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LIV celebrates 160th anniversary with new office opening

LIV celebrates 160th anniversary with new office opening

By LIV Media

A New Home Workplace 

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Victorian Attorney-General the Hon. Jill Hennessy officially opened the LIV’s new home at 140 William Street on Thursday 4 April. The opening signalled a new era for the LIV and celebrated the LIV’s 160th year.

The LIV is the oldest law society in Australia, proudly celebrating its 160th anniversary in March this year.

Located in the heart of the legal precinct, the design of the new LIV headquarters reflects the changing needs of Victoria’s legal profession as well as honouring the rich and varied history of the LIV and its members.

LIV president Stuart Webb said ensuring that LIV members feel comfortable to work, learn and interact has been key in designing the new LIV office.

“Our new home is all about connecting with members. Our goal is to provide a comfortable space for our members to conduct business, learn, and relax, as well as providing modern facilities for our staff.

“We want members to drop in next time they are in the neighbourhood and treat the place like a home away from home. I am especially keen for suburban and regional practitioners who don’t practise in the city to come by and use the facilities.

“We want these premises to be available for all members to use while waiting for court, as a respite between meetings, or to visit the bookshop or library,” Mr Webb said.

The design for the new LIV HQ is based on direct feedback from LIV members and staff, with a focus on modern fittings and facilities, open spaces and an abundance of natural light.

LIV staff are located on level 12, while level 13 has been designed exclusively for LIV members. Level 13 is home to the LIV bookshop, library, boardroom, multiple meeting and conference rooms – which can hold upwards of 120 people – members lounge, wellbeing room and kitchen with complimentary refreshments.

A historical timeline of the LIV features on a wall on the member’s floor, showcasing the achievements of the Victorian legal profession and the LIV dating from the arrival of Melbourne’s first solicitor Joseph Gellibrand. Members and visitors can also learn more about the history of the LIV through an interactive screen profiling every president since the LIV’s humble beginnings in March 1859 at the Mitre Tavern.

Mr Webb thanked GrayPuksand architecture and design for providing the purpose-built facilities.

“We are proud to officially welcome LIV members and members of Victoria’s legal profession to our new home,” he said.

The official opening on 4 April was attended by 20 past LIV presidents, regional and suburban law association representatives, LIV section chairs as well as legal and political VIPs.


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