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RPA News

RPA News is a blog published by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner. It is used to inform the lawyers and the public about the following:

  • changes to the regulatory regime, including legislation and regulations
  • disciplinary decisions handed down by VCAT or the courts
  • special events and public announcements
  • new resources available on this website, and
  • any other information we believe is relevant to lawyers and the public.

Please note: blog entries discussing disciplinary action are published by the Commissioner in line with the Commissioner’s long-standing objective to educate the legal profession. By publicising disciplinary outcomes, the Commissioner intends for lawyers to compare their conduct and business practices with those highlighted by VCAT and the courts. This will in turn assist lawyers to comply with the requirements of the Legal Profession Uniform Law and the expectations of consumers and the wider legal profession.


Reprimand for lawyer who lodged improper caveat September 12, 2018

A Prahran solicitor has been reprimanded after he lodged a caveat over a property when he did not have the proper basis to do so.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal found the solicitor had lodged a caveat over a property belonging to his client’s mother, after the mother agreed to pay her daughter’s legal fees.

The Victorian Legal Services Commissioner told VCAT that the solicitor had acted without ensuring (more…)

Living Free project launched in Frankston

Victorian Legal Services Commissioner, Fiona McLeay, alongside Director of the Centre for Innovative Justice, Rob Hulls, launched the Living Free Project last week.  Funded in our grant 2017 round, this innovative project utilises (more…)

New report: Small Claims, Large Battles June 8, 2018

The Victorian Legal Services Commissioner, Fiona McLeay, was honoured to speak at the launch of the Women’s Legal Service report, Small Claims, Large Battles in May.  The report presents the findings from their 18 month project investigating the experiences of vulnerable women as they seek fair financial outcomes through the family law system. (more…)

Lawyer struck off after trust account breaches, false invoices May 21, 2018

The Supreme Court of Victoria has ordered a former Dandenong lawyer, Mr Robert Anthony Hession, be removed from the Victorian roll of lawyers.

The Victorian Legal Services Commissioner told the Court that Mr Hession had been banned from legal practice in late 2016 after he had been found guilty of 13 charges of professional misconduct. The Commissioner explained that the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal found Mr Hession had (more…)