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LIV Submission on VLSB+C PC Fees Discussion Paper

LIV Submission on VLSB+C PC Fees Discussion Paper

By Barton Wu

Practising Certificate Uniform Laws 

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In January 2017, the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner (VLSB+C) published a Discussion Paper on its Review of Lawyers’ Practising Certificate Fees (PC Fees), which outlined potential options for the setting of PC Fees.

On 31 March 2017, the LIV provided its formal, comprehensive submission (the Submission) in response to the Discussion Paper.

The Submission raised concerns about:

  • the cost of legal profession regulation in Victoria;
  • the level of proposed increases to PC Fees; and
  • inadequacies in the consultation and RIS process to date, including limitations of the Discussion Paper.

The Submission also incorporated feedback from members, provided through the LIV PC Fees Survey, which resulted in 12 key findings on how the proposed options would impact on Victorian legal practitioners, their clients, the Victorian economy and society.

Lastly, the Submission made 4 recommendations, including the preservation of current fee units and PC tiers, and an independent review of the broader Victorian legal profession regulatory framework.

Read the full submission (PDF)


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