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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.


Solicitor struck off after $25 million fraud on banks October 11, 2017

A former Melbourne solicitor has been struck off after pleading guilty to committing a multi-million dollar fraud against two banks.

Mr Denis Angeleri, formerly of the law practice Angeleri & Co, was struck off by the Supreme Court of Victoria following an application brought by the Victorian Legal Services Board.

The Board told the Court that in May 2015 Mr Angeleri had been found guilty (more…)

Non-lawyer disqualified after falsely claiming legal qualifications

A non-lawyer who falsely claimed to hold legal qualifications when applying for employment has been disqualified from working for any law practice for 10 years.

On 25 May 2017, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal ordered that former Mildura resident Ms Lauren Godridge, now a resident of Hong Kong, was not a fit and proper person to be (more…)

Email scam alert September 29, 2017

The Board and Commissioner has recently learned that Victorian lawyers’ email accounts may currently be the target of hackers.

We have been informed that the email accounts belonging to least two solicitors from different law practices have been compromised, possibly through (more…)

Registrations for first national conference on Health Justice Partnerships July 24, 2017

Registrations are now open for the first national conference on improving health and justice through partnership.

This conference is aimed at:

  • workers in a health justice partnership or are thinking about setting one up;
  • parties interested in research on health, legal needs, integrating human services or building workforce capability; and
  • services which develop policies or deliver funding to fill the gaps in health and human services through which vulnerable communities continually fall.

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Unlicensed solicitor imprisoned for contempt of Court July 3, 2017

The Supreme Court of Victoria has sentenced an unlicensed solicitor to nine months’ imprisonment after finding him guilty of contempt of Court.

The Court found Mr Cameron Telfer had engaged in legal practice without a current practising certificate in defiance of a 2004 Court order made for a similar offence.

Mr Telfer last held a practising certificate in 1996. He was prevented from renewing his certificate based on (more…)

National Health Justice Partnership conference May 12, 2017

National Health Justice Partnership conference

Health Justice Australia are hosting the first national Health Justice Partnership conference in October this year.

The conference will be designed to showcase the impact of health justice partnerships and support best practice in improving access to justice through (more…)