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LIV Council update

LIV Council update

By LIV Media

Communication Leadership 


The LIV Council meets 12 times a year to consider matters of importance to members, the legal profession and the community.

At the 27 September meeting:

Council confirmed Adam Awty as CEO of the LIV following an extensive search process. Mr Awty had been acting in the role for the previous three months. The Council welcomed him to the organisation.

Council received an update on the LIV’s new home at 140 William Street. The main contractor has been engaged and fit-out of the two floors is progressing. It is anticipated the LIV will move in mid-December, after which there will be opportunities for members to see the new accommodation at open days.

Mr Awty gave the CEO’s report, a feature of every Council meeting, providing operational updates for the month.

In his report, Mr Awty confirmed Victoria Legal Services Board funding for 2018-19 has been approved and the desire of both organisations for a strategic partnership into the future; noted the LIV president Belinda Wilson and he had met with Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula and discussed key issues effecting the Victorian legal profession.  He updated the Council on ongoing discussions with PEXA in relation to issues being experienced by members. PEXA has agreed to a town hall meeting at the LIV on 25 October and members are encouraged to attend to raise issues and concerns they have with the new digital system of property transfer.

Council was briefed on new LIV initiatives –, a website for job seekers and employers, securing LIJ, YLJ and other online content for LIV members only and the introduction of a wellbeing award at the 15th Victorian Legal Awards in 2019.

Council was given an update on the LIV member engagement survey which closes on 15 October. Members are encouraged to have their voice heard by completing the survey. The LIV Council and management welcome hearing from members at this pivotal time for the LIV.

Council received and approved the 2017-18 auditors’ report, the financial reports and the directors’ report. A draft of the 2017-18 annual report was considered by the Council and this will be released to members online on 29 October.

The LIV election is in full swing and members are encouraged to vote. Online voting opens on 29 October and closes 14 November. There are seven vacancies to be filled. The annual general meeting is scheduled for 21 November at the LIV, when successful candidates will be declared elected.

Three nominations to the Firearms Appeals Committee were put forward and a decision by the state government is expected by the end of October.

Council approved merging the Discrimination Law Committee and the Employment and Industrial Relations Committee, a beneficial arrangement consolidating input and resourcing.

Council was given an update on the LIV strategic plan, with work continuing on the process.

October’s LIV Council meeting will be held in conjunction with the Southern Solicitors. LPLC CEO Justin Toohey is guest speaker.

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