Australian National University’ ANUreporter recently published an interview with Dr Liz Curran discussing Health Justice Partnerships, where lawyers work in medical clinics to help patients with health problems that are linked to their legal issues.
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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.
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…)
Residents of the western suburbs will soon be able to get help in dealing with soaring toll road fines.
The Board-funded ‘Health Agency to Court’ project will work with the Werribee Magistrates’ Court, the Wyndham City Council and local (more…)
The Herald Sun recently featured an article on the ‘Read-Along Dads’ program, titled: ‘The programs helping jailed dads start a new chapter’.
Read-Along Dads was funded for three years through (more…)
An article published online in the Australian Financial Review (There is ‘no reason’ to hire foreign lawyers, 19 April 2017) referred to the hiring of foreign lawyers to work in Australia under 457 visas.
The article carried a quote from Mr Michael Bradley, managing partner of Marque Lawyers, who argued there was (more…)
A criminal lawyer who left his client on the eve of his trial without representation, has been banned from practising for 18 months.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal made the order against the Eltham solicitor* after hearing a series of allegations (more…)
A man who pretended to be a lawyer to pursue a debt has been found guilty of unqualified legal practice.
The Ringwood Magistrates’ Court found Mr Travis Davidson guilty of two charges of engaging in unqualified legal practice and one charge of representing an entitlement to engage in legal practice when he was (more…)
A senior associate of a Frankston law firm has been found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct after making baseless allegations in a family law matter.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard that Ms Karen Low had been instructed to send a letter to her client’s estranged husband, who was self-represented in the proceedings.
In the letter Ms Low made a series of statements about the behaviour of (more…)
A solicitor has been banned from legal practice for two years after his law practice repeatedly failed to obtain instructions from its clients before issuing legal proceedings on their behalf.
Mr Nicholas Logan pleaded guilty to seven charges of professional misconduct after one of his legal firms, Express Legal, commenced acting without the client’s instructions, two weeks after promising (more…)
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has reprimanded both a solicitor and his costs lawyer after finding the costs lawyer failed to serve documents before a Court-ordered deadline.
In a unique decision, VCAT reprimanded solicitor Mr Nelson Pinto, legal director of the former incorporated legal practice Pinto Law, and his appointed costs lawyer, Mr Angus Fulton of the (more…)
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has recommended that a Dandenong sole practitioner be struck-off after finding him guilty of billing clients with fake accounts.
Mr Robert Hession, of Hardys Lawyers, was found to have created a series of fictitious statements itemising costs and disbursements to justify (more…)
Youthlaw, Victoria’s state-wide free community legal centre for young people, has produced a video about their Justice Reinvestment project. Titled Justice Reinvestment – What is it? the video helps raise awareness of the benefits of justice reinvestment for (more…)
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has found Reservoir solicitor, Mr James Wise, guilty of professional misconduct for handling trust money without authority, and for misrepresenting an unregistered business as a registered law firm.
The Victorian Legal Services Commissioner told VCAT that in 2012 Mr Wise was banned from (more…)
A Brunswick solicitor who added a provision to a client’s will without her knowledge or consent has been found guilty of professional misconduct.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard sole practitioner, Mr Dino De Marchi of De Marchi & Associates, had been retained to prepare a will for a client which named him as (more…)
RPA News bulletin #31 is available for download (113KB PDF). This edition introduces the discussion paper for practising certificate fees.
A Northern suburbs solicitor who failed to repay money to a third party, despite written assurances he would do so, has been reprimanded by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Mr Nicholas Logan, of the law firm Nick Logan and Co., was found guilty of two charges of professional misconduct and one charge of unsatisfactory professional conduct after his law practice failed to (more…)
A former Northcote solicitor who obstructed a Manager appointed to his law practice has lost a civil penalty action brought against him by the Victorian Legal Services Board.
The solicitor* was found by the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to have obstructed the Manager by failing or refusing to provide information required by law.
The Court heard that the Board appointed a Manager to the solicitor’s practice in October 2015 over concerns about (more…)
A former Caulfield North solicitor, who had had multiple practising certificates cancelled across his career, has been removed from the roll of legal practitioners.
The Supreme Court of Victoria ordered that Mr Jan Horak be removed from the roll after the Victorian Civil and Administrative Authority had earlier cancelled his practising certificate for a third time.
In 2014 VCAT found Mr Horak guilty of seven charges of professional misconduct for (more…)
RPA News bulletin #30 is available for download (361KB PDF). This edition covers practising certificate fee information.