jackson 5332 1584

Bendigo Law Association
Megan Aumair 5444 0906

Geelong Law Association
Deb Anderson 5222 2077

Gippsland Law Association
Mark Woods 5174 6311

Goulburn Valley Law Association
Anthony Coote 5821 4144

Mornington Peninsula SolicitorsAssociation
Nick Roberts 5977 4000

North East Law Association
Karen Keegan 5752 1255

North West Law Association
John Roccisano 5021 6227

Western District Law Association
James Nicol 5560 2000

To find out more about LIV Governance and Representation see and or telephone the Secretary to the Council on 9607 9372 or email


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