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Practice Sections, Committees, Working Groups and Taskforces

 

LIV Council's Diversity Committee

LIVWominjeka

LIV Council's Reconciliation Action Plan Oversight Committee

Sports Law Interest Group

Technology and the Law Committee

Privacy Working Group

Administrative Law & Human Rights Section

Collaborative Practice Section

Commercial Law Section

Cost Law Section

Criminal Law Section

Elder Law Section

Family Law Section

Government Lawyers Section

International Law Section

Litigation Lawyers Section

Property and Environmental Law Section

Succession Law Section

Workplace Relations Section

LIV Council's Diversity Committee

LIVOut

LIVOut is the LIV's LGBTIQ network, established in 2013 under the umbrella of the Diversity Committee. The network aims to increase the profile and engagement of LIV members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer; contribute to law reform and the provision of competent and effective service on issues concerning individuals who identify as LGBTIQ; as well as provide networking and mentoring opportunities for LIV members who identify as LGBTIQ. For more information, or to inquire about joining LIVOut, please contact ALHRSection@liv.asn.au.

Co-Chairs: Olivia Cox and Ashleigh Bagnall

LIV Council's Reconciliation Action Plan Oversight Committee

The purpose of the LIV RAP Oversight Committee is to:

  • monitor and evaluate implementation of the LIV RAP and report on progress to LIV Council and Reconciliation Australia
  • provide guidance on LIV's reconciliation activities and dealings with members and partner organisations, to ensure that LIV is working with, and not for, the Victorian Indigenous community
  • contribute to an annual review of the LIV RAP by providing feedback and facilitating information sharing between LIV departments, sections, committees and partner organisations
  • foster community support for the LIV RAP to ensure the sustainability of LIV's reconciliation activities.

RAP Oversight Committee members are appointed for a 12 month term at the discretion of the LIV President, having regard to the need to ensure adequate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and LIV members.

The LIV RAP is built from the ideas and initiatives of Aboriginal People. It identifies those things that we, as a profession, can do in three core areas – “Education to Qualification”, “Access to Justice” and “Recognition and Respect”. These core areas are expressed in Reconciliation Australia's pillars of “Respect”, “Relationships” and “Opportunity”, and present three distinct “reconciliation pathways” for the legal profession in Victoria.

The LIV vision for reconciliation is to have a legal profession that recognises, respects and values Indigenous culture and actively includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ranks of the profession. Our vision recognises diversity to achieve “common unity” between the legal and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The initiatives contained in the RAP are designed to be practical and many can be personally achieved by individuals within firms. Although the actions are internal to the LIV as an organisation, most are initiatives that lawyers and law firms can incorporate into their own activities. The LIV encourages firms and legal organisation to use the LIV RAP as a framework to assist with the production of their own RAPs.

More Information

If you are interested in becoming a member of any of these LIV committees, please forward an expression of interest outlining your relevant experience and a current CV to ALHRSection@liv.asn.au.

Sports Law Interest Group

The Sports Law Interest Group provides opportunities for LIV members to connect and network with like-minded individuals who share an interest in and love for sport. This group promotes informative and educational discussion forums on current sporting issues, including issues regarding selection and policies, drug testing and doping violations, sports administration and regulation.

Technology and the Law Committee

The LIV Technology and the Law Committee is a Committee of LIV Council. The primary purpose and objectives of the LIV Technology and the Law Committee are to:

  • monitor and advise the LIV of issues and opportunities relating to technology and the law
  • educate the legal profession about the use, risks and benefit of technology to promote greater uptake and understanding of technology in legal practice

Co-Chairs: Hana Lee and Adam Wakeling

Council Liaison Representative: Brendan Lacota

How to Join

All LIV members are entitled to join the Technology and the Law Committee.

For further information about joining the committee, please email techandprivacy@liv.asn.au.

Administrative Law & Human Rights Section

Administrative Law & Human Rights Executive Committee

The Executive Committee sets the overall agenda and policy direction for the ALHR Section and all of the Section's sub-committees.

The Executive Committee meets six times per year and it's functions are to:

  • identify and address overarching and systemic administrative review, constitutional law and human rights issues, undertaking tasks such as submissions, articles, events, attendance at meetings or other associated outputs in collaboration with the sub-Committees
  • oversee work of the sub-Committees, identifying any gaps in the issues being addressed to be handled by the Executive or referred back to the sub-Committees and provide guidance on any matters relevant to their internal working and achieving the Section's objectives
  • communicate to the sub-Committees (through the sub-Committee chairs) any institutional matters to be noted or addressed at the sub-Committee level and report back on any matters addressed to LIV Council/Executive
  • promote the work and issues of the ALHR Section within and outside the LIV and ensure that the needs of the LIV users (members and community) are being met.

The Executive also oversees the Paul Baker Award.

The Committee meets six times a year.

Section Chair and Chair of Executive Committee: Lena Hung

Council Liaison Representative: Stuart Webb

How to Join

LIV members who are Section members can nominate to join the Executive Committee before the Annual AGM by lodging a nomination form (details of this process can be found in the Section by-laws). The Executive Committee has a maximum of 20 members at any time. 

If there are spaces available on the Executive Committee during the year you can apply to join by sending your resume and a short expression of interest to alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445. Your application will then be circulated to Committee members who then vote on all new applications. You will be advised of the outcome of the vote and, if successful, be sent details of the meetings.

To be eligible to apply to join the Committee, you need to be an LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV to contribute to submissions, present your ideas for new or existing initiatives/projects and take the opportunity to connect with your peers.

For more information please email alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445.

Administrative Review & Constitutional Law Sub-Committee

The Administrative Review & Constitutional Law Sub-Committee is part of the Administrative Law & Human Rights Section and reports to the Section's Executive Committee.

The Committee's general functions are to:

  • monitor developments and recommend reform options (for example, through submissions) in the areas of administrative law and constitutional law
  • strengthen relationships between the legal profession and the courts, tribunals, regulatory and administrative bodies, and government
  • initiate continuing professional development events which meet the needs of practitioners working in the areas of constitutional law or administrative law
  • promote within the legal and non-legal community the observance of constitutional and administrative law, and an appreciation for the rule of law.

Specifically, the Committee discusses constitutional issues and administrative law matters arising at VCAT and AAT. The Committee also monitors, comments upon and makes recommendations for change to laws, and prepares and makes submissions on administrative and constitutional law matters. 

The Committee meets six times a year. 

Chair: Mick Batskos

Council Liaison Representative: Stuart Webb

How to Join

To apply to join this Committee, please email alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445 with your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist,  the committee. 

Your resume and statement will then be circulated to the existing committee members who then vote on all new applications. You will be advised of the outcome of the vote and, if successful, be sent details of the meetings.

To be eligible to apply to join the Committee, you need to be an LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV to contribute to submissions, present your ideas for new or existing initiatives/projects and take the opportunity to connect with your peers.

For more information, please email alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445.

Disability Law Sub-Committee

The Disability Law Sub-Committee is part of the Administrative Law & Human Rights Section and reports to the Section's Executive Committee. 

The Committee is made up of private practitioners, lawyers with community legal services and government agencies with an interest in disability issues. Its work covers a broad range of issues, including discrimination against people with disabilities, mental health issues and guardianship matters. It initiates continuing legal education seminars, events and publications, and prepares and makes submissions on disability law issues.

The Committee meets six times a year. 

Co-Chairs: Robyn Mills and Phil Grano

How to Join

To apply to join this Committee, please email alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445 with your resume (please redact any information you do not want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist,  the committee. 

Your resume and statement will then be circulated to the existing committee members who then vote on all new applications. You will be advised of the outcome of the vote and, if successful, be sent details of the meetings.

To be eligible to apply to join the Committee, you need to be an LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV to contribute to submissions, present your ideas for new or existing initiatives/projects and take the opportunity to connect with your peers.

For more information, please email alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445.

Health Law Sub-Committee

The Health Law Sub-Committee is part of the Administrative Law & Human Rights Section and reports to the Section's Executive Committee. 

The main focus of the Committee is to provide a forum for discussion and networking opportunities for Committee members. The Committee initiates continuing legal education seminars, conferences and publications and prepares and makes submissions on health and medical law issues as well as arranging guest speakers for many of its meetings on health law issues.

The Committee meets four times a year. 

Chair: Stephen Taffe

Deputy Chair: Bill O'Shea

Council Liaison Representative: Stuart Webb

How to Join

To apply to join this Committee, please email alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445 with your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist,  the committee. 

Your resume and statement will then be circulated to the existing committee members who then vote on all new applications. You will be advised of the outcome of the vote and, if successful, be sent details of the meetings.

To be eligible to apply to join the Committee, you need to be an LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV to contribute to submissions, present your ideas for new or existing initiatives/projects and take the opportunity to connect with your peers.

For more information, please email alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445.

Human Rights Sub-Committee

The Human Rights Sub-Committee is part of the Administrative Law & Human Rights Section and reports to the Section's Executive Committee. 

The Human Rights Committee is made up of members who have an interest in the advancement of human rights law in Victoria. The Committee hosts human rights themed presentations at the LIV, reviews and draws comment on relevant legislation where appropriate and makes submissions on human rights issues. The Committee also monitors developments under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities and charter of rights issues around Australia and the world.

Due to the richness of experience of the membership of the Committee, there are also ongoing opportunities for members to influence or assist with each other's human rights based professional work. The Committee seeks to liaise with other stakeholder organisations to formulate opportunities for co-presentations or symposia on human rights issues. It also initiates continuing legal education seminars, events and publications on human rights matters.

The Committee meets six times a year. 

Chair: Jacinta Lewin

Deputy Chair: Olivia McMillan

How to Join

To apply to join this Committee, please email alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445 with your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist,  the committee. 

Your resume and statement will then be circulated to the existing committee members who then vote on all new applications. You will be advised of the outcome of the vote and, if successful, be sent details of the meetings.

To be eligible to apply to join the Committee, you need to be an LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV to contribute to submissions, present your ideas for new or existing initiatives/projects and take the opportunity to connect with your peers.

For more information, email alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445.

Reconciliation and Advancement Sub-Committee

The Reconciliation and Advancement Sub-Committee (formerly the Indigenous Issues and Reconciliation Committee) is part of the Administrative Law & Human Rights Section and reports to the Section's Executive Committee. 

The Reconciliation and Advancement Committee include Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal lawyers from a variety of different backgrounds and organisations. The aims of the Committee are to work in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in order to:

  • raise awareness among non-Aboriginal legal professionals about issues of a legal nature that impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and their history, culture and law
  • comment on proposals and reviews of a legal nature that impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • facilitate discussion about issues of a legal nature that impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders by organising forums and events
  • support increased participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the legal profession
  • develop policies and programs that aim to make justice more accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • contribute to the reconciliation process.

The Committee meets six times a year.

Chair: Michael Thorne

How to Join

To apply to join this Committee, please email ALHRSection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445 with your resume (please redact any information you do not want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist,  the committee. 

Your resume and statement will then be circulated to the existing committee members who then vote on all new applications. You will be advised of the outcome of the vote and, if successful, be sent details of the meetings.

To be eligible to apply to join the Committee, you need to be an LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV to contribute to submissions, present your ideas for new or existing initiatives/projects and take the opportunity to connect with your peers.

For more information, please email ALHRSection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445.

Migration Law Sub-Committee

The Migration Law Sub-Committee is part of the Administrative Law & Human Rights Section and reports to the Section's Executive Committee. 

The Committee comprises many experienced immigration lawyers, who are also registered migration agents, working in various areas of immigration law, including refugee, business, skilled and family migration. It initiates continuing legal education seminars, events and publications and prepares and makes submissions on migration law issues.

Co-Chairs: Chris Spentzaris and Samantha Fitzsimons

Council Liaison Representative: Stuart Webb

How to Join

To apply to join this Committee, please email alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445 with your resume (please redact any information you do not want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist,  the committee. 

Your resume and statement will then be circulated to the existing committee members who then vote on all new applications. You will be advised of the outcome of the vote and, if successful, be sent details of the meetings.

To be eligible to apply to join the Committee, you need to be an LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV to contribute to submissions, present your ideas for new or existing initiatives/projects and take the opportunity to connect with your peers.

For more information, please email alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445.

Refugee Law Reform Sub-Committee

The Refugee Law Reform Sub-Committee is part of the Administrative Law & Human Rights Section and reports to the Section's Executive Committee.

Committee members come from a variety of legal backgrounds, as it is not necessary to be working in the field of refugee or migration law. The Committee uses the legal expertise of its members to stand up for justice and seek legal change for asylum seekers and detainees. Through the Committee, members can have a voice on law reform or gain important information from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the AAT or the Minister about changes in the area. The Committee also has an education and information sharing function, able to engage the broader community on refugee issues.

The Committee meets six times a year.

Chair: Leah Perkins

How to Join

To apply to join this Committee, please email alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445 with your resume (please redact any information you do not want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist the committee. 

Your resume and statement will then be circulated to the existing committee members who then vote on all new applications. You will be advised of the outcome of the vote and, if successful, be sent details of the meetings.

To be eligible to apply to join the Committee, you need to be an LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV to contribute to submissions, present your ideas for new or existing initiatives/projects and take the opportunity to connect with your peers.

For more information, please email alhrsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9445.

 

Animal Welfare Committee

The Animal Welfare Committee is part of the Administrative Law & Human Rights Section and reports to the Section's Executive Committee.

The Animal Welfare Committee was established in 2016 and was previously the Young Lawyers Animal Welfare Reference Group. The Animal Welfare Committee is a group of legal practitioners in Victoria that aim to contribute to animal law reform and promote awareness of animal welfare issues among the legal community.

The objectives of Animal Welfare Committee are to:

  • promote awareness of animal welfare issues among the legal community;
  • prepare submissions on legislation, policy and codes of practice;
  • engage with key stakeholders in animal welfare;
  • promote education about animal law in universities; and
  • otherwise work towards eliminating animal cruelty in Victoria.

In 2017, Animial Welfare Committee made a submission to the Parliamentary inquiry into RSPCA Victoria and the Chair of the committee gave evidence at the Parliamentary hearing.

AWWG has also made submissions on:

AWWG is currently in the process of developing a policy statement outlining key advocacy issues in the lead up to the State Election later this year.

Chair: Nicky Neville-Jones

Council Liaison Representative: Stuart Webb

How to Join?

The Animal Welfare Committee welcomes applications from lawyers who are practicing in animal law or are passionate about animal welfare issues. Law students who are members of the LIV are also welcome to apply.

If you would like to join the committee, please email a copy of your CV and a brief statement outlining relevant skills and experience to alhrsection@liv.asn.au

Collaborative Practice Section

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is part of the Collaborative Practice Section and sets the overall agenda and policy direction for the Section.

Members include collaborative practice legal practitioners as well as other collaborative professionals. The Committee focuses on law reform and practice support issues affecting collaborative practitioners in Victoria and its key objectives include the promotion of collaborative practice.

Chair: Catherine Gale

Deputy Chair: Darryn Hockley

How to Join

To apply to join this Committee, please email collaborativepracticesection@liv.asn.au with your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist,  the committee. Your resume and statement will then be circulated to the existing committee members who then vote on all new applications. You will be advised of the outcome of the vote and, if successful, be sent details of the meetings.

To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be an LIV member and a member of the Section. 

If you are an LIV member you can join the Section by simply updating your member profile.

If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV to contribute to submissions, present your ideas for new or existing initiatives/projects and take the opportunity to connect with your peers. For more information, please email collaborativepracticesection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9443.

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Commercial Law Section

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee sets the overall agenda and policy direction for the Commercial Law Section. The key objective of the Executive Committee is to promote and further the objectives of the Commercial Law Section. The Executive Committee's functions are to:

  • identify and address overarching commercial law issues, undertaking tasks such as submissions, articles, events, attendance at meetings or other associated outputs in collaboration with the relevant sub-committees
  • oversee work of the sub-committees, identifying any gaps in the issues being addressed to be handled by the Executive or referred back to the sub-committees and providing guidance on any matters relevant to their internal working and achieving the Section's objective
  • communicate to the sub-committees (through the sub-committee chairs) any institutional matters to be noted or addressed at the sub-committee level and report back on any matters addressed to LIV Council/Executive
  • promote the work and issues of the Commercial Law Section within and outside the LIV and ensure that the needs of the LIV users (members and community) are being met.

The Committee meets five times a year.

Chair: Anita Aarons

How to Join

For information on how to join, please email commerciallawsection@liv.asn.au.

Business & Corporate Law Sub-Committee

The Business & Corporate Law Sub-Committee is part of the Commercial Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee. The Sub-Committee engages with legal issues relating to the activities of businesses and is involved in the preparation of commercial publications, including the Contract of Sale of Business. 

The Sub-Committee is also responsible for engaging with issues relating to high-level corporations law, mergers and acquisitions, public listings and Commonwealth regulatory framework issues. The Sub-Committee is proactive with a range of related submissions and has regular liaison with related industry groups including the Business Council of Australia, CPA and Australian Bankers Association.

The Sub-Committee meets six times a year.

Chair: Rod Stumbles

How to Join

For information on how to join, please email commerciallawsection@liv.asn.au.

Intellectual Property and Information Technology Committee

The Intellectual Property and Information Technology Committee is part of the Commercial Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Intellectual Property and Information Technology Committee assumes responsibility for matters of law and policy in Intellectual Property and Information Technology. The Committee comprises a highly diverse mix of experienced IP/IT practitioners from the Victorian Bar, private practice, in-house corporate environments, government and academia. 

The Intellectual Property & Information Technology Committee prepares reviews and submissions in relation to current legal issues and is also active in the realm of CPD. The Committee meets six times a year.

Co-Chairs: Sally Foreman and Rhys Munzel

How to Join

For information on how to join, please email commerciallawsection@liv.asn.au.

Sports Law Committee

The Sports Law Committee is part of the Commercial Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Sports Law Committee discusses current issues relating to Sports Law and has a strong focus on preparing educational discussion forums for the Sports Law Interest Group. The Committee also keeps abreast of current reviews and policy issues relating to Sports Law to consider whether submissions in respect of the relevant issue ought to be made. The Committee meet four times a year.

Chair: James Paterson

The Committee also runs a Sports Law Interest Group, which provides legal practitioners with the opportunity to become engaged with likeminded individuals who each share a love for sport. The Sports Law Discussion Interest Group provides informative and educational discussion forums on current sporting issues.

How to Join

For information on how to join, please email commerciallawsection@liv.asn.au.

State Taxes Committee

The State Taxes Committee is part of the Commercial Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The State Taxes Committee focuses on meetings to discuss law and policy related to the collection of taxes by the State Revenue Office. Such taxes include land tax, stamp duty and payroll tax.

The Committee meet six times a year.

Chair: Nicola Crowle

How to Join

For information on how to join, please email commerciallawsection@liv.asn.au.

Taxation and Revenue Committee

The Taxation and Revenue Committee is part of the Commercial Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Taxation and Revenue Committee focuses on federal revenue matters and is a practice lobby for ongoing reform within the Australian tax system. This Committee has extensive national tax liaison within a range of constituent boards, which ensures an effective presence for LIV members in the development of a national tax strategy.

Chair: Neil Brydges

How to Join

For information on how to join, please email commerciallawsection@liv.asn.au.

Not for Profit and Charities Law Committee

The Not for Profit and Charities Law Committee is part of the Commercial Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Not for Profit and Charities Law Committee is made up of practitioners who practise, or who have clients who work in, the not for profit and charity sector. The Committee meets to discuss current legal issues relating to the not for profit and charity sector, which focuses on providing practical support, education and advocacy for matters affecting lawyers practising in this area of law.

The Committee meets five times a year.

Chair: Derek Mortimer

How to Join

For information on how to join, please email commerciallawsection@liv.asn.au.

Competition and Consumer Law Committee

The Competition and Consumer Law Committee is part of the Commercial Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Competition and Consumer Law Committee focuses on legal issues relating to competition and consumer law and proactively lobbies and makes submissions in these areas of law. The Committee also has a focus on broader legal community education activities and regularly facilitates guest speakers and other educational events on emerging issues.

The Committee meet six times a year.

Co-Chairs: Mary O’Leary

How to Join

For information on how to join, please email commerciallawsection@liv.asn.au.

Cost Law Section

Cost Law Executive Committee

The Executive Committee sets the overall agenda and policy direction for the Cost Law Section.

The Executive Committee will work the ensure the objectives of the Cost Law Section are met. Pursuant to the Section by-laws, the objectives of the Section are to:

  1. promote the better understanding of costs law issues affecting the legal profession
  2. in relation to costs law issues, assist the LIV:
    1. to lobby government and liaise with regulators for law reform by:
      1. providing advice
      2. preparing written submissions
      3. any other necessary and relevant assistance requested by the LIV
    2. to provide assistance and professional guidance to other LIV sections in relation to costs law issues affecting those other LIV sections and their members by:
      1. providing expert advice
      2. any other necessary and relevant assistance
    3. to provide assistance and professional guidance to members of this Section, LIV members and the profession generally by developing;
      1. guidelines
      2. practice notes
      3. information sheets
      4. precedents
      5. CPD activities and events, education modules and eLearning generally in relation to:
        • methods of pricing legal professional services
        • the review and amendment of court scales of costs and practitioner remuneration orders with the view to better meeting costing needs of the profession and to capture the value of new technologies being used in legal practice and in relation to the provision of legal services
        • legal professional obligations and compliance issues relating to costs
        • any relevant requests from LIV members
        • costs between parties
        • costs between lawyers and their clients
  3. provide a forum for educating and updating members in relation to cost law issues to reduce costs disputes between lawyers and their clients, and to propose means by which these disputes can be resolved expeditiously and fairly
  4. strengthen and maintain the relationship with Courts and Tribunals and support the establishment of a Costs Court Users Group by the Supreme Court of Victoria
  5. provide input to the professional development needs of lawyers practising, or wanting to practise in costs law
  6. assist in furthering the objectives of the LIV.

Chair: Cate Dealehr

Deputy Chair: Antonella Terranova

Council Liaison Representative: John McPherson

How to Join

For information on how to join, please email costlawsection@liv.asn.au.

Criminal Law Section

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee sets the overall agenda and policy direction for the Criminal Law Section. The Executive Committee aims to represent all practice areas of Victorian criminal law. The members of the Executive Committee are all accredited specialists in criminal law and considered experts in the area of criminal law and procedure.

Members of the Executive Committee are formally appointed as LIV representatives on various government and non-government advisory groups, as well as the various Criminal Law Division Court User Groups in each jurisdiction.

Co-Chairs: Melinda Walker and Josh Taaffe
Deputy Chair: Tania Wolff
Council Liaison Representatives: Tania Wolff, Carrie O'Shea and Tim Freeman

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General Committee

The General Committee is open to all Criminal Law Section members and is overseen by the Executive Committee.

Members are provided with materials relevant to practising criminal law in Victoria such as notification of legislative amendments and practice notes. Draft legislation and issues papers are also circulated to members for discussion and often feedback is developed into formal written submissions to relevant authorities. The Criminal Law Section produces a substantial number of submissions annually to state and federal governments, royal commissions, court processes and various other criminal law institutions.

Membership of the committee is also a valuable way of information sharing with colleagues, keeping up to date with legislative reform and sharing views on relevant recent cases.

The committee meets 11 times a year, with an Annual General Meeting and End of Year Celebration held towards the end of the year.

Elder Law Section

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee sets the overall agenda and policy direction for the Elder Law Section.

The Executive Committee advocates for law reform and policy change with respect to matters affecting older people. Recognising that legal issues associated with ageing are multifaceted, the Committee frequently consults with external bodies such as, the Office of Public Advocate (OPA), the Australian Medical Association (AMA), the Law Council of Australia (LCA), the Succession Law Committee and Elder Abuse Prevention Advisory Group.

The Committee meets six times a year.

Chair: Bill O'Shea

Deputy Chair: Clare McNamara

Council Liaison Representative: John Toohey

How to Join

For further information about joining the Elder Law Section or Committee, please contact the senior lawyer in charge of the Elder Law Section:

E: elderlawsection@liv.asn.au
T: 03 9607 9311

Government Lawyers Section

Government Lawyers Section Committee

The Government Lawyers Section Committee provides practical support and networking opportunities for legally qualified public sector employees in all levels of government, including government in-house lawyers and policy officers.

As a government lawyer, there are many issues and policies that specifically affect you. Being a part of the GLS provides you with the opportunity to meet and address these topics with people who share your speciality.

The LIV is actively growing the GLS and its membership, setting up more events tailored specifically to you, such as the annual Government Lawyers Conference, and increasing the number of government lawyer mentors. Members of the GLS can provide input on submissions and engage in other lobbying activities on issues and reforms directly relating to their practice as government lawyers.

Your involvement in the GLS will represent the interests of government lawyers in Victoria in moving towards creating a national association of government lawyers in the future.

Chair: Tim Honey 

How to Join

For more information, including how to join, email governmentlawsection@liv.asn.au.

Family Law Section

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee sets the overall agenda for the Family Law Section including all the sub-committees and working groups.

The Executive Committee meets every 6-8 weeks to discuss policy and law reform issues relating to family and child protection lawyers in Victoria.

Section Chair and Chair of Executive Committee: Maria Kourtis
Deputy Section Chair and Deputy Chair of the Executive Committee: Nicky Neville-Jones
Section Council Liaison: Caroline Counsel

How to Join

To apply to join, please email familylawsection@liv.asn.au with a copy of your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist, the committee. 

Your resume and statement will then be circulated to the existing committee members who vote on all new applications. You will be advised of the outcome of the vote and, if successful, be sent details of the meetings.

To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.

For more information, please email familylawsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

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Junior Family Lawyers Working Group

The Junior Family Lawyers Working Group is part of the Family Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Working Group meets 4-6 times a year and aims to provide an opportunity for junior family lawyers to create strong professional relationships with their peers whilst also discussing policy and law reform issues relating to Family Law in Victoria.

Co-Chairs: Georgia Miller and James Rundle

How to Join:

To apply to join, please email familylawsection@liv.asn.au with a copy of your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist, the committee.

Your resume and statement will then be circulated to the existing committee members who vote on all new applications. You will be advised of the outcome of the vote and, if successful, be sent details of the meetings.

To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.

For more information, please email familylawsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

Maintenance and Property Sub-Committee

The Maintenance and Property Sub-Committee is part of the Family Law Section and reports to the Section's Executive Committee. This sub-committee focuses on substantive law and practice issues regarding the distribution of property and maintenance in family court proceedings.

Chair: Will Stidston

How to Join

To apply to join, please email familylawsection@liv.asn.au with a copy of your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist, the committee. 

To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.

For more information, please email familylawsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

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Courts Practice Sub-Committee

The Courts Practice Sub-Committee is part of the Family Law Section and reports to the Section's Executive Committee.

The Courts Practice Sub-Committee regularly meet with representatives from the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia to discuss issues arising from current and proposed court practices.

Chair: John Spender

How to Join

To apply to join, please email familylawsection@liv.asn.au with a copy of your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist, the committee. 

To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.

For more information, please email familylawsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

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Children and Youth Issues Sub-Committee

The Children and Youth Issues Sub-Committee is part of the Family Law Section and reports to the Section's Executive Committee. The Children & Youth Issues Sub-Committee focuses on issues concerning children involved in family law, child protection and/or youth justice matters.

Members of this sub-committee not only include family lawyers but also independent children lawyers and child protection practitioners.

The sub-committee liaises with the family and children’s courts, as well as with guest members from other legal and non-legal organisations working with children (eg out of home care service providers, aboriginal legal service organisations), other professionals involved in child protection and welfare (eg medical professionals, psychologists/psychiatrists), academics and relevant government departments (eg Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development).

Chair: Erica Contini

How to Join

To apply to join, please email familylawsection@liv.asn.au with a copy of your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist, the committee. 

To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.

For more information, please email familylawsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

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Education Working Group

The Education Working Group is part of the Family Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Working Group works closely with the LIV Professional Development department to develop content for the LIV's continuing professional development sessions.

Chair: Maria Kourtis

How to Join

To apply to join or for more information, please email familylawsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.

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Family Violence Portfolio

Family violence has long been a concern of the LIV. The Family Violence Portfolio contributes to LIV policy and law reform submissions for family violence matters, in particular focusing on the role of lawyers in the family violence system.

The Portfolio has been proactive in identifying opportunities for further collaboration and sharing of information between the various professionals who work in the family violence system, including enhanced collaborative education and training for professionals in the family violence system.

The Portfolio is also interested in developing information to assist lawyers advise their clients on how to navigate the family violence system as whole.

Chair: Caroline Counsel

How to Join

Anyone interested in being involved or obtaining further information about the activities of the LIV Family Violence Portfolio, please email familylawsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

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Anyone interested in being involved or obtaining further information about the activities of the LIV Family Violence Portfolio, please email familylawsection@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.
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International Law Section

International Law Section Committee

The International Law Section (ILS) of the Law Institute of Victoria supports members with diverse legal experience and interest across its three main focus areas: international trade and commerce law, international arbitration and public international law.

Through the ILS, the LIV seeks to provide a practice-oriented forum where participants may identify, discuss and analyse international law issues that arise in their daily practice. Members find great value in the exchange of information and solutions relevant to their own practice area, as well as the networking opportunities the section affords.

There are a great many professional development and social events hosted by the LIV that are of particular interest to practitioners of international law, offering updates on domestic and international legislative changes and court decisions. In particular, the ILS holds an annual International Commercial Arbitration Moot for young lawyers.

Members of the ILS also collaborate with the other LIV practice sections to write submissions and engage in various lobbying activities on issues and reforms related to international law.

Chair: Jacob Chylinski

How to Join

For more information, please email internationallawsection@liv.asn.au.

Litigation Lawyers Section

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee sets the overall agenda and policy direction for the Section and all Section sub-committees. The Committee aims to represent the widest possible cross-section of practitioners in the area of litigation and its functions include to:

  • stimulate the interest of all lawyers in reviewing the processes, costs and effects of systems of litigation
  • create a community awareness of the procedures and functions of litigation
  • promote an understanding among lawyers of the available modes of resolving disputes
  • consider and recommend law reform
  • propose recommendations for the more efficient settlement of disputes
  • foster among lawyers a desire for continuing legal education
  • develop and extend areas of mutual interest between solicitors, the Bar and all persons connected with the administration of justice.

Chair: Kathryn Booth

How to Join

For more information, please email litigationlawyerssection@liv.asn.au.

Transport Accident Committee

The Transport Accident Committee is part of the Litigation Lawyers Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The TAC committee provides a valuable forum in which plaintiff and defendant practitioners can share information and address problems in this area.

Chair: Anthony Kenyon

How to Join

For more information, please email litigationlawyerssection@liv.asn.au.

Public Liability and Medical Negligence Committee

The Public Liability and Medical Negligence Committee is part of the Litigation Lawyers Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Public Liability and Medical Negligence Committee is involved with issues relating to public liability and medical negligence, both plaintiff and defendant.

Chair: Dimitra Dubrow

How to Join

For more information, please email litigationlawyerssection@liv.asn.au.

Courts Practice Committee

The Courts Practice Committee is part of the Litigation Lawyers Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

Members of the committee are active on various court liaison bodies and provide a valuable link between the Courts and the Section.

Chair: Bettina Evert

How to Join

For more information, please email litigationlawyerssection@liv.asn.au.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee is part of the Litigation Lawyers Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The ADR Committee is involved in the ongoing development of ADR initiatives and promoting ADR to the legal profession, the courts and the general community.

Chair: Jonathan Kaplan

How to Join

For more information, please email litigationlawyerssection@liv.asn.au.

Property and Environmental Law Section

Executive Committee

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

PELS focuses on the broad issues related to conveyancing and general property transactions; environmental law; leasing law; liquor, gaming and hospitality law; and planning and local government law.

Recently, there have been many significant changes in the areas of property and environmental law, and PELS has been at the forefront of relevant lobbying and advisory activities for the benefit of LIV members.

In particular, the introduction of electronic conveyancing (e-conveyancing) throughout Australia represents an enormous shift in the way property lawyers are expected to conduct their businesses. Through PELS, the LIV has been able to remain closely involved at every stage of e-conveyancing's development, from advocating for legislative and regulatory reforms through to consultations on the details of systems implementations.

The LIV's e-conveyancing hub contains the latest information and practice support tools to ensure that practitioners can make informed decisions about the broad range of issues that electronic conveyancing presents.

The committee meets six times a year.

Section Chair and Chair of Executive Committee: David McKenzie

Council Liaison: Simon Libbis

How to Join

To apply to join, please email pels@liv.asn.au with a copy of your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist the committee. 
 
To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.
 
For more information, please email pels@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

Building & Construction Working Group

The Building and Construction Working Group is part of the Property and Environmental Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

Chair: David McKenzie

How to Join:

To apply to join, please email pels@liv.asn.au with a copy of your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist the committee.

To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.

For more information, please email pels@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

Environmental Issues Committee

The Environmental Issues Committee is part of the Property and Environmental Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Environmental Issues Committee meets to discuss issues relating to Environmental Law Issues. Guest speakers often attend these meetings. 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.

The committee meets six times a year.

Chair: Hubert Algie

How to Join

To apply to join, please email pels@liv.asn.au with a copy of your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist the committee. 
 
To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.
 
For more information, please email pels@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

Leases Committee

The Leases Committee is part of the Property and Environmental Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Leases Committee meets to discuss issues relating to leasing law and its objectives are to:

  • continue to be the Committee of the LIV in which the LIV's leasing experience and expertise reside
  • 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 inquiries
  • provide a forum for discussion of current leasing issues and developments by members of the Committee
  • prepare submissions to government in relation to existing or draft legislation and court decisions involving landlord and tenant issues.

The committee meets six times a year.

Chair: Malwina Peacock

How to Join

To apply to join, please email pels@liv.asn.au with a copy of your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist the committee. 
 
To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.
 
For more information, please email pels@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

Liquor, Gaming and Hospitality Law Committee

The Liquor, Gaming and Hospitality Law Committee is part of the Property and Environmental Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Committee focuses on all areas of the law relating to liquor, leisure and hospitality and its 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
  • 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 inquiries
  • 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
  • attract to the Committee, practitioners experienced capable of initiating and responding to leisure and hospitality law reform.

The committee meets six times a year.

Chair: Paul Ryan

How to Join

To apply to join, please email pels@liv.asn.au with a copy of your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist the committee. 
 
To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.
 
For more information, please email pels@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

Planning and Local Government Committee

The Planning and Local Government Committee is part of the Property and Environmental Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Committee focus on areas of law relating to planning and local government. The objectives are to:

  • provide expert advice to the LIV Council on planning and local government law issues
  • initiate and respond to planning and local government law reform
  • 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
  • liaise with relevant government departments, courts and tribunals, municipalities and other organisations about subjects pertinent to planning and local government law practitioners
  • participate in the annual property and environmental law conference, develop other continuing professional development events and to contribute articles of interest to the Law Institute Journal.

The committee meets six times a year.

Co-chairs: Reto Hofmann and Joseph Monaghan 

How to Join

To apply to join, please email pels@liv.asn.au with a copy of your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist the committee. 
 
To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.
 
For more information, please email pels@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

Property Law Committee

The Property Law Committee is part of the Property and Environmental Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Committee focuses on specific issues and projects relating to property law and its objectives are to:

  • initiate and respond to property law reform
  • provide expert advice to the LIV Council in relation to topical property law matters
  • update LIV members on current property law issues and to stimulate debate among members about those issues
  • respond to government departments and stakeholders about subjects pertinent to property law practitioners
  • assist in the provision of an annual property and environmental law conference and to develop other continuing professional development events for practitioners.

The committee meets seven times a year.

Chair: Michael Dowling

Deputy Chair: Kathryn Elleman

How to Join

To apply to join, please email pels@liv.asn.au with a copy of your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist the committee. 
 
To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.
 
For more information, please email pels@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

Property Law Dispute Resolution Committee

The Property Law Dispute Resolution Committee is part of the Property and Environmental Law Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Committee's objectives are to provide an efficient, speedy and cost-effective avenue for resolution of property law disputes.

The committee meets when there is a dispute for resolution.

Chair: Frank Lynch

How to Join

To apply to join, please email pels@liv.asn.au with a copy of your resume (please redact any information you don't want other committee members to read, eg contact details) and a brief statement of why you seek to join, and how you could assist the committee. 
 
To be eligible to apply to join a Committee or Working Group, you need to be a LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section at no cost by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV.
 
For more information, please email pels@liv.asn.au or call 03 9607 9311.

Succession Law Section

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee sets the overall agenda and policy direction for the Succession Law Section.

The committee actively drives law reforms and changes in policy, contributing to Victorian Law in myriad ways. Members of this section monitor changes in the law, consistently update the LIV on areas where CPD is particularly needed for practitioners in this area, and develop programs to strengthen relationships with the community and the courts.

This section is overseen by a committee of senior, active experts in the field and is a valuable place to make your voice heard and become a part of changing the legal profession for the better.

The Committee meets seven times a year.

Chair: Mercia Chapman

Deputy Chair: Nancy Collins

Council Liaison Representative: Kathy Wilson

How to Join

If you are interested to join the Succession Law Executive Committee, please send an expression of interest to successionlawsection@liv.asn.au or phone 03 9607 9311.

To be eligible to apply to join a Committee, you need to be an LIV member and a member of the Section. If you are an LIV member you can join the Section by simply updating your member profile. If you would like to get involved and are not an LIV member, you can join the LIV to contribute to submissions, present your ideas for new or existing initiatives/projects and take the opportunity to connect with your peers.

Workplace Relations Section

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee sets the overall agenda and policy direction for the Section and the Section's sub-committee.

The Committee aims to represent the widest possible cross-section of practitioners in the area of workplace relations law.

Chair: Michael Butler

Deputy Chair: Charles Englander

Council Liaison Representatives: Sam Pandya and Belinda Wilson

How to Join

If you are interested to join the Workplace Relations Section Executive Committee, please email workplacerelations@liv.asn.au or phone 03 9607 9311.

Workplace Relations Section General Committee

The Employment and Industrial Relations Committee is part of the Workplace Relations Section and reports to the Executive Committee.

The Committee undertakes a range of activities and law reform submissions to develop the area of employment and industrial relations law. Further, it considers matters related to occupational health and safety.

Chairs: Veronica Belot and Joel Zyngier

Council Liaison Representatives: Sam Pandya and Belinda Wilson

How to Join

For more information on the Workplace Relations Employment and Industrial Relations Committee, please email workplacerelations@liv.asn.au or phone 03 9607 9311.