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5 Practical tips for lawyers to improve their presentation skills

17 May 2012

The upcoming LIV & Hanover Welfare Services Mooting Competition and Golden Gavel competition will present many young lawyers with the opportunity to showcase their public speaking skills to the legal fraternity.

However, for those of us who are not blessed with the natural ability to speak in front of large audiences, we will need to confront our fears of public speaking throughout our career (whether it be presenting to our colleagues in an internal meeting or delivering a seminar to a large external audience).

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Who will buy my practice? And what should buyers look for?

17 May 2012

The legal profession is undergoing structural change. There is a significant increase in activity. The baby boomer lawyers are looking towards selling, merging or transiting their small practices.

The majority of these transactions are not put on the market, they come through personal introductions. For every public transaction, it is likely another 30 have taken place. To some, their practice may be a most valuable asset – how ready are you to extract the maximum value from this asset? How does succession planning assist in your career progression?
If you are a buyer, what should you be looking for?

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Fighting corruption in Victoria

10 May 2012

The LIV supports a robust anti-corruption body for Victoria. After rigorous examination of the proposed legislation by several of our committees, we are not confident that we have the best outcome, and have called for the government to reconsider the legislation. In a proactive submission this week, we outlined our extensive concerns.

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The Legal Profession: What’s in it for you?

10 May 2012

When I commenced studying law I imagined that upon graduation I’d work as a lawyer in a role where my interests in people and problem solving would be applied.  At the time, my knowledge and understanding of the profession was influenced by fellow students, television, media and rumours. My perception and expectations of the role of a traditional lawyer were limited.

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Thinking of changing careers? Think again!

08 May 2012

"…this is me in a nutshell: "Help! I'm in a nutshell! How did I get into this bloody great big nutshell? What kind of shell has a nut like this?"

Hey – its May 2012 already! Clocks' a tickin' buddy! Time to get the nut cracker out!

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Law Week - What's in it for the profession and the public?

03 May 2012

Law Week is an annual event designed to make the legal system easy for Victorians to access, understand and use.  The theme is Law and Justice in the Community and it will be held from 14 to 20 May. It’s an opportunity for you to do something with your community to improve the standing of our profession and dispel the myth of the unscrupulous TV lawyer. What do you have planned?

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Power in Numbers

26 Apr 2012

Being a young lawyer has its perks. Your occupation seems to silence nagging relatives at Christmas when they query where you're going with your life. You are somehow believable when you pontificate about issues of the world which you have no real knowledge of. And you can say "you've been lawyered” and it's actually funny (seriously, try it if you haven't already).

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The carbon tax is coming: What lawyers must know before 1 July

26 Apr 2012

The federal government’s clean energy future package comes into force on 1 July 2012. Are you prepared to advise your clients about this legislative change that will impact on all Australian businesses?  The LIV is running a snapshot seminar next week to assist “Carbon Tax and a Clean Energy Future: What Lawyers Must Know".

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Will joining your professional association help your career?

19 Apr 2012

Apart from the strength in numbers which comes from being one of more than 15,000 members of the LIV, what’s in it for you? For any professional, choosing to become a member of your relevant association can be a significant career booster. While networking is a big benefit of joining any professional association, some LIV award-winning practitioners share some of the benefits of their membership.

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Are kids really running wild or are they just fare dodgers?

12 Apr 2012

The Sentencing Advisory Council (SAC) landmark report “Sentencing Children and Young People” will provide a wealth of factual information to guide government and policy makers. Depending which daily paper you read, you could have been alarmed -“Our Kids Run Wild” (Herald Sun 12 April) or reassured that most offences are minor - “Fare dodging forms bulk of youth court cases” (The Age 12 April). While both articles accurately report the statistics, the report provides a different emphasis.

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Can you balance a life in law with health & well-being? 3 practical tips to get you started…

05 Apr 2012

Over the Easter break, I urge members to undertake a stock take of their health and wellbeing to ensure they are “fit for practice”. Lawyers are over represented in studies of depression in profession and we know from our membership statistics that many lawyers, particularly young women, become disillusioned with their career and leave.

The LIV is running a three-part personal sustainability series beginning this month, targeted at young lawyers (though all are welcome). It will aim to give practitioners the tools to deal with common issues affecting their work performance and personal wellbeing.

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Supreme Court considers what is “Ordinary legal work”

29 Mar 2012

The Supreme Court of Victoria has, again, been asked to consider what constitutes “legal work”. In Dr Claire Noone, Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria v Peter Mericka & Ors [2012] VSC 101, handed down this week,  the court looked at issues including whether a legal practitioner was exempted from being required to hold a real estate licence when carrying on some aspects of work usually undertaken by Real  Estate Agents.

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Think that changes to the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) don’t affect you? You’re probably wrong…

22 Mar 2012

The LIV is very concerned about recent technical glitches experienced with the PPSR, particularly with migration issues. These glitches open lawyers to the risk of not obtaining clear title if they don’t undertake extensive steps and checks. The impact of the new PPSR system is widespread and technically detailed. To assist members the LIV has scheduled a series of seminars, starting Monday, on this critical issue.

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9 Tips to make your life in law more enjoyable & rewarding

22 Mar 2012

Yesterday the LIV Young Lawyers’ Section ran the New Lawyers Orientation seminar as part its commitment to support new lawyers on their professional journey. Part of this seminar was a session titled ’45 tips in 45 minutes’ where a panel of experienced young lawyers provided practical, realistic tips on how to get your career in law off to a good start.

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9 Tips to make your life in law more enjoyable & rewarding

22 Mar 2012

Yesterday the LIV Young Lawyers’ Section ran the New Lawyers Orientation seminar as part its commitment to support new lawyers on their professional journey. Part of this seminar was a session titled ’45 tips in 45 minutes’ where a panel of experienced young lawyers provided practical, realistic tips on how to get your career in law off to a good start.

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