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Scheme Application and Renewal

The Scheme provides an important framework for self-regulation by supporting eligible LIV members to reduce their exposure to complaints and claims in return for limiting liability.

Applying for Scheme Participation

The Scheme applies to:

  • All full members of the LIV who hold current practising certificates unless they are corporate or government legal practitioners, or are exempt
  • All incorporated legal practices that are LIV members.

The Scheme operates on a ‘one-in-all-in’ basis to limit liability in the event of a claim of contributory negligence or vicarious liability. Therefore, the LIV recommends that:

  • All legal practitioners (employees, partners and officers) with an Australian practising certificate participate; and
  • If the law practice is an incorporated legal practice, it and all officers and employees who hold an Australian practising certificate, and any associated incorporated legal practices (and their officers and employees) participate in the Scheme.

Please refer to the FAQs and Scheme Compliance Requirements section of the website for more information.

Forms

To participate in the Scheme you will need complete the Scheme Participation Form. If you are not already an LIV member you will also need to complete the Membership Application Form.

If there are staff changes, or an incorporated legal practice is created or dissolved during the Scheme membership period you must advise the LIV immediately by emailing membership@liv.asn.au.
2018/19 Scheme Participation Form
2018/19 Membership Application Form

Fees

Scheme fees are $167 for each Scheme participant. All fees are inclusive of GST.

From this amount, the Professional Standards Regulations 2007 require the LIV to pay an annual fee for each Scheme participant. Currently set at $50 for each participating member, this fee is payable in full, regardless of when participation in the Scheme commences.

Renewal Guide

A Scheme renewal notice will be sent along with LIV Membership renewal notices in May each year. To facilitate your law practice’s reliance on the Scheme, all LIV membership and Scheme fees must be paid and all relevant forms returned prior to 1 July, being the commencement of the annual Scheme participation period (1 July to 30 June). Specifically, you will need to ensure:

  • LIV membership fees are paid for each practising employee*
  • Scheme fees are paid for each practising employee*
  • Scheme fees are paid for each incorporated legal practice^
  • A Scheme participation form is completed for any new practitioners and/or entities*^

*employees holding a current Australian practising certificate
^only required if the entity is registered as an incorporated legal practice
*^who are not already participating in the Scheme

Further Information

Our Member Engagement team is available to assist if you have any questions about LIV membership or Scheme participation, and can be contacted at membership@liv.asn.au or 03 9607 9470.

 

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