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LIV HQ on the move

LIV HQ on the move

By Belinda Wilson

A New Home 


One of two floors in the William Street building will be for members.

The LIV is moving to a new home at 140 William Street in the heart of Melbourne’s legal precinct, offering modern facilities and services for members.

The move signals the start of an exciting era for the LIV. Our new accommodation offers state-of-the-art meeting rooms, event space and facilities for members, a new way of working for our staff and ongoing service to the community.

The LIV will be on levels 12 and 13 in the 140 William Street building, and we expect to move into the new office in December. Members will enjoy excellent, fit-for-purpose facilities as part of their member home in the CBD.

We are designing a dedicated member floor on level 13, which includes the library and bookshop, conference and meeting rooms, quiet areas and webcast facilities. The conference facilities and meeting room space will be excellent for CPD programs and events.

Our colleagues from around Melbourne and regional areas will be able to come into the LIV office and use these facilities. It will be like having their own office in the city. The LIV Council believes this will be a significant benefit for members.

Staff will be on level 12 working in open-plan space with meeting rooms and quiet work areas. Supported open plan space creates opportunities for teamwork, collaboration and innovation in the workplace. We can have better communication with colleagues and it helps to break-down barriers.

The design ensures staff have dedicated space to do their jobs. They will have the same usable desk space that they have today and when they need quiet space for meetings and confidential work there are meeting rooms to use.

Being member-centric is our priority. I know from my many conversations with members in the city and regional areas that you want the LIV to focus on member value and continue to make a difference for the profession. This is absolutely front of mind for the LIV Council. We’ll provide more information about the LIV’s new home and the services available to members in coming months.

Light on: New LIV members facilities will cover one floor of the 140 William Street building 

The move coincides with the LIV’s 160th anniversary in March next year, so it will be a memorable period in our history.

It is pleasing that the state government’s budget promises around providing more support and resources for our courts are coming to fruition. Members would have seen a number of recent appointments to the Magistrates’, County and Supreme Courts. This is very welcome and we look forward to more appointments and additional resources and infrastructure upgrades. Council members and I have taken part in official court welcomes for some of the new magistrates and judges.

Thank you to the members – including many of the 1350 members involved in around 90 committees and working groups – who have contributed to the LIV Call to Parties election paper we are finalising, which outlines the critical issues the LIV believes the political parties should address as we head to the Victorian state election in November. Our Call to Parties covers key areas such as access to justice, court resourcing and services, metropolitan and regional legal infrastructure, health and wellbeing, property issues and judicial independence and more. Full details will be in next month’s LIJ and we will be advocating our positions on these important issues to the profession with the major parties and MPs.

Spring has arrived and the AFL finals are kicking off or, if you prefer, the MoMA exhibition continues at the National Gallery of Victoria. It is a great time of year in Victoria. There are so many events and activities in Melbourne and around the state. We should take some time to enjoy and participate in these events and exhibitions and take a break from our busy professional lives.

We are more aware than ever about the need for downtime and turning off from work. It is so important that practitioners get a mental break. A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body.


Belinda Wilson

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