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Home truths
Home truths

 Ashlea Hawkins 01 Mar 2018

Only 8 per cent of households would meet the means test for legal aid...

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Solving commercial problems
Solving commercial problems

 Steve White 01 Mar 2018

In a real example the use of arbitration was successful in resolving a dispute...

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Tips to maximise your costs recovery
Tips to maximise your costs recovery

 LIV Professional Development 26 Feb 2018

The LIV’s legal costings team is often asked “how do I maximise costs recovery?” Unfortunately, this is usually asked after the hard work is done and proceedings have been finalised...

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High Court judgments
High Court judgments

 Andrew Yuile 01 Feb 2018

Constitutional law - Section 44(i) – Parliamentary Elections – qualification to be elected. In Re Canavan; Re Ludlam; Re Waters; Re Roberts [No 2]; Re Joyce; Re Nash; Re Xenophon [2017] HCA 45 (27 October 2017) the High Court considered...

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Federal Court judgments
Federal Court judgments

 Dan Star QC 01 Feb 2018

Constitutional law/Defamation/Practice and Procedure - Trial by jury in the Federal Court? Section 39 of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) (Federal Court Act) provides that civil trials are to be without a jury “unless the...

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Use counsel wisely
Use counsel wisely

 Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee 01 Feb 2018

Think about your approach to accepting work and briefing counsel. LPLC receives claims that can be attributed to practitioners’ over-reliance on, or poor briefing of, a barrister...

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Boost in legal tech projects
Boost in legal tech projects

 Kate Fazio 01 Feb 2018

Not all pro bono hours are equal. The impact of an hour of pro bono work can vary greatly. Creating smart online legal assistance products is a high-impact use of pro bono...

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Ensuring insurance works
Ensuring insurance works

 Andrew Proebstl 01 Feb 2018

A code of practice is being developed to improve insurance offerings within superannuation...

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Law Council of Australia: Future in focus for 2018
Law Council of Australia: Future in focus for 2018

 Morry Bailes 01 Feb 2018

The LCA will continue to advocate vigorously at a federal level to achieve positive reform. The future of access to justice in the rural, regional and remote communities will also be a priority...

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Why apologise?
Why apologise?

 Legal Practitioner's Liability Committee 01 Dec 2017

If you make a mistake in a civilised society it is expected that you will apologise to the wronged person. This protocol often falls down when insurance is involved because many people equate an apology and an admission of liability...

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Power of attorney
Power of attorney

 Russell Cocks 01 Dec 2017

Property lawyers often come across a power of attorney in practice and understanding the obligations of an attorney is important...

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Working on wills
Working on wills

 Georgia Murphy-Haste 01 Dec 2017

Since 2016, Sparke Helmore has provided wills clinics for Aboriginal people in rural and regional Australia. The initiative was established to address the concern that around 70 per cent of burial disputes...

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Protected under the Evidence Act?
Protected under the Evidence Act?

 Jessica Andreacchio 01 Dec 2017

We should be mindful of what information is disclosed during, and outside of, settlement negotiations. Section 131 of the Evidence Act 2008 (Vic) sets out the exclusion of evidence in relation to settlement negotiations...

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Age of reason
Age of reason

 Jade Murphy 01 Dec 2017

Intelligence, resilience and aptitude can be found in all ages. On 1 July this year, I was appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal as a full-time member. My role involves...

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Three mistakes lawyers make in legal drafting
Three mistakes lawyers make in legal drafting

 LIV Professional Development 24 Nov 2017

Legal drafting is a skill that should be continuously improved upon throughout your career in law. There are always new strategies to be learned, and as with any skill, if it is not used often enough it can grow stale... 

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