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LIV President's Blog
May 12, 2011

LIV Tackles Regional Issues

The monthly LIV Council meeting will be held in Ballarat this evening in conjunction with the Ballarat and District Law Association. Our agenda includes updates on a number of issues of interest to our country members: the limitation of liability scheme; our rural, regional and remote areas project to attract and retain practitioners in country areas; a proposal to expand our Green Practice Project to include a regional element with continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation; a proposed succession planning program and progress on our disability action plan.
 
 
Council will also hear about a proposal that from 1 November 2011 Land Victoria will no longer accept cheques as a payment method to the Water Registrar.
 
Many members will recall that the LIV successfully lobbied on your behalf last year when Land Victoria proposed to stop accepting cheque payments. We have been negotiating with Land Victoria about its proposed new payment system and emphasised that payment methods should be the same for Land Victoria and the Victorian Water Registry.
 
Further details will be available from the Property and Environmental Law section of our website shortly, and member feedback is invited.
 
After the Council meeting, I will be flying overseas. I will be meeting with the Hong Kong Law Society to further our relationship and discuss the memorandum of understanding our two organisations signed in 2009. We will discuss mutual CPD events, and our accredited specialists program. We are also proposing sharing information resources, including website access.
 
I am also visiting the Guangdong Law Association and discussing professional development training. I will address them on Australia’s family law system and, in particular, our work in establishing and promoting collaborative practice for separating couples.
 
On 25 and 26 May I will be representing the LIV at the 6th Annual IBA Bar Leaders’ Conference in Warsaw, Poland. Topics include our role in upholding the rule of law, the role of lawyers in speaking out against extraordinary rendition, electronic communication in courts and the influence of the internet and media on court proceedings.
 
In my absence, Michael Holcroft will be acting president.  
 
 
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