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Time to review the legal aid means test in Victoria
Time to review the legal aid means test in Victoria

 Steven Sapountsis 11 Aug 2016

This is an edited version of a speech LIV president Steven Sapountsis gave on 10 August at the launch of the review of the VLA Means Test...

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Who are we?
Who are we?

 Steven Sapountsis 04 Aug 2016

At a lunch last Friday, we acknowledged members of the LIV who this year achieved 50 years of membership. In my address to the legal profession at large, I took the opportunity to reflect...

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Youth summit and lawyers’ experiences
Youth summit and lawyers’ experiences

 Steven Sapountsis 28 Jul 2016

Last Thursday, legal policy lawyer Clara Bradley and I attended the Victoria Police Chief Commissioner’s Youth Summit...

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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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Familiarity may breed resentment
Familiarity may breed resentment

 Steven Sapountsis 14 Jul 2016

Quite some time ago, while waiting for court to commence, counsel for the parties engaged in the usual chit-chat with the judge’s associate. After a trial lasting several days, our client lost the case...

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What do the LIV and the AFL have in common?
What do the LIV and the AFL have in common?

 Steven Sapountsis 07 Jul 2016

This weekend, with two other members of the Executive, I will be attending a football match in an official capacity. Regardless of your views on...

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Dear …..?
Dear …..?

 Steven Sapountsis 30 Jun 2016

The words we use in our professional relationships are important to show and engender respect. Courtesy in our communications with other practitioners is part of showing that respect...

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A change of the test for conflicts in family law matters, or merely a clarification?
A change of the test for conflicts in family law matters, or merely a clarification?

 Steven Sapountsis 23 Jun 2016

One of the joys of being a member of the Council of the Law Institute of Victoria is the privilege of being able to serve on the Ethics Committee...

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Fast-track dispute resolution
Fast-track dispute resolution

 Steven Sapountsis 16 Jun 2016

In the recent federal government Access to Justice review, conducted by the Productivity Commission, there was considerable focus on, and promotion of, alternative dispute resolution processes as a way of avoiding the high...

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Information online, any time (and free)
Information online, any time (and free)

 Steven Sapountsis 09 Jun 2016

It has taken some time, but LIV practising members now have access to a large range of online legal resources from LexisNexis, HeinOnline and Informit – free and at any time of the day or night...

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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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Sharp practice or competent adviser?
Sharp practice or competent adviser?

 Steven Sapountsis 26 May 2016

The Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules (the Rules) set out ethical and professional principles governing the conduct of Victorian solicitors – be it in relation to their contact with clients, the courts, other practitioners or the public...

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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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Service is sometimes, but not always, its own reward
Service is sometimes, but not always, its own reward

 Steven Sapountsis 12 May 2016

 In the first admission  ceremony on Tuesday morning, before a Full Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria,  we saw again another fine example of...

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Embracing the future
Embracing the future

 Steven Sapountsis 05 May 2016

Professor Richard Susskind delivered the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre Centenary Oration at Victoria University on Tuesday night. The oration was entitled “The Future of Courts and Legal Services”...

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