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LIV Membership – Latest Updates, COVID-19

Fee reduction announced for 2020-21 membership year

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the LIV has reduced its annual membership fee for the 2020-2021 membership year for all full fee-paying members to $99, including GST. This represents a reduction in excess of 80 per cent from the current annual fee for full practising members of $515, including GST. Membership fees for Accredited Specialists and Affiliate members for 2020/21 will also be set at $99 including GST.

During the current COVID-19 crisis, the Law Institute of Victoria has been working with you and on your behalf to support the legal profession, now and into the future.

We are acutely aware of the impact the current COVID-19 crisis is having on our members and firms and are prepared to take extreme measures to support you and keep you engaged with us as we work through this crisis together.

We know that many of you are doing it tough, and while we cannot assist with your obligations for practising certificate fees, fidelity fund contributions and professional indemnity insurance, we can provide membership fee relief.

To assist you, the LIV Council has taken a considered and deliberate approach, taking into account the current environment and has endorsed a reduction for all full fee-paying members to $99 including GST in response to the COVID-19 crisis for the 2020-2021 membership year. This represents a reduction in excess of 80 per cent for full practising members.

Accredited Specialist and Affiliate membership fees will also be $99 including GST. Students are still free. All other LIV fees remain unchanged and at 2019-20 rates.

What does this mean for members?

We have reduced the annual membership fee for all Full Practising Members to $99 including GST, down from the current annual fee of $515 including GST. Membership fees for Accredited Specialists and Affiliate members for 2020/21 will also be set at $99 including GST.

This one-off reduction represents a support package in fee subsidies worth $4 million.

The discount is to acknowledge the extraordinary times we find ourselves in and will have no impact on our ability to maintain the level of service and support offered to members and the profession.

Members will still have access to all the programs we offer including ethics and practice support, the LIV library, bookshop, referral service, online learning and CPD and the latest information about the profession delivered daily through LawNews, social media and the Law Institute Journal.

Despite LIV employees working from home, support and services had been stepped up during the crisis. Conferences, the practice management course and Accredited Specialisation programs are now delivered online. A dedicated COVID-19 hub on the LIV website, a one-stop information resource for the legal profession including the Courts, has been established.

It is important to acknowledge that we cannot maintain our services and support and offer a drastically reduced membership fee without dipping into our reserves in the short term, however we are confident that the Council’s decision to do so will ease the financial burden on our members and allow you to concentrate on adapting to this new normal, from the current response phase through to preparedness for rebound and recovery.

More than ever before we are in a partnership with our almost 19,000 members.

We need to grow to be sustainable and we need your support.

We trust these considered steps the Council have taken will assist you to renew your membership and encourage others to join the LIV community.

2020-21 Membership Pricing 

Membership

 

2019

2020

Category

Type

Fee (inc GST)

Fee (inc GST)

Full Member

Firm

$515

$99

 

Corporate

$515

$99

 

Government

$515

$99

 

Legal Aid

$515

$99

 

New Solicitor

$365

$99

 

Honorary Member

Waived

 Waived

 

Community Legal Centre **per centre

$225

$99

Affiliate Member

Barrister

$315

$99

 

Judicial

$315

$99

 

Legal Practice Support

$315

$99

 

Other

$315

$99

 

Interstate Lawyer

$315

$99

 

Non-Practicing

$315

$99

 

Overseas Lawyer

$295

$90 (ex GST)

 

Retired

$225

$99

 

Graduate

$190

$99

Student

 

Complimentary

Complimentary

 

 

 

 

Additions to Membership

 

 

 

Mediators

 

$250

$250

Arbitrators

 

$250

$250

Accredited Specialists

 

$420

$99

Find Your Lawyer Referral Service

Sole practitioner

$420

$420

 

2 - 5 Partners

$630

$630

 

6+ Partners

$820

$820

Why be a member?

By renewing membership or joining the LIV, you:

  • Support your professional body in working for the sustainability of the legal profession
  • Stay connected with your peers
  • Access the latest information from the courts, government and regulators affecting your practice and the profession
  • Access LIV services including ethics, wellbeing and practice support, practice and trust consulting, CPD and online learning, daily updates, library services, the Accredited Specialists Program and the Legal Referral Service.

For those of you who are experiencing especially difficult times, we are also introducing a financial assistance policy and urge you to contact us if you cannot sustain your membership due to extreme circumstances.

If you have any questions about your membership renewal please contact us at membership@liv.asn.au.

Membership renewal notices will be sent to all current members in mid to late May 2020.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with your feedback, suggestions or issues.

Sam Pandya
President

Adam Awty
CEO

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