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Support Services & Resources

Costing

Guidance and information on costing inquiries.

E: costing@liv.asn.au.

Dispute Resolution and Mediation

Presidential appointments for mediation and dispute resolution, including property disputes and costing disputes.

T: 03 9607 9386

Ethical Guidance

Confidential ethics support and resources to assist lawyers in making informed decisions, including an Ethics Liaison group, guidelines and ruling updates, professional development workshops and an ethics advisory telephone line. 

T: 03 9607 9336
E: ethics@liv.asn.au

Ethics and Professional Practice

Practice Management (formerly the Practice Support Line): Ring for information regarding starting, managing and closing a legal practice, human resources, day to day practice issues and requirements and obligations under the Legal Profession Uniform Law.

Members Advisory Service: This members only service provides confidential advice and support to practising members in relation to disciplinary complaints received against individual members or their practice and partnership disputes. The service is funded for up to three billable hours per member.

Monday to Friday between 9am–5pm.

T:03 9607 9378

LIV members can benefit from participating in the Scheme by having their occupational liability capped, provided those members qualify under the Scheme. Find out more.

Find Your Lawyer Referral Service

The Find Your Lawyer Referral Service, which averages 3000 phone and online requests for lawyers per month, represents a great marketing opportunity for legal firms across Melbourne and regional Victoria. Find out more.

Judicial Commission of Victoria – Information for Legal Practitioners on Complaint Process

Information for legal practitioners about the Judicial Commission of Victoria and making a complaint about a judicial officer or non-judicial VCAT member is available here. The Law Institute of Victoria and the Bar Association can refer complaints on behalf of their members without disclosing the identity of the complainant. If you are a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and would like the Law Institute of Victoria, on your behalf, to refer to the Judicial Commission of Victoria a complaint against a judicial officer or non-judicial VCAT member, you may contact the President of the Law Institute of Victoria by telephone, email or in person to raise your concerns.

Law Books

Access legal texts, legal forms and reference materials to assist legal practices. LIV members receive a 10 per cent discount. Shop online.

T: 03 9607 9348
E: bookshop@liv.asn.au

LIV Library

Members can access online and print legal resources, a lending service, legal research and document delivery services, and practical workshops in legislation and case law research. Find out more.

T: 03 9607 9360
E: library@liv.asn.au

Mediation and Meeting Rooms

The LIV offers mediation and meeting rooms centrally located in the CBD, where you can conduct meetings, seminars, client conferences and working breakfasts or lunches. There are ISDN lines in most rooms, plus presentation and fax facilities, a photocopier and a waiting lounge. Find out more.

Practice Management Consultancy Service

Good practice management systems are essential for any law practice and support regulatory compliance, risk management and ongoing practice sustainability.

The Law Institute of Victoria recognises that even an experienced legal professional may need assistance throughout their legal practice journey to manage the day to day requirements of running a practice and complying with the Uniform Law.

The Practice Management Consultancy Service (PMConsult) is a new bespoke confidential service designed to assist practitioners to develop their practice and risk management skills and comply with the Uniform Law and Legal Profession Uniform Rules.

The service compliments the existing Practice Support Line and provides an additional layer of support via a one-on-one consultancy service which is designed to:

  • work with practitioners to strengthen areas of practice management
  • share good practice and identify strategies to mitigate practice risk
  • assist practitioners to develop a practice contingency or a succession plan
  • provide support to a practitioner struggling and in need of support
  • develop remedial action plans and a follow up program.

E: pmconsult@liv.asn.au

Professional Standards Scheme (Formerly the Limitation of Liability Scheme)

LIV members can benefit from participating in the Scheme by having their occupational liability capped, provided those members qualify under the Scheme. Find out more.

Technology and the Law Resources

A wide variety of resources, including the LIV cyber security checklists and key government websites can be found here.

Trust Accounting

Information on handling trust money and operating trust accounts, dealing with external examinations or audits, maintaining relevant forms and AUSTRAC compliance obligations.

T: 03 9607 9514

Trust Accounting Online Software

A simple solution to enhance effective practice management. The key features include secure website access with daily backup of data, complies with current legislation in your jurisdiction, access to reports and management of receipts. Find out more

Trust Consultancy Service

The Trust Consultancy Service (TrustConsult) is a new confidential service designed to support legal practitioners implement sound management practices, or validate existing practices, in the way trust money and trust records are handled. All in the knowledge that the Uniform Law and Legal Profession Uniform General Rules requirements are met.

The services range from a telephone help line to a one-on-one consultancy service with an experienced practitioner with significant expertise in trust management who can:

  • assess the adequacy of the law practices’ record keeping systems
  • provide guidance on areas of improvement for trust records management and procedures
  • assist a practice to streamline processes and strengthen internal controls based on their individual practice profile
  • where necessary, work with the practitioner to develop a remedial action plan.

E: trustconsult@liv.asn.au