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Member Benefits Tailored to Lawyers Working in Private Practice

Reach your full potential and achieve your career goals by becoming a member of the LIV. Membership unlocks access to a range of professional and personal supports, members-only discounts and invitations to networking and social events. Furthermore, we offer tailored professional development programs and pathways to specialisation. Whether you’re a sole practitioner or practice in a firm, we provide our members with the necessary tools to create a stimulating career for life.

 

Supporting Small and Sole Practice

Resources, research and support
Resources, Research and Support

  • Build your client base through the Find Your Lawyer referral service. This service, which averages 3300 phone and online requests per month, supplies referrals by area of law, geographic location and preferred language to ensure client/practice compatibility.
  • Professionally support your legal costing requirements with personalised and compliant costing solutions provided by our LIV Costs Lawyers service.
  • Access Uniform Law trust accounting compliance support and receive discounts on the online LIV Trust Accounting Software.
  • Benefit from professional and practice risk management resources for principals and directors, such as the LIV Practice Management Course, assessed and approved by the VLSB+C.
  • Eligible members can participate in the Professional Standards Scheme, a statutory regime that helps manage professional and practice risks, minimise exposure to disciplinary complaints and professional negligence claims, and limit damages liability.
  • Access the LIV Library's extensive resources, books and online legal databases, including HeinOnline, LexisNexis, RED, e-books and AGIS+ Text. Take advantage of the library’s mail out, custom research and document supply services.
  • Receive a 10 per cent discount on legal texts, books and forms purchased from the LIV Law Books website and bookshop.
  • Access state-of-the-art mediation and meeting rooms at the LIV’s new members’ facilities, located in Melbourne’s legal district. The first hour is free to members; subsequent hours are available at a discounted member rate.
  • Gain priority access to Victorian prisons and the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court (via a priority queue from 8.45-9.15am) with your exclusive LIV Criminal Law Card.
  • Highly regarded as a symbol of respect and excellence, display the LIV member logo to showcase your membership to the sector’s leading professional organisation.
  • Enjoy a range of exclusive offers and discounts from our partner organisations, including Australian Unity Health Cover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, MCP Lawyer’s Life, OPSM, Qantas, RACV and Virgin Australia through our LIV Advantage program.

Critical news and information
Critical News and Information

  • Stay informed of the latest legal updates with the LIV’s members-only daily LawNews email, featuring a curated list of valuable news articles from respected publications such as The Age and AFR.
  • Receive a complimentary subscription to LIV’s award-winning Law Institute Journal and gain access to special features, important news, insights on courts and judgements and information to support your practice.
  • Unlock exclusive members-only content on the LIV’s website.
  • Join the social media conversation and follow the LIV’s Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts for immediate updates on timely legal topics.

Ethics and professional practice
Ethics and Professional Practice

  • Resolve ethics queries via the LIV Ethics Line and through rulings by the LIV Ethics Committee.
  • Draw on the expertise of a Member Advisory Service panel member and receive up to three free hours of expert advice on disciplinary complaints.
  • Receive guidance on starting, managing or closing a practice, as well as day-to-day practice issues by calling our Practice Support Line.

Education, networking and career development
Education, Networking and Career Development

  • Receive members discounts on LIV Education programs, conferences, masterclasses and other training opportunities to advance professional development, keep abreast of legislative updates and fulfil your annual CPD requirements. Additionally, members can keep track of their CDP points with ease with our Online Tracker Tool.
  • Fulfil your annual CPD ethics requirement with complimentary access to the LIVing Ethics online video, which demonstrates best practice solutions to common ethical dilemmas.
  • Enjoy opportunities to engage with other industry leaders through invitations to professional networking and social events, including the Victorian Legal Awards, Legal Fun Run and Members Christmas Party.
  • Take advantage of a discounted rate on the LIV Practice Management Course, expertly designed to help lawyers develop essential business, financial and risk management skills before transitioning to principal, partnership or ILP director roles.

Accredited Specialisation
Accredited Specialisation

  • Become an LIV Accredited Specialist and gain recognition from both your peers and the public as an expert in your field. Specialisation also offers access to the Accredited Specialist professional development program to help you stay on top of developments in your area.

Wellbeing and personal development
Wellbeing and Personal Development

  • Support your mental wellbeing and take advantage of 24/7 access confidential support and counselling services offered through our member Employee Assistance Program. Services are delivered online, over the phone or face-to-face.
  • Tap into the LIV's mentoring program and receive personalised career guidance and support from experienced practitioners and members of the judiciary, as well as the opportunity to take part in an informal member-to-member mentor service. Alternatively, share your professional experience and become a mentor.

Advocacy and influence
Advocacy and Influence

  • Play a leading role in LIV committees and working groups to help shape LIV policy, influence state and federal policy, and improve outcomes for the legal profession.
  • Grow your professional profile by presenting at one of the LIV’s professional development programs.
  • Contribute to the LIV’s communication channels, such as the Law Institute Journal, LIV website and LIV social media.

Supporting Medium and Large Firms

Resources, research and support
Resources, Research and Support

  • Highly regarded as a symbol of respect and excellence, display the LIV member logo to showcase your membership to the sector’s leading professional organisation.
  • Access the LIV Library's extensive resources, books and online legal databases, including HeinOnline, LexisNexis, RED, e-books and AGIS+ Text. Take advantage of the library’s mail out, custom research and document supply services.
  • Receive a 10 per cent discount on legal texts, books and forms purchased from the LIV Law Books website and bookshop.
  • Broaden your reach and drive new clients to your practice through use of the Find Your Lawyer referral service.
  • Eligible members can participate in the Professional Standards Scheme, a statutory regime that helps manage professional and practice risks, minimise exposure to disciplinary complaints and professional negligence claims, and limit damages liability.
  • Professionally support your legal costing requirements with personalised and compliant costing solutions provided by our LIV Costs Lawyers service.
  • Access Uniform Law trust accounting compliance support and receive discounts on the online LIV Trust Accounting Software.
  • Benefit from professional and practice risk management resources for principals and directors, such as the LIV Practice Management Course, assessed and approved by the VLSB+C.
  • Access state-of-the-art mediation and meeting rooms at the LIV’s new members’ facilities, located in Melbourne’s legal district. The first hour is free to members; subsequent hours are available at a discounted member rate.
  • Enjoy a range of exclusive offers and discounts from our partner organisations, including Australian Unity Health Cover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, MCP Lawyer’s Life, OPSM, Qantas, RACV and Virgin Australia through our LIV Advantage program.

Ethics and professional practice
Ethics and Professional Practice

  • Resolve your ethics queries via the LIV Ethics Line and through rulings by the LIV Ethics Committee.
  • Draw on the expertise of a Member Advisory Service panel member and receive up to three free hours of expert advice on disciplinary complaints.
  • Receive guidance on starting, managing or closing a practice, as well as day-to-day practice issues by calling our Practice Support Line.

Critical news and information
Critical News and Information

  • Stay informed of the latest legal updates with the LIV’s members-only daily LawNews email, featuring a curated list of valuable news articles from respected publications such as The Age and AFR.
  • Receive a complimentary subscription to LIV’s award-winning Law Institute Journal and gain access to special features, important news, insights on courts and judgements and information to support your practice.
  • Unlock exclusive members-only content on the LIV’s website.
  • Join the social media conversation and follow the LIV’s Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts for immediate updates on timely legal topics.

Wellbeing and personal development
Wellbeing and Personal Development

  • Support your mental wellbeing and take advantage of 24/7 access confidential support and counselling services offered through our member Employee Assistance Program. Services are delivered online, over the phone or face-to-face.
  • Tap into the LIV's mentoring program and receive personalised career guidance and support from experienced practitioners and members of the judiciary, as well as the opportunity to take part in an informal member-to-member mentor service. Alternatively, share your professional experience and become a mentor.

Education, networking and career development
Education, Networking and Career Development

  • Receive members discounts on LIV Education programs, conferences, masterclasses and other training opportunities to advance professional development, keep abreast of legislative updates and fulfil your annual CPD requirements. Additionally, members can keep track of their CDP points with ease with our Online Tracker Tool.
  • Fulfil your annual CPD ethics requirement with complimentary access to the LIVing Ethics online video, which demonstrates best practice solutions to common ethical dilemmas.
  • Fast forward your career with the LIV Academy Series. Designed for lawyers with three to five years’ post-admission experience, the series helps build your skills and can put you on the path to Accredited Specialisation.
  • Enjoy opportunities to engage with other industry leaders through invitations to professional networking and social events, including the Victorian Legal Awards, Legal Fun Run and Members Christmas Party.
  • Take advantage of a discounted rate on the LIV Practice Management Course, expertly designed to help lawyers develop essential business, financial and risk management skills before transitioning to principal, partnership or ILP director roles.

Accredited Specialisation
Accredited Specialisation

  • Become an LIV Accredited Specialist and gain recognition from both your peers and the public as an expert in your field. Specialisation also offers access to the Accredited Specialist professional development program to help you stay on top of developments in your area.

Advocacy and influence
Advocacy and Influence

  • Join LIV committees and working groups to build skills, advocate for important issues, help shape LIV policy and influence state and federal legislation.
  • Grow your professional profile by presenting at one of the LIV’s professional development programs or contributing to the LIV’s news channels, such as the Law Institute Journal, LIV website and LIV social media.

 

Further Information

If you have any further questions about LIV membership, please contact our membership team at membership@liv.asn.au or 03 9607 9470.