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LIV hosts law societies, LCA

LIV hosts law societies, LCA

By Karin Derkley

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Leaders of the legal profession across Australia are coming together at the Law Institute of Victoria for a meeting of the Council of Law Societies.  

Presidents and CEOs of Law Societies are meeting at the LIV’s headquarters at 140 William Street today.

On Saturday, the LIV plays host to a meeting of the Law Council of Australia, the national peak body for lawyers in Australia.

LIV president Stuart Webb said the meetings are an opportunity for the leaders of the profession to share ideas and best practices. “We’re excited to be hosting the law societies and the LCA,” he said.

Topics that will be discussed with include encouraging a proper investment by the Federal Government through the Legal Aid National Partnership Agreement, due to be agreed in mid-2020. Victorian Legal Services Board CEO Fiona McLeay will be presenting early findings from VLSB+C sexual harassment survey to the Presidents, and discussing ways in which the law societies can work together to combat this practice.

Also being discussed at the conference is the UN Singapore Convention On Mediation, recently signed up to by 46 countries. The convention focuses on increasing the enforceability of settlement agreements that arise out of mediation.  The Law Societies are keen for Australia to sign up to the convention, which already includes the US and China.

Issues that will be discussed at the LCA meeting are matters of policy affecting the national profession, including a discussion of the definition of pro bono work, a review of the Australian solicitor conduct rules, and a discussion about the challenges for law in the Asian region, including in Hong Kong.

LIV CEO Adam Awty has been involved in training for CEOs. He said it was important that law societies across the country shared resources in order to be as effective as possible as a national profession.


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