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Cite as: July 2012 86 (07) LIJ, p.10

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.

Breakfast special

LIV President Michael Holcroft and LIV CEO Michael Brett Young attended the LIV Movers & Shakers Breakfast. Crime writer Kerry Greenwood, the author of the bestselling Phryne Fisher series, was guest speaker.

Celebrating pro bono

Mr Brett Young attended a Victorian Bar function acknowledging the pro bono work done by barristers.

Coroners Court talks

Mr Holcroft and Mr Brett Young met with Judge Jennifer Coate of the Coroners Court to discuss court backlogs and facilities.

Court access raised

Mr Holcroft and Mr Brett Young met with Chief Magistrate Ian Gray. Magistrates’ Court access by lawyers and the proposed second adjournment policy were discussed.

Disability inquiry

Mr Holcroft presented the LIV’s submission to the Victorian government’s parliamentary inquiry into people with a disability and the justice system.

E-conveyancing forum

Mr Holcroft and Mr Brett Young attended the National E-conveyancing Consultation Forum held by the Department of Sustainability and Environment.

Ethics liaison

Mr Holcroft attended an LIV Ethics Liaison Group event on the ethics of cloud computing. Representatives of several large law firms were among those who attended the popular event.

Great debate

Mr Holcroft was on the judging panel of the Monash University Great Debate at the Monash Law Chambers. The topic was “Political bias in the media should be banned”.

Large law firm meeting

Mr Holcroft and Mr Brett Young met with large law firm Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) managing partner John Carrington.

Leading the way

Mr Brett Young attended the AustLii function in support of making Victoria a model jurisdiction for access to law in Australia.

Legal research prize

Mr Brett Young attended an LIV-sponsored prize-giving ceremony at the University of Melbourne for the top-ranked legal research student for 2011.

New lawyers welcomed

Mr Holcroft gave the welcome speech for newly admitted lawyers in a ceremony at the Supreme Court Library. Mr Brett Young also attended.

US view

Mr Brett Young was a guest of the US Consulate at a luncheon with US Professor Kenneth Mayer, who gave his assessment of the 2012 presidential election.

VWL awards

Mr Holcroft attended the fifth Women Lawyers Achievement Awards held by Victorian Women Lawyers (VWL) and the Women Barristers’ Association. Australian Red Cross head of international law and principles Dr Helen Durham was guest speaker.

Walk for justice

Mr Holcroft participated in the Walk for Justice on National Pro Bono Day as part of Law Week.

Submissions

Submissions made by the LIV may be viewed at www.liv.asn.au/Membership/Practice-Sections.

Income tax assessment amendment

The LIV made a submission to the federal government in relation to the proposed amendment to Part IVA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936. In the submission the LIV recognised the merit in the government establishing an expert roundtable to discuss the amendments and recommended that any amendments proposed should be prospective in nature as the amendments are not merely clarifying the effect of Part IVA, but rather widening the scope of the legislation to cover steps within broad commercial arrangements and schemes that do not result in a measurable tax benefit.

Legislation creating IBAC

In a submission to the government, the LIV has noted further concerns in relation to Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) legislation. In the submission the LIV highlighted difficulties with a lack of definition of “serious corrupt conduct”, the structure and form of the legislation, and the proposed budget for the new body. The LIV confirms its support for the government’s goal of a robust anti-corruption body but does not believe the current legislation will be able to achieve this purpose.

Succession law evidence

Succession Law Committee chair Kathy Wilson and member Ian Morrison provided evidence at a public hearing of the Legal and Social Issues Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Wills Amendment (International Wills) Bill 2011. The LIV supports the principal objective of the Bill, but believes it will have limited practical application in Victoria. Further, the LIV believes that while the Bill purports to simplify international succession issues by establishing a new form of internationally recognised Will, in reality the new international Will creates new complexity depending on whether a country is a signatory and to what extent the terms of an international Will can dispose of the testator’s property in a signatory country.

LCA Submissions

The latest LCA submissions can be seen at www. lawcouncil.asn.au/submissions.html.

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