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Sentencing guidelines council aims to boost public confidence
Sentencing guidelines council aims to boost public confidence

 Karin Derkley 14 Dec 2017

The state government is hoping a new sentencing guidelines council will boost public confidence in Victoria’s sentencing system...

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What's new and improved?
What's new and improved?

 Murray McCutcheon and David P Lloyd 01 Dec 2017

The September 2017 revision of the LIV/REIV contract of sale of land is explained in this two-part feature...

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High Court judgments
High Court judgments

 Andrew Yuile 01 Dec 2017

Victorian barrister Andrew Yuile on constitutional law, criminal law and administrative law...

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Federal Court judgments
Federal Court judgments

 Dan Star QC 01 Dec 2017

Regulatory law - civil penalties. Joint and several liability for a penalty – course of conduct principle – market harm/financial benefit – application by the Full Court itself of the principles for the imposition of a penalty...

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Why apologise?
Why apologise?

 Legal Practitioner's Liability Committee 01 Dec 2017

If you make a mistake in a civilised society it is expected that you will apologise to the wronged person. This protocol often falls down when insurance is involved because many people equate an apology and an admission of liability...

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Power of attorney
Power of attorney

 Russell Cocks 01 Dec 2017

Property lawyers often come across a power of attorney in practice and understanding the obligations of an attorney is important...

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Working on wills
Working on wills

 Georgia Murphy-Haste 01 Dec 2017

Since 2016, Sparke Helmore has provided wills clinics for Aboriginal people in rural and regional Australia. The initiative was established to address the concern that around 70 per cent of burial disputes...

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Protected under the Evidence Act?
Protected under the Evidence Act?

 Jessica Andreacchio 01 Dec 2017

We should be mindful of what information is disclosed during, and outside of, settlement negotiations. Section 131 of the Evidence Act 2008 (Vic) sets out the exclusion of evidence in relation to settlement negotiations...

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Age of reason
Age of reason

 Jade Murphy 01 Dec 2017

Intelligence, resilience and aptitude can be found in all ages. On 1 July this year, I was appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal as a full-time member. My role involves...

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Open letter calls for age of criminal responsibility to be raised to 14
Open letter calls for age of criminal responsibility to be raised to 14

 Karin Derkley 28 Nov 2017

Sixty organisations have signed an open letter to the Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews calling to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years of age...

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Three mistakes lawyers make in legal drafting
Three mistakes lawyers make in legal drafting

 LIV Professional Development 24 Nov 2017

Legal drafting is a skill that should be continuously improved upon throughout your career in law. There are always new strategies to be learned, and as with any skill, if it is not used often enough it can grow stale... 

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LIJ podcast: Emotional Intelligence - an essential attribute for lawyers
LIJ podcast: Emotional Intelligence - an essential attribute for lawyers

 Law Institute Journal 10 Nov 2017

Shaneen Argall, Human Resources Director at Arnold Bloch Leibler, and Jeremy Lanzer, Senior Associate in Corporate Law at ABL, talk emotional intelligence...

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Tips to maximise your costs recovery
Tips to maximise your costs recovery

 LIV Professional Development 10 Nov 2017

The LIV’s legal costings team is often asked “how do I maximise costs recovery?” Unfortunately, this is usually asked after the hard work is done and proceedings have been finalised...

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How healthy are your legal practice’s finances?
How healthy are your legal practice’s finances?

 LIV Professional Development 03 Nov 2017

Organising the finances in your legal practice doesn’t have to be a headache. All you need is the right knowledge. Here are some simple tips to get you and your firm on the path to financial health...

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Courts lift standards on expert reports
Courts lift standards on expert reports

 Karin Derkley 01 Nov 2017

The Court of Appeal has been at the forefront of reform in recent years, with a series of practice notes aiming to improve the ways criminal courts deal with expert evidence...

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