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LIJ June 2005

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Cover Story

A new Act to follow: The Legal Profession Act 2004
The Legal Profession Act 2004 introduces a raft of changes to the way Victorian lawyers are defined, regulated and expected to manage their affairs.


Feature Articles

Constricting confidentiality - New rules for welfare reports in the Family Court
New rules governing expert witnesses in the Family Court are likely to have the unfortunate consequence of restricting the ability of child’s representatives and report writers to openly and confidentially discuss children’s cases.

By Alan Splatt

Growing small business – the Office of the Small Business Commissioner
Two years on, the Office of the Small Business Commissioner has made significant inroads into promoting a competitive and fair operating environment for small business in Victoria.

By Lisa Mainelli

Selling the Retail Leases Act 2003
The Retail Leases Act 2003, which commenced operation on 1 May 2003, provided a revised system of regulation for retail leases. Last month’s article looked at leases under the new Act, while this month, Part II looks at landlords’ obligations, unconscionable conduct and dealing with disputes.

By Michael Gronow

Shielding advocates from suit
The High Court has recently confirmed the immunity of barristers and solicitors for work in court and out of court which is intimately connected to the conduct of a case in court.

By Nicholas Frenkel

Show them the money: New costs disclosure requirements under the Legal Profession Act 2004
Law practices must ensure their costs disclosure letters are updated to comply with the provisions of the new Legal Profession Act 2004.

By Cate Dealehr

What’s bugging you? Increased interception and surveillance powers and the impact on privacy
Amendments to the telecommunications interception legislation and the introduction of surveillance laws have made it easier for police and other government authorities to access the contents of electronic communications.

By Julie de Rooy


Publications Department

(for LIJ (Law Institute Journal) and LIV Directory and Diary inquiries only) Tel:(61 3) 9607 9319 Fax:(61 3) 9607 9451 Email: Managing editor: Carolyn Ford. Sub-editor/publications coordinator: Mary Kerley. Journalist: Karin Derkley. Sub-editor/proofreader: Libby Brown. Art director: Katherine Alexander. Editorial & administrative assistant: Sophie Suelzle. Advertising: Lisa Crowle.


Editorial committee

Chair: Gerry Bean Members:  Tony Burke, Geoff Gronow, Melissa Macken, Chris Molnar, Cameron Ross and Carolyn Ford.


Editorial policy

All contributions and letters to the editor to be addressed to: Managing editor, Carolyn Ford, Law Institute of Victoria Ltd, GPO Box 263, Melbourne 3001. Tel: (61 3) 9607 9319. Mob: 0406 004 935. Fax: (61 3) 9607 9451. Email: Views expressed by contributors are not necessarily endorsed by the Law Institute of Victoria. No responsibility is accepted by the Institute, the editor or the printers for the accuracy of information contained in the text and advertisements.

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