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Will joining your professional association help your career?

19 Apr 2012

Apart from the strength in numbers which comes from being one of more than 15,000 members of the LIV, what’s in it for you? For any professional, choosing to become a member of your relevant association can be a significant career booster. While networking is a big benefit of joining any professional association, some LIV award-winning practitioners share some of the benefits of their membership.

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Are kids really running wild or are they just fare dodgers?

12 Apr 2012

The Sentencing Advisory Council (SAC) landmark report “Sentencing Children and Young People” will provide a wealth of factual information to guide government and policy makers. Depending which daily paper you read, you could have been alarmed -“Our Kids Run Wild” (Herald Sun 12 April) or reassured that most offences are minor - “Fare dodging forms bulk of youth court cases” (The Age 12 April). While both articles accurately report the statistics, the report provides a different emphasis.

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Can you balance a life in law with health & well-being? 3 practical tips to get you started…

05 Apr 2012

Over the Easter break, I urge members to undertake a stock take of their health and wellbeing to ensure they are “fit for practice”. Lawyers are over represented in studies of depression in profession and we know from our membership statistics that many lawyers, particularly young women, become disillusioned with their career and leave.

The LIV is running a three-part personal sustainability series beginning this month, targeted at young lawyers (though all are welcome). It will aim to give practitioners the tools to deal with common issues affecting their work performance and personal wellbeing.

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Supreme Court considers what is “Ordinary legal work”

29 Mar 2012

The Supreme Court of Victoria has, again, been asked to consider what constitutes “legal work”. In Dr Claire Noone, Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria v Peter Mericka & Ors [2012] VSC 101, handed down this week,  the court looked at issues including whether a legal practitioner was exempted from being required to hold a real estate licence when carrying on some aspects of work usually undertaken by Real  Estate Agents.

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Think that changes to the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) don’t affect you? You’re probably wrong…

22 Mar 2012

The LIV is very concerned about recent technical glitches experienced with the PPSR, particularly with migration issues. These glitches open lawyers to the risk of not obtaining clear title if they don’t undertake extensive steps and checks. The impact of the new PPSR system is widespread and technically detailed. To assist members the LIV has scheduled a series of seminars, starting Monday, on this critical issue.

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9 Tips to make your life in law more enjoyable & rewarding

22 Mar 2012

Yesterday the LIV Young Lawyers’ Section ran the New Lawyers Orientation seminar as part its commitment to support new lawyers on their professional journey. Part of this seminar was a session titled ’45 tips in 45 minutes’ where a panel of experienced young lawyers provided practical, realistic tips on how to get your career in law off to a good start.

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9 Tips to make your life in law more enjoyable & rewarding

22 Mar 2012

Yesterday the LIV Young Lawyers’ Section ran the New Lawyers Orientation seminar as part its commitment to support new lawyers on their professional journey. Part of this seminar was a session titled ’45 tips in 45 minutes’ where a panel of experienced young lawyers provided practical, realistic tips on how to get your career in law off to a good start.

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Human Rights Charter gets a welcome reprieve

15 Mar 2012

There was a collective sigh of relief from many lawyers on Wednesday this week when the Victorian government tabled its response on the future of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

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Why are we losing some of our best and brightest women in the law?

08 Mar 2012

Current and former women working in the law are being urged to undertake a Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission survey (humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au/womeninthelaw) into sex discrimination in the profession.

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Top 5 tips to become a more productive lawyer

01 Mar 2012

One of the most engaging sessions at the LIV Conference of Council last weekend was our “45 Tips in 45 minutes session: Essential practical tips for busy practitioners, building greater efficiencies”. We are all time poor, but little things can help give more structure and efficiency to our working day. I’ll break it down even more for you. Here are my personal top 5 tips….

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LIV Conference of Council – What are the big issues for lawyers in 2012?

23 Feb 2012

The LIV is hosting our annual Conference of Council on Sunday and Monday to address key legal and practitioner issues for the year ahead. Our council members will be joined by suburban and country law association representatives, section chairs and representatives, interstate law associations and guests including Victorian Attorney General Robert Clark.

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Accredited Specialist qualification gives lawyers a winning advantage

16 Feb 2012

Lawyers keen to gain a competitive advantage should consider undertaking the LIV Accredited Specialisation program.

The program allows our members to differentiate themselves in their area of specialty. It also gives the public, and the profession a way to identify those with a particular competence and enhanced skills.

I met with the Accredited Specialisation Board this week. I can see that our program is gaining in popularity and recognition of its value to participants.

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New study reveals concerning data on lawyers' retirement plans

09 Feb 2012

Macquarie’s 2011 Legal Benchmarking Survey has identified that 30% of legal principals surveyed are desirous of retiring within the next three years. The “Mood, Life & Money – Macquarie Insights” study, released this week, found that while more than 25 per cent of business owners recognise the value in engaging with a specialist to help them build their business, fewer than one in 10 actively seeks out specialist advice. Succession planning is an issue that is at the forefront for the LIV this year.

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How the Personal Property Securities Act could affect your practice and your clients

02 Feb 2012

This week not only marked the start of the new legal year, but also the implementation of a regime which will affect many lawyers whose practices include drawing up contracts of sale involving personal property.

Members’ attention is drawn to the provisions of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) which came into effect on Monday 30 January 2012.

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Risks of social media for lawyers & how to manage them

25 Jan 2012

As a 'newbie' to social media I am acutely aware of the opportunities and risks of tweeting, blogging and LinkedIn discussions. My platform this year is ”communicate, inspire and benefit”, so I encourage more in our profession to get the most out of social media and online networking. There are plenty of good online resources and the LIV runs training courses to assist members. 

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