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Property and Environmental Law Section

The LIV has a Property and Environmental Law Section. The Section’s objectives are:

  • to promote and stimulate the interest and participation in the affairs of the Section of the persons who practice, research or have an interest in property law, leasing law, environmental law, planning law, local government law, liquor law, gaming law, hospitality law and related and complementary areas
  • to develop, promote, support and conduct continuing education programs to and for LIV members and the community in relation to the areas of law referred to above
  • to conduct research and to assist and advise members of the LIV, municipal councils, government and other persons on all matters including legislation relating to the areas referred to above
  • to print and publish such newspapers, periodicals, bulletins, books or leaflets that the Section thinks desirable for the promotion of its objectives
  • to affiliate with any other body or organisation having objectives similar in whole or part to those of the Section

How to join the Property and Environmental Law Section

All LIV members are entitled to join the Property and Environmental Law Section.

This can be done by logging into the LIV website (using your user name and password), clicking on the tab at the top of the page which has your name on it, then at the top of the page selecting the ‘My LIV Profile’ tab and clicking on ‘Membership’ from the dropdown options.

You will then be able to join the Section by selecting the “Property and Environmental Law” option and then clicking ‘save’ at the bottom of the page.

By joining the Property and Environmental Law Section, you will receive tailored information regarding property law and the activities of the Property and Environmental Law Section, as well as being able to attend and vote at the Property and Environmental Law Section AGM. Joining the Property and Environmental Law Section is also a prerequisite for joining any of the Section’s committees. For information regarding the Section’s committees, please see below.

Section Committees

The Property and Environmental Law Section currently has the following sub-committees:

  • Executive Committee
  • Environmental Issues Committee
  • Leases Committee
  • Liquor, Gaming and Hospitality Law Committee
  • Planning and Local Government Committee
  • Property Law Committee
  • Property Law Dispute Resolution Committee

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee sets the overall agenda and policy direction for the Property and Environmental Law Section and all Section sub-committees.

  • Section Chair and Chair of Executive Committee: David McKenzie
  • Section Deputy Chair: Jamie Bedelis
  • Council Liaison: Simon Libbis

Environmental Issues Committee

The Environmental Issues Committee meets to discuss issues relating to environmental law. The Committee's objectives are:

  • to inform members on a range of environmental issues
  • to provide comments on developing environmental policy and legislation
  • to comment on legal issues

Chair: Hubert Algie

Leases Committee

The Leases Committee meets to discuss issues relating to leasing law. The Committee's objectives are:

  • to continue to be the Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria in which the LIV’s leasing experience and expertise reside
  • to provide information and continuing education to members of the LIV in relation to leasing issues and developments by means of seminars, articles and direct response to enquiries
  • to provide a forum for discussion of current leasing issues and developments by members of the Committee
  • to prepare submissions to government in relation to existing or draft legislation and court decisions involving landlord and tenant issues

Chair: Malwina Peacock

Liquor, Gaming and Hospitality Law Committee

The Liquor, Gaming and Hospitality Law Committee focuses on areas of the law relating to liquor, leisure and hospitality. The Committee's objectives are:

  • to provide a forum to consider and workshop areas of the law affecting the liquor, gaming and sports industries in particular, and generally, issues relating to leisure and hospitality
  • to provide a framework for the dissemination of information and for continuing education to practitioners on legal issues impacting on leisure and hospitality enterprises by means of seminars, articles and direct response to enquiries
  • to prepare submissions to government in relation to existing or draft legislation and court decisions affecting areas of the law in which Committee members have a practice involvement
  • to attract to the Committee, practitioners experienced capable of initiating and responding to leisure and hospitality law reform

Chair: Paul Ryan

Planning and Local Government Committee

The Planning and Local Government Committee focuses on areas of law relating to planning and local government. The Committee's objectives are:

  • to initiate and respond to planning and local government law reform
  • to update LIV members on current planning and local government law issues and to stimulate debate amongst members about those issues, including, by inviting guest speakers to Committee meetings
  • to liaise with relevant government departments, courts and tribunals, municipalities and other organisations about subjects pertinent to planning and local government law practitioners
  • to assist in the development of continuing professional development events
  • to contribute articles of interest to the Law Institute Journal

Co-chairs: Reto Hoffman and Joseph Monaghan

Property Law Committee

The Property Law Committee focuses on specific issues and projects relating to property law. The Committee's objectives are:

  • to initiate and respond to property law reform
  • to update LIV members on current property law issues and to stimulate debate amongst members about those issues
  • to respond to government departments and stakeholders about subjects pertinent to property law practitioners
  • to assist in the development of continuing professional development events for practitioners

Chair: Michael Dowling
Deputy Chair: Kathryn Elleman

Property Law Dispute Resolution Committee

The objective of this Committee is to provide an efficient, speedy and cost-effective avenue for resolution of property law disputes.

Chair: Frank Lynch

How to get involved in a committee

All committee members must be members of the Property and Environmental Law Section. For information about how to join the Section see above.

For further information about joining a committee, please email pels@liv.asn.au.

More information

Email pels@liv.asn.au.