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Council update

Every Issue

Cite as: September 2015 89 (9) LIJ, p.87

The LIV Council meets each month to consider issues of importance to members, the legal profession and the community.

At the 16 July meeting, legalsuper CEO Andrew Proebstl and legalsuper chairman David Miles addressed Council on proposed government reforms for the superannuation industry, key results for legalsuper to 30 June 2015, legalsuper’s strategy for investment, and recent research on mental health in the legal profession.

Legalsuper is an industry super fund for the legal community. The LIV and the NSW Law Society are joint shareholders of Legal Super Pty Ltd, the Trustee of legalsuper. Legalsuper has more than 42,000 members – 42 per cent Victorian – and 7923 employers – 37 per cent Victorian – and $2.6 billion under management. Legalsuper noted that mental health is a growing causal factor in insurance claims lodged with legalsuper. In 2015 it commissioned a research study by EY Sweeney to gain insight into the views and experiences of members and employers with mental health issues. Legalsuper is working with SANE Australia to formulate a mental health program.

Disability Action Plan

The six-month report of the LIV’s Disability Action Plan 2014-17 was noted. The report tracks the progress that each department has made. The first deadline for the completion of initiatives is the end of 2015.

Casual vacancies

Council considered the two casual vacancies that were created when Misty Royce and Jing Zhu resigned as directors in June and July respectively. The positions have been advertised in LawNews, the daily email to members. The temporary appointments are until 31 December 2015.

LIV AGM

Notice is given that the annual general meeting of the LIV will be held on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 at 6pm at the LIV.

The AGM will deal with ordinary business including to:

  • approve the minutes of the preceding AGM held on Wednesday, 19 November 2014;
  • receive the annual report and accounts of the LIV for the year ending 30 June 2015;
  • declare the names of people elected as president, president-elect and vice president for the 2015 calendar year;
  • declare the names of people elected as Council members.
  • The AGM will also deal with any special business including amendments to the LIV Constitution.

    A full member may request a resolution be considered at the AGM subject to the resolution being for a proper purpose in accordance with the Corporations Act and subject to the following provisions:

  • a written statement is signed by the full member stating the resolution(s) to be considered; and;
  • an explanatory memorandum and material (which must not be defamatory) of no more than 1000 words is included to be sent to members.
  • The deadline for any items of special business is 5pm Wednesday, 16 September 2015.

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