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Value, Pricing, Costs
Value, Pricing, Costs

 Liz Harris 01 Mar 2017

Practitioners need to understand the relationship between value, price and cost and how it fits within uniform law. Economists accept that value is the arbiter of price and, in the...

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Lump sum invoices and itemised bills
Lump sum invoices and itemised bills

 Anna Sango 01 Mar 2017

Practitioners need to be aware that in a costs review they may not be permitted to amend their initial invoice to the client and may be bound by it...

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Federal Court Changes
Federal Court Changes

 Liz Harris 01 Feb 2017

The Court has taken a significant step to limit matters requiring the preparation of the bill of costs by indicating a preference for making a lump sum cost order...

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Costs lawyers – Section update
Costs lawyers – Section update

 Law Institute Journal 01 Dec 2016

The LIV Costs Law Section has this year focused on the costs disclosure requirements under the Legal Profession Uniform Law. The LIV Costs Law Section was formed in February 2016...

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Orders of Costs Court – Quantification and payment
Orders of Costs Court – Quantification and payment

 Jill Grace 01 Nov 2016

Where costs between a practitioner and client are taxed, an order of the Costs Court merely stating the amount that...

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Costing: A guide to claims from Funds in Court
Costing: A guide to claims from Funds in Court

 Antoinette Austin & Roger Walton 01 Sep 2016

When making claims for legal costs the detail required varies depending on the nature and complexity of the work performed...

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Costing: When a taxation really costs
Costing: When a taxation really costs

 Ben Wyatt 01 Aug 2016

A Costs Court decision to not apply Order 63.85 has been challenged.

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Uniform costs
Uniform costs

 Steven Sapountsis 21 Jul 2016

On the first anniversary of the introduction of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Uniform Law), and prompted by questions recently posed by practitioners, it might be timely to highlight the difference between cost disclosure...

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LIV Library
LIV Library

 LIV Library 01 Jul 2016

LIV Members may borrow library material for 14 days, with a one week renewal available unless reserved by a member. Items can be collected from the library, posted or sent via DX free of charge. Material including the location REF...

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Law Aid: tailor made for legal aid
Law Aid: tailor made for legal aid

 Steven Sapountsis 02 Jun 2016

In its 2008 Civil Justice Review: Report, the Victorian Law Reform Commission identified the importance of legal representation in allowing citizens access to justice: An essential element of a fair legal system is the ability...

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When is a bill not a bill?
When is a bill not a bill?

 Liz Harris 01 Jun 2016

The Court of Appeal decision of Batrouney v Forster [2016] VSCA 80 (27 April 2016) is significant for practitioners in a number of respects, but this column looks at the obligation to render bills calculated in accordance...

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Legal aid, again, but another point to make
Legal aid, again, but another point to make

 Steven Sapountsis 19 May 2016

Last Tuesday morning the legal profession come out in force in support of the call for an increase in legal aid funding by governments...

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Conduct and Costs
Conduct and Costs

 Steven Sapountsis 21 Apr 2016

Recent decisions of the Supreme Court of Victoria sound a clarion call to lawyers to carefully and critically assess the work and evidence required to run or defend a matter at the start of the matter...

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Contingency fees: Call for ban to be lifted
Contingency fees: Call for ban to be lifted

 Karin Derkley 01 Apr 2016

The LIV argues allowing lawyers to enter into contingency fee arrangements with their clients would help address access to justice. The LIV is calling for the ban on contingency fees to be lifted... 

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Unrepresented litigants and additional costs
Unrepresented litigants and additional costs

 Steven Sapountsis 17 Mar 2016

A recently decided case in the Supreme Court of Victoria involving an unrepresented litigant reminded me of the issue of cost transference that a member raised with me last year...

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