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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.


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…)

Victorian Legal Services Board election 2018 – Call for nominations February 28, 2018

In April this year all Victorian lawyers will have the opportunity to vote for who will represent them on the Victorian Legal Services Board until 2022.

Every four years an election is held for one barrister and two solicitors to sit on the Board and contribute to decisions made about legal regulation in this state. The input of the Board’s three lawyer members is vital in guiding how the Board responds to all issues that impact on Victorian lawyers. (more…)

Solicitor reprimanded for contempt of Court February 26, 2018

A solicitor has been reprimanded by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal after being found guilty of contempt of Court.

The Victorian Legal Services Commissioner told VCAT that in 2016 South Yarra solicitor, Mr Michael Witt, had sent an email that the Supreme Court of Victoria had found was likely to be prejudicial to (more…)

External Examiners rule amendment- Legal Services Council February 21, 2018

The Legal Services Council (LSC) is seeking public comment on a draft Uniform General Rule to reinstate the power to revoke the status of external examiners (EE) as designated persons under the Legal Profession Uniform Law.

Under the Uniform Law, the LSC makes rules for carrying out or giving effect to the Uniform Law. Subsection 168(2)(e) states that (more…)