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Practice notes
Practice notes

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jul 2016

The family law fees payable in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court are changing from 1 July 2016 as a result of the biennial increase. The “latest news section on the websites have been updated...

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LIV Library
LIV Library

 LIV Library 01 Jul 2016

LIV Members may borrow library material for 14 days, with a one week renewal available unless reserved by a member. Items can be collected from the library, posted or sent via DX free of charge. Material including the location REF...

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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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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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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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Strategy is more important than technology
Strategy is more important than technology

 Ian Bloomfield 01 Jun 2016

Legal firms need a vision. Having a business strategy and an IT strategy are starting points for achieving that vision and will enable firms to determine their technology needs and priorities...

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A helping hand
A helping hand

 Katie Miller and Jason Leonard 01 Jun 2016

Technology has been changing the legal profession for decades – tape archives in the 1980s, online case and legislation databases in the 1990s, electronic discovery in the 2000s...

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Material witness conflict
Material witness conflict

 Ethics Committee 01 Jun 2016

Ethical dilemmas are part of everyday practice for solicitors. The LIV Ethics Committee is available to help. A solicitor is not prohibited from acting in proceedings where it has not been established...

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Old claims and new building laws
Old claims and new building laws

 Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee 01 Jun 2016

The LPLC sees claims every year where practitioners have failed to properly advise a client about building issues. Some claims arise at the beginning...

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Targeting organised crime
Targeting organised crime

 VLRC 01 Jun 2016

Organised crime is a recurring topic for the legal profession, law enforcement agencies and policy makers. It is now recognised that organised crime groups have made the infiltration of lawful occupations...

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Withholding tax to recoup CGT
Withholding tax to recoup CGT

 Russell Cocks 01 Jun 2016

All sales of real estate over $2 million made after 1 July 2016 will be presumed to be made by a foreign resident and therefore be liable to a 10 per cent withholding payment unless the vendor obtains a clearance certificate...

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Fast money at a cost
Fast money at a cost

 Vittorio Casamento 01 Jun 2016

Lawyers can help clients who find themselves with a payday loan that has breached financial regulations. Payday loans derive their name from the fact that the loan and interest payments are made via direct debit from...

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Harnessing student power
Harnessing student power

 Brendan Lacota 01 Jun 2016

Community lawyers and not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) are constantly stretched to meet expanding demand for services. With increasing budget pressure...

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Our changing relationship  with software
Our changing relationship with software

 Paul Gray 01 Jun 2016

All those promises of data security offered by software vendors might not be as ironclad as they appear. Public sensitivity about privacy and the protection of personal data is at an all-time high...

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