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Find an overview of the key elements needed to start a successful practice and handy checklists to get you started.

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Meet the challenges of running a practice head-on with this detailed list of resources, support systems and checklists.

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Browse the full list of support lines and resources the LIV provides to help members manage their practices successfully and ethically.

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Managing Your Legal Practice

Practice Support 

Thousands of LIV members are sole practitioners or lawyers working in small boutique practices throughout Melbourne and greater Victoria. We understand the challenges that face lawyers in the rapidly changing legal environment, particularly now that the Legal Profession Uniform Law changes have been implemented.

In order to support you, the LIV has various phone support lines to help you at various stages of starting and managing your law practice.

LIV members can call the LIV's Practice Support Line on 03 9607 9378 to receive guidance on:

  • starting, managing and closing a legal practice
  • the Legal Profession Uniform Law requirements
  • property law
  • succession law
  • powers of attorney
  • day-to-day practice issues.

Speak to one of our representatives between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Members can also access various other phone support lines with regard to other issues in your practice including:

  • CPD Compliance – 03 9607 9328
  • Costing – 03 9607 9403
  • Ethics – 03 9607 9336

Ethics Guidance

Receive assistance understanding your ethical obligations by calling the LIV's Ethics Support Line on (03) 9607 9336. For additional ethics guidance, please click here.

COVID-19 Information Hub

The LIV's Information Hub is the one-stop source of up-to-date information for the legal profession on LIV services, contingency planning resouces, the latest from key legal stakeholders (including VLSB+C, VLA, LPLC and government bodies) and updates from state and federal courts.


The information in these pages is intended to be a general guide only. The information is not intended to constitute professional or legal advice, and you should rely on your own inquiries and assessment. The Law Institute of Victoria expressly disclaims any and all liability for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information in these pages.

The Legal Profession Uniform Law gives broad (but not unlimited) powers to the regulatory authorities. If a conversation with the Ethics Line becomes relevant to the subject matter of a complaint, and the regulator approaches the LIV and requests our records or information about that conversation, the Uniform Law expressly abrogates the protection of privilege and confidentiality: s466(1)(d) and (2). The LIV, like anyone else (including other lawyers), may be called upon to hand over documents or information in the course of an investigation. The information will not be protected by privilege if that happens.


  • COVID-19 Information for the legal profession

    The LIV is committed to providing continued support and services for the profession. Visit our one-stop Information Hub for up-to-date information on our services, the latest information for the profession and from the courts along with resources for contingency planning.

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  • November–March CPD Program

    To maximise flexibility and support you in fulfilling your CPD requirements, the LIV has expanded our usual February and March CPD program to begin November 2020.

    Click below to learn more about the two-part digital program.

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  • Find Your Lawyer Referral Service

    The Find Your Lawyer service averages 3500 phone and online requests per month and is a great way to build your client base. Referrals are supplied by area of law, geographic location and preferred language to ensure client-practice compatibility.

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  • LIV Practice Management Course

    This course has been expertly designed to provide the essential business and financial knowledge and skills to help lawyers transition to principal of their own practice or move into partnership.

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  • Jobs Portal

    In need of a locum? Advertise your job here. Looking for work? Browse through adverts and find your next opportunity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I find a compliant Solicitor’s Certificate?

    Rule 11 of the Legal Profession Uniform Legal Practice (Solicitors) Rules 2015 is headed “Loan and security documents” and stipulates the requirements where a solicitor is engaged to give advice to a borrower or guarantor (both terms are defined in the rule), and to give evidence of the advice. You can find a copy of the certificate on the Uniform Law resources page.

  • Do I need to provide an acknowledgement of advice form if acting for more than one party in the same/related matter?

    When you act for more than one party in the same or related matters, it is vitally important that you read rule 11 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules 2015 (Conduct Rules). There is a useful commentary on rule 11 in the Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules 2011 and Commentary (LCA commentary), available here.

    While the Conduct Rules no longer provide a suggested acknowledgment of advice form, previously described as a form 1 “Acknowledgement in accordance with Rule 8.5” and inserted as a schedule to the Professional Conduct and Practice Rules 2005), the LIV is developing a new template “consent” form which should be available in 2016. In the meantime, it is recommended that you carefully read rule 11 and its commentary and follow the requirements for obtaining client consent as suggested in the LCA commentary.

  • From what date do the new Verification of Identity laws apply?

    The Registrar’s requirement to verify the identity and authority (‘right to deal’) of clients applies to instruments dated on or after 9 November 2015. The LIV has produced a Verification of Identity Checklist for use in both paper and electronic conveyancing transactions.

  • What registers must my law practice keep record of?

    A law practice must record specified details and maintain registers of:

    • files opened
    • safe custody documents (Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015 r 93)
    • financial interests (Note 1, above r 94).