RPA News bulletin #36 is available for download (525KB PDF). This edition discussed the changes to legislation which affect how executors can claim commission or fees from an estate.
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.
The Board’s latest Grants Newsletter has been published. It can be downloaded from the Grants Newsletter page of the website.
The Smart Justice for Young People report, Investing in communities not prisons, explores justice reinvestment and its experience in Australia and internationally. The report includes experiences from many jurisdictions which have faced similar youth justice issues and challenges as Victoria, but looks to (more…)
RPA News bulletin #36 is available for download (401KB PDF). This edition covers the release of the Regulatory Impact Statement for the setting of new practising certificate fees for 2018-19 and beyond. Submissions are now being sought. See also the Review of lawyers’ practising certificate fees page of our website.
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…)
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…)
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…)
Health Justice Partnerships continue to receive well-deserved positive coverage in the media.
ABC Radio National recently broadcast an interview with several people involved in the Health Justice Partnership program being coordinated by (more…)
The Victorian Government has announced today the appointment of Fiona McLeay as the new Victorian Legal Services Board CEO and Victorian Legal Services Commissioner.
Fiona is currently the CEO of Justice Connect, Australia’s largest provider of pro bono legal assistance to people experiencing disadvantage who seek (more…)
The Victorian and New South Wales Attorneys-General have announced the appointment of Ms Megan Pitt as the new Commissioner for Uniform Legal Services Regulation and CEO of the Legal Services Council.
Ms Pitt will commence on a date yet to be announced.
For further information, see the NSW Department of Justice website.
RPA News bulletin #34 is available for download (506kb PDF). This edition covers the correct use of legal titles, specifically the term ‘Principal’.
Recently there has been confusion by some legal practitioners, which has led to the incorrect use the title “principal”.
Under the Uniform Law a principal of a law practice has greater responsibilities and liabilities than an employed legal practitioner. It is important that the title accurately reflects (more…)
The Victorian Legal Services Board Chairperson has announced that Michael McGarvie, the Board CEO and Victorian Legal Services Commissioner since 2009, will step down from his current roles on (more…)
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.
RPA News bulletin #33 is available for download (390KB PDF). This edition covers bad online reviews, and how lawyers can respond if they receive one.
A solicitor who had been found guilty of failing to lodge income tax returns for 11 years has been struck off the roll of legal practitioners.
His Honour Justice McDonald of the Supreme Court of Victoria ordered Mr Morris George Henderson’s name be removed from the roll of legal practitioners maintained by the Court.
The order was made based on (more…)
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…)
The way lawyers’ trust accounts are regulated has changed.
The Victorian Legal Services Board has established a new framework for a risk-based approach to the regulation of trust accounts, including how and when trust accounts are selected for (more…)
RPA News bulletin #31 is available for download (375KB PDF). This edition covers the high proportion of lawyers who have submitted their practising certificate renewal, and a call to action to those who have yet to renew.