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Council: LIV update – Member survey results

Council: LIV update – Member survey results

By Law Institute Journal

Continuing Legal Education Opinions Practice & Procedure 


Member survey results

Staying connected to colleagues and clients, adjusting to new ways of working and dealing with mental strain and stress have been the biggest challenges arising from the COVID-19 outbreak for LIV members, according to an August survey.

Members said they were looking to the LIV over coming months to help them stay on top of government updates and changes, for online provision of professional development programs and to lobby on their behalf on issues of importance to the profession. 

Satisfaction with the LIV has risen significantly since the last member survey in 2018. Significant improvements were cited in the LIV’s reputation, professional development, compliance and practice management support and resources. The LIJ, CPD programs and LawNews were the top three LIV resources used by members. 

While more than half of respondents said their employment status had not changed, 20 per cent said they were working fewer hours per week, while nearly 15 per cent were working more hours. 

More than 80 per cent said they expected a change in their working environment in coming months, 77 per cent expected more virtual contact with clients and 67 per cent said they expected to change from face-to-face to online consumption of business services. Just 2.5 per cent said they did not expect any long term effects. 

LIV CEO Adam Awty said it was gratifying to see the increase in support for the LIV’s products and services over the past two years. “We will use the responses to tailor further support for members, including COVID-19 practice resources and wellbeing and mental health advice, as they move to COVID normal,” he said.

LIV education goes online 

The LIV has been delivering its educational and professional development entirely online since March, providing members with education and training activities during the pandemic lockdown. 

Five LIV conferences were held entirely via Zoom this year: Government Lawyers, Criminal Lawyers, Property Lawyers, Succession Lawyers and the Regional and Suburban Lawyers Conference.

Six practice management courses have been run online since the beginning of the pandemic restrictions. With the help of faculty members, the course was redesigned within a week to make it appropriate to an online setting. Participant numbers have stayed strong despite the online learning environment.

The CPD program started in early November, three months earlier than usual, giving members the chance to spread their compliance activities over a longer period of time. Sessions are available as webinars and also as videos after the VLSB+C permitted these as an eligible CPD activity this year due to the pandemic lockdown. 

Specialist accreditation assessments across eight areas of law also went ahead, with the oral delivery simulation sessions conducted via Zoom rather than in person. The LIV partnered with e-learning provider Elumina to deliver a digital platform that enabled remote invigilation of the written exams. Numbers of participants were up by more than half on last year. ■

LIV Governance
Sam Pandya
Immediate past president
Stuart Webb
Tania Wolff
5th executive member
Meghan Warren
Brendan Lacota
LIV council members    
Rebecca Alexander Caroline Counsel Tom May
Molina Asthana Rachel Cox John McPherson
Caitlin Baker Lauren Crome John Toohey
Tom Ballantyne Majella Foster-Jones  
Gerry Bean Tim Freeman  


Law Association Presidents
Ballarat & District Law Association
Toby Permezel 5329 1208
North West Suburbs Lawyers’ Association
David Gonzalez 9379 7306
Bendigo Law Association
Juliana Smith 5444 1181
North West Victoria Law Association
Ryan Maddox 5021 6200
Eastern Suburbs Law Association
Zubair Mian 9888 5885
Northern Suburbs Law Association
Antonella Terranova 9432 0266
Geelong Law Association
Aaron Jolly 5222 2077
Southern Solicitors Law Association
Celina Roth 9592 7744
Gippsland Law Association
Nicola Gilford 5174 6311
Western District Law Association
Jessica Dowdy 5572 1600
Goulburn Valley Law Association
Charles Hart 5820 0200
Western Suburbs Law Association
Danielle Leo 9334 6803
Mornington Peninsula Lawyers Association
John Oswald-Jacobs 9225 7333
Wimmera Law Association
Patrick Smith 5381 2222
North East Law Association
Amanda Toner 5752 1493
To find out more about LIV governance and representation or to contact LIV Council members see or phone the secretary to the Council on 9607 9513 or email
About the LIV: The LIV represents about 19,000 lawyers and people working in the law in Victoria, interstate and overseas. Our members offer their commitment, diversity and expertise to help shape the laws of Victoria and to ensure a strong legal profession for the future. The LIV promotes justice for all advancing social and public welfare in the operation of the courts and legal system as well as advancing education and public confidence both in the legal profession and in the processes by which the law is made and administered. As the peak body for the Victorian legal profession, the LIV initiates programs to support the needs of a changing profession, promotes an active law reform advocacy agenda, responds publicly to issues affecting the profession and broader community, delivers continuing legal education programs, and continues to provide expert services and resources to support our members.


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