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Withholding taxing times
Withholding taxing times

 Steven Sapountsis 28 Apr 2016

As reported previously (in LawNews and elsewhere), the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No.6) Act 2016 (Cth) (the Act), introduces a new 10 per cent non-final withholding tax on the disposal...

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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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The Law Institute of Victoria – What we do
The Law Institute of Victoria – What we do

 Steven Sapountsis 14 Apr 2016

The LIV recently catalogued the work it does advocating for its members, the profession and the public in improving access to justice and promoting the rule of law. The LIV does a wide range of work, and here are just some of our achievements over the last year...

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Access to Justices
Access to Justices

 Steven Sapountsis 07 Apr 2016

Recently, the Supreme Court of Victoria published two notices to the profession regarding substantial changes to the operation of the Practice Court...

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In print – Really useful practice and court resources
In print – Really useful practice and court resources

 Steven Sapountsis 31 Mar 2016

Recently, we published a list of free internet resources that provided useful information about the law and the practice of the law...

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A little pomp and much circumstance
A little pomp and much circumstance

 Steven Sapountsis 23 Mar 2016

One of the privileges of being the president of the Law Institute of Victoria is the honour of making a speech at a judicial welcome or farewell....

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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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Strengthening the protection afforded to families against family violence
Strengthening the protection afforded to families against family violence

 Steven Sapountsis 10 Mar 2016

The Law Institute of Victoria has long been an advocate of addressing the harm and dislocation caused by family violence...

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Doing the right thing
Doing the right thing

 Steven Sapountsis 03 Mar 2016

The law is an honourable profession, yet sometimes lawyers do the wrong thing – though they may not realise it at the time...

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Is it time for an evergreen practising certificate?
Is it time for an evergreen practising certificate?

 Steven Sapountsis 25 Feb 2016

As we approach the 30 April deadline for renewal of practising certificates, I have been wondering whether there may be a better way to manage this process...

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What’s the point of CPD?
What’s the point of CPD?

 Steven Sapountsis 17 Feb 2016

Belonging to a learned profession carries with it certain obligations and responsibilities...

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Cultural inclusivity in the legal profession: “This is not Morocco – it’s Australia 2016”
Cultural inclusivity in the legal profession: “This is not Morocco – it’s Australia 2016”

 Steven Sapountsis 11 Feb 2016

At the Conference of Council last Monday, one of the sessions was entitled “Diversity in the workplace – emerging challenges and opportunities”...

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The best free legal research sites
The best free legal research sites

 Steven Sapountsis 04 Feb 2016

As recently as 2009, an Australian court has repeated the legal proposition that “ignorance of the law” is not an excuse for, or a defence to, a breach of the law...

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What lawyers should know about costs and the Uniform Law
What lawyers should know about costs and the Uniform Law

 Steven Sapountsis 28 Jan 2016

The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (Vic)(the Act) which set up the structure and bodies for a new national regulatory scheme...

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The Hong Kong experience and the rule of law
The Hong Kong experience and the rule of law

 Steven Sapountsis 21 Jan 2016

The first few weeks of my term as LIV president has included many meetings, a visit to Geelong and a trip to Hong Kong to attend the ceremonial...

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