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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.

Professional misconduct for solicitor who failed to adequately assess client’s capacity November 16, 2018

A Hallam sole practitioner who failed to adequately assess his client’s capacity to give instructions has pleaded guilty to professional misconduct.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard that in February 2014, solicitor Mr Mark Bramich prepared an enduring power of attorney (financial) and an enduring power of attorney (medical) for his elderly client. The client’s son-in-law and granddaughter were appointed as joint financial attorneys, and  (more…)

Writing directly to judicial officer without involving opponents is inappropriate conduct November 9, 2018

A veteran solicitor, who repeatedly sent correspondence to a Magistrate without including the opposing solicitor, has been reprimanded by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Mornington Peninsula solicitor, Mr Michael Gullquist, was found guilty of professional misconduct after he sent a series of letters directly to the Magistrate between appearances before the NSW Local Court. The letters were not sent to the opposing solicitor as (more…)

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…)