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LIV responds to RIS and Practising Certificate fees

LIV responds to RIS and Practising Certificate fees

By LIV

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The Law Institute of Victoria welcomes the release of the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) on Practising Certificate (PC) fees, which is an important stage in the process to set the cost of PC fees for lawyers in Victoria.

The LIV believes the cost of regulation of lawyers in Victoria is already too high, when compared with other jurisdictions, and opposes any major increases to PC fees.

The regulator of lawyers in Victoria, the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner (VLSB+C), has proposed four options for the long-term future of PC fees. The options are being considered through the RIS process as part of the proposed Legal Profession Uniform Law Application (Practising Certificate Fees) Regulations 2017.

The LIV is closely examining all options and how they will impact lawyers. We’re pleased the Victorian government and the VLSB+C have listened to the concerns raised by the LIV about the cost of Practising Certificates.

The LIV looks forward to taking part in the consultation process for the RIS and to stand up on behalf of lawyers and consumers that may have to pay more in Victoria.

 


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