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LIV congratulates 53 new Accredited Specialists

LIV congratulates 53 new Accredited Specialists

By LIV Media


The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) recognised the accomplishments of 53 new Accredited Specialists across four practice areas at a virtual conferral ceremony last night.

LIV Accredited Specialisation is a nationally recognised certification indicating practitioners’ standing as an expert in their field.

Lawyers are eligible to participate in the Accredited Specialist Program to undertake further study in their chosen area after more than five years practice. Before being recognised as Accredited Specialists, they must also successfully complete rigorous assessments which are marked by independent examiners.

Newly reappointed LIV president Tania Wolff congratulated each of the successful candidates.

“Congratulations to each and every one of our newly minted Accredited Specialists,” Ms Wolff said.

“This nationally recognised accreditation is an acknowledgement of the superior knowledge, skills, and passion you bring to your area of law.”

With the conferral of these Accredited Specialists, there are now 1144 in Victoria, across 16 areas of law.

Many successful candidates estimated they spent in excess of 100 hours preparing and undertaking assessments to attain their Accredited Specialisation.

Of the new cohort, 67% are female, an increase from 56% in previous years.

Sixty-eight percent of this cohort also practice outside Melbourne’s CBD, also a notable increase from 49% in previous years.

“I commend you for your extraordinary effort over the course of this particularly difficult and challenging COVID-19 year.” Ms Wolff said.

The LIV president also thanked members of the Specialisation Board and advisory committees for volunteering their time.

“A lot of time and effort also goes in to developing and marking these assessments and I thank the committee for thank those members of the committee and the board who gave their time to make this program happen,” Ms Wolff said.

“In particular I’d like to recognise the wonderful work of Philip Colman and Mark Woods who are stepping off the Specialisation Board.”

The LIV and the Specialisation Board congratulate the following practitioners who attained LIV Accredited Specialisation in 2021:

Family Law

  • Brynne Jaques Allen
  • Matthew Beckmans
  • Amelia Beveridge
  • Michael Boal
  • Annelis Bos
  • Vanessa Camerlengo
  • Radu Catrina
  • Graham Chambers
  • Lynete Cox
  • Claire Cunnington
  • Samuel David
  • Amanda Emilie Di Placido
  • Lauren Dunning
  • Alisha Jane Edwards
  • David John Gale
  • Melissa Hine
  • Katalin Elizabeth Lello
  • Amelia Leyden
  • Chanel Martin
  • Natasha Mastroianni
  • Nicholas John McBride
  • James Michael Stanton McHale
  • Shalini Mendis
  • Carmelina Josephine Bianchi Morrison
  • Andrew Patrick O'Sullivan-Newbold
  • Carol Ann Pages
  • Mikarla Perisic
  • Deborah Sim
  • Shai Sommer
  • Natalia Todorovic
  • Elisa Turco
  • Jessica Wynd
  • Ashley Brooke Taylor
  • Caroline Khoury

Personal Injury Law

  • Skye Collin
  • Katerina Patras
  • Linda Hanley
  • Amy Johnstone
  • Aleksandar Koteski
  • Patricia McMullan
  • Ivana Pajic
  • Samuel Pearce
  • Meghan Jane Sheehan
  • Sarah Dorothy Sorrell
  • Brittaney Webb
  • Leah O'Keefe

Property Law

  • Mark Burrows
  • Ying Dai
  • Ben Franklin
  • Kristy Muhlhan

Tax Law

  • Russell Krupp
  • Jeffrey Chung
  • Carlos Barros

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