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LIJ May 2013

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Cover Story

Still not a court: Limitations to VCAT's expanded jurisdiction

The new Australian Consumer Law and the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 have augmented VCAT's jurisdiction. However, practitioners should be alert to its remaining limitations. 

By Michael King


Feature Articles

Disability rights lack of respect is seriously wrong


Disability rights lack of respect is seriously wrong

Failure by carers to treat persons with disabilities with dignity and respect, and in accordance with their human rights, is serious misconduct and clear grounds for dismissal.

By Brendan Murray

Getting  the right advice: Lawyer or tax agent?


Getting the right advice: Lawyer or tax agent?
Lawyers who act on the advice of their client's tax agent can end up in hot water if the tax agent's advice was actually legal advice.

By Bernard Marks

Litigation funding hits a snag


Litigation funding hits a snag
We are no further advanced in litigation funding laws than we were in 2006, when the High Court handed down the Fostif decision.

By Jamie Richardson and Steven Foale

The cost of making a choice


The cost of making a choice
Offers of compromise are an important strategic tool in litigation. In formulating an offer of compromise, lawyers face the difficult choice of making an offer under the rules of court or a Calderbank offer.

By Richard Vinciullo

When trust turns to dust


When trust turns to dust

The breakdown of a relationship between a trustee and a beneficiary can lead to arrangements for the trustee to accumulate its liability for unpaid present entitlements being ended by the beneficiary.

By Ralph Greenberger


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Editorial committee

Chair: Gerry Bean Members:  Tony Burke, Geoff Gronow, Melissa Macken, Chris Molnar, Cameron Ross and Carolyn Ford.


Editorial policy

All contributions and letters to the editor to be addressed to: Managing editor, Carolyn Ford, Law Institute of Victoria Ltd, GPO Box 263, Melbourne 3001. Tel: (61 3) 9607 9319. Mob: 0406 004 935. Fax: (61 3) 9607 9451. Email: Views expressed by contributors are not necessarily endorsed by the Law Institute of Victoria. No responsibility is accepted by the Institute, the editor or the printers for the accuracy of information contained in the text and advertisements.

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