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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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New costs disclosure concept to create more
New costs disclosure concept to create more "harmonised" approach

 Karin Derkley 06 Dec 2017

The Legal Services Council is looking into a costs disclosure concept it says will create a more harmonised approach across jurisdictions and provide better protection for both law practices and consumers...

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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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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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Family Law judgments
Family Law judgments

 Robert Glade-Wright and Craig Nicol 01 Dec 2017

Robert Glade-Wright and Craig Nicol on recent Family Law judgments...

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Practice notes
Practice notes

 Law Institute Journal 01 Dec 2017

Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Information Notice to Practitioners and Litigants – Melbourne Migration List, Federal Circuit Court Amendment (Costs and Other Measuers) Rules 2017...

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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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A little structure please
A little structure please

 David Whiting 01 Dec 2017

Lately I have been grappling with the duties online form from the State Revenue Office (SRO) and the way it requires practitioners to present information about their clients in the context of a property transaction...

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Federal Court costs quantification
Federal Court costs quantification

 Jill Grace 01 Dec 2017

The Federal Court delivered judgment on 4 July 2017 in the matter of LFDB v SM (No 4) [2017] FCA 753 in which it considered, inter alia, the lump sum provisions of the Federal Court Costs Practice Note (GPN-COSTS) 25 October 2016...

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Technology helps drive law firm performance, survey finds
Technology helps drive law firm performance, survey finds

 Karin Derkley 29 Nov 2017

High performing law firms are using technology to free up staff from routine back office work and focus on building strong relationships with clients...

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Transform your firm’s digital presence
Transform your firm’s digital presence

 LIV Professional Development 27 Nov 2017

Julian Midwinter & Associates partner and consulting director Amy Burton-Bradley gives advice on how to improve your firm’s digital presence...

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