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On a mission

On a mission

By Nerida Wallace

Advocacy Justice 

Let MPs know what you think. The LIV’s priorities for the state government’s 2018 budget are outlined in this edition. I invite you to undertake your own advocacy by visiting your local Members of Parliament. Leave a copy of the LIJ on the coffee table and tweet a photograph of your visit with a link to the LIV’s webpage. Our shared mission of justice for all stands and this year, an election year, our politicians are listening. The views of the Property and Environmental Law Section on the future of the land titles registry have been heard. Your association is working for you this year and you can take advantage as a member to push messages home. The sale board is up on our office at 470 Bourke Street. If you visit you will find displays showing possible accommodation for members in the future. You will be asked your thoughts. Many members need a place in the CBD to talk to clients and to converse with others via video links. The LIV will carefully review the financial implications of any sale. Talk to LIV Council members about how you want to see any sale proceeds allocated. In January, I met with new Legal Services Commissioner Fiona McLeay. A new era is starting for Victorian lawyers and the LIV will play a greater role in professional standards while our regulator, the Victorian Legal Service Board, looks to more complex issues facing consumers and practitioners alike. This is welcome and fits with trends around the world. Professions are taking on greater responsibilities in keeping standards high. Speaking of standards, I had the great pleasure of receiving a signed copy of the new edition of an old favourite, Lewis & Kyrou’s Handy Hints On Legal Practice, 4th edition (by Gordon Lewis, Emilios Kyrou and Nuwan Dias). Get a copy and find out how to handle any legal practice situation, including how to learn from mistakes. If you have not already registered for the March CPD Intensive, do so. Online training is available as well. As always feel free to contact me any time. Nerida Wallace LIV CEO Email:

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