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Litigation: Six steps to success
Litigation: Six steps to success

 Kristen Smith and Niall Watson-Dunne 01 Oct 2020

By actively managing litigation, costs and risks can be mitigated. Here are some important considerations for lawyers.

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LPLC: Acting for private lenders can be high risk
LPLC: Acting for private lenders can be high risk

 Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee 01 Sep 2020

Short-term, high-risk, urgent private lending is a recipe for disaster and even diligent solicitors can be at risk.

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LPLC: Personal cost orders against lawyers
LPLC: Personal cost orders against lawyers

 Simon Ellis 01 May 2020

What are they and what should I do if an application is made against me for a personal cost order?

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LPLC: Acting for yourself may not pay off
LPLC: Acting for yourself may not pay off

 Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee 01 Apr 2020

Self-represented law firms cannot recover costs in respect of work performed by partners, employed solicitors or other employed staff.

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Civil Procedure Act: A civilised profession?
Civil Procedure Act: A civilised profession?

 Genna Angelowitsch 01 Mar 2020

At its commencement, some viewed the CPA as an aspirational guideline. Now, entering its 10th year, the courts have demonstrated their preparedness to put substance into the legislature’s ambitions, and sanction those who fail to comply...

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Commercial: Class action fees shakeup
Commercial: Class action fees shakeup

 Michael Legg 01 Feb 2020

Lawyers will be able to take a percentage of class action damages but questions remain...

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Party-party Taxations – when a winning party might actually be the loser
Party-party Taxations – when a winning party might actually be the loser

 LIV Costs Law Executive Committee 19 Sep 2019

The impact of Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2015 63.85 can be a serious impediment to a winning party maximising costs recovery when taxing costs...

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Green light for contingency fees
Green light for contingency fees

 Victorian Law Reform Commission 01 Aug 2018

The VLRC considers that lawyers should be able to charge contingency fees, as it provides another avenue of funding for clients who may otherwise be unable to afford litigation...

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VLRC greenlights contingency fees
VLRC greenlights contingency fees

 Karin Derkley 21 Jun 2018

Lawyers should be able to charge contingency fees on approval from the Supreme Court, a report on litigation funding and class actions by the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) recommends...

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A knock to the head
A knock to the head

 Annette Greenhow 03 Apr 2018

Sport-related concussion issues are likely to be deliberated in Australian courts in the next 12 months...

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Independence rules
Independence rules

 Gino Dal Pont 03 Apr 2018

Lawyer independence must function to moderate the trajectory and cost of litigation...

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Ancillary issues
Ancillary issues

 Philip Barton 01 Jun 2017

Recent Victorian Testator’s Family Maintenance litigation has highlighted diverse unusual ancillary points. Recent Victorian testator’s family maintenance litigation has highlighted...

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LIV responds to The Australian article ‘Federal court urges law firms to send more work to Bar’
LIV responds to The Australian article ‘Federal court urges law firms to send more work to Bar’

 LIV Media 17 May 2017

Last Friday The Australian published an article suggesting that law firms had been placed on notice and face adverse cost...

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Going it alone
Going it alone

 Karin Derkley 01 May 2017

More options are needed to support a growing number of people having to face court unrepresented. In the County Court, Mark Ballantyne is fighting to save his home after defaulting on what...

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Parents lacking capacity
Parents lacking capacity

 Siobhan Mansfield 01 Apr 2017

There is a need for legislative clarity regarding the role and impact of litigation guardians. Vu entered a Thai refugee centre as a child. While there, she was violently raped and became...

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