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The LIV offers Accredited Specialisation across 16 legal areas. Set yourself apart as an expert in your field and become an Accredited Specialist.

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Ensure you are meeting your ongoing requirements, learn about professional development available, and discover how to make the most of your exclusive status.

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Learn more about what constitutes Accredited Specialisation professional development and our leading Accredited Specialists Breakfast with the Experts series.

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About Accredited Specialisation

The Accredited Specialisation program has operated for more than 25 years and has accredited more than 1100 specialists across 16 areas of law. LIV Accredited Specialisation sets you apart as an expert in your field, providing a definitive mark of excellence for peers and clients.

Mark of excellence

Accredited Specialisation is a significant achievement, providing practitioners with the opportunity to:

  • Attain a higher level of competence and specialist skills
  • Enhance career development and opportunities
  • Achieve greater recognition among peers
  • Promote their expertise in a particular area of law
  • Differentiate themselves from others practising in a specialty area
  • Increase referral work from the public and peers.

National Accreditation

Since the LIV introduced the Accredited Specialisation program in 1989, law societies in other states have followed suit. Family law, immigration law, mediation and tax law are currently offered on a national basis, with workplace relations building strength on a national level.

The Specialisation Board supports accreditation on a national scale by sharing information and resources and seeking common ground on policy and procedural matters. The LIV maintains a leadership role in the accreditation of interstate specialists – and the law societies Victoria has a relationship with.

Mutual Recognition

The mutual recognition scheme has been developed by the law societies in each state to assist practitioners who wish to have their specialist accreditation gained in one state recognised in another state. You may be moving interstate or your firm may deal with clients from both states. For more information about conditions for recognition and fees, please view the Mutual Recognition Fact Sheet.

Credit Pathways

Current and aspiring accredited specialists may be interested in the reciprocal credit pathways recently introduced between the Specialisation Board and some Victorian universities and other tertiary institutions. The credit pathways are offered at a Master level both for accredited specialists commencing a Master of Laws (LLM) and LLM graduates commencing the Accredited Specialisation program. More information is below in the FAQs.

Contact

If you have any questions about our Accredited Specialisation program, or want to know more about upcoming activities and events for accredited specialists, please contact the Accredited Specialisation department at:

T: 03 9607 9460
E: special@liv.asn.au

 

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  • Upcoming Accredited Specialisation Events

    Find more information about upcoming Accredited Specialisation information sessions, professional development opportunities and other various programs and events specifically designed for Accredited Specialists.



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  • Accredited Specialists Breakfast with the Experts – Wills & Estates

    Share your breakfast with barrister, Dr Phillip Bender as he examines the intricacies around tracing missing or misapplied estate or trust assets.

    Thu 30 May - 07:30 AM
    LIV Members' Floor

    Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne

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  • Accredited Specialisation: Hypothetically Speaking – Families, death and taxes

    Join fellow Family Law and Wills and Estate Planning Accredited Specialists for an interactive and in-depth session designed to illustrate the interplay between these two areas of practice.

    Wed 26 Jun - 05:00 PM
    LIV Members' Floor

    Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne

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  • Accredited Specialists Breakfast with the Experts – Business Law & Commercial Litigation

    Join PPSA experts, Lionel Meehan and Graeme Scott as they explore the technical issues that can arise when dealing with the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth).

    Thu 27 Jun - 07:30 AM
    LIV Members' Floor

    Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne

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