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LPLC: Solicitor’s certificate basics
LPLC: Solicitor’s certificate basics

 Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee 01 Jul 2016

Some practitioners are surprised that the LPLC continues to receive Amadio-type claims. These typically concern advice from a practitioner to a security provider which is subsequently disputed or an allegation from an unrepresented security...

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Victorian law reform: From minor to major
Victorian law reform: From minor to major

 VLRC 01 Jul 2016

One of the functions of the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) is “to examine, report and make recommendations to the Attorney-General on any matter that the Commission considers raises relatively minor...

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National law reform: Responding to elder abuse
National law reform: Responding to elder abuse

 Sabina Wynn 01 Jul 2016

How do Australian laws respond to elder abuse and how can they better protect older Australians? This is a question being considered by the...

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Property: Contamination and proof
Property: Contamination and proof

 Russell Cocks 01 Jul 2016

Examples of common contaminants in a domestic or commercial environment are asbestos in homes and outbuildings or commercial premises and petroleum products in land previously used for commercial purposes but now perhaps...

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Pro bono/Social justice: Leading from the middle
Pro bono/Social justice: Leading from the middle

 Daniel Creasey & Millicent Allan 01 Jul 2016

Australia’s mid-sized (and smaller-sized) law firms have been nudged for not pulling their weight when it comes to pro bono legal service. However, recent figures show that is changing and that many mid-sized firms are ramping...

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Technology: Welcome to the future
Technology: Welcome to the future

 Richard Susskind 01 Jul 2016

When UK legal futurist Professor Richard Susskind came to Melbourne in May, he wowed audiences with tales from the technology frontier. He spoke of desktop computers with the same processing...

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Best practice: How to cut litigation costs
Best practice: How to cut litigation costs

 Samuel Woff 01 Jul 2016

As lawyers we primarily see three types of disputes. Type 1 disputes are where the parties are in fundamental disagreement as to what occurred. This is the “he said, she said” type of dispute. Type 2 disputes are where the parties more or ...

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Practice management: Satisfaction guaranteed
Practice management: Satisfaction guaranteed

 Paddy Oliver 01 Jul 2016

Without clients a law firm cannot exist as a viable business venture. This is why lawyers should embrace good client service. Why do lawyers often have a love/hate relationship with their clients? After all, it is the client who chooses...

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Superannuation: Budget targets super concessions
Superannuation: Budget targets super concessions

 Andrew Proebstl 01 Jul 2016

Anyone nearing retirement should be aware of the new contribution caps. Significant changes to superannuation were announced on 3 May 2016 in the federal government budget...

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According to merit?/Diversity: Words at work
According to merit?/Diversity: Words at work

 Cathy Brown 01 Jul 2016

In response, DCA developed a campaign video featuring DCA chair David Morrison and a series of guides and education programs for workplaces about the power of language...

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Flexibility: Work in progress
Flexibility: Work in progress

 SMR Legal 01 Jul 2016

SMR Legal was founded on the trailblazing approach of two of its founding directors – Suzanna Sheed and Mary Stewart. The firm provides all employees with flexible work practices. SMR Legal’s view is that flexible arrangements...

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On the move
On the move

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jul 2016

For a free LIJ listing, email your details and colour photograph (minimum 30mm wide x 40mm high at 300dpi) to edassist@liv.asn.au. This column also draws on information sent to the LIV Member Services section...

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Mentoring Q&A
Mentoring Q&A

 Ana Percic & Michelle Cupples 01 Jul 2016

Being a mentor gives you a sense of responsibility to the profession and inspires you to be a better lawyer. It’s also a way to give back, especially when you have had people in your early career who have helped you along...

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New admissions
New admissions

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jul 2016

The following people were admitted to practice as Australian lawyers and as officers of the Supreme Court of Victoria on 10 May 2016. The LIJ welcomes them to the legal profession...

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7 habits of highly effective lawyers
7 habits of highly effective lawyers

 Robert Stary 01 Jul 2016

In an adversarial criminal justice process, you should always remember that your first duty is as an officer of the court. Exercise forensic judgment in how to manage your client’s case including what submissions are made to the court...

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