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…)
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.
We are so proud of the transformational work that has been undertaken by (more…)
Managed Investment Schemes: Commencement of Uniform Law prohibition for the legal profession July 4, 2018
Law practices in Victoria are no longer permitted to operate or promote managed investment schemes.
Section 258 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law came into force on 1 July 2018 in both Victoria and NSW; its commencement (more…)
Call for expressions of interest – Students to build legal services app for not-for-profit organisations June 29, 2018
Students in the Melbourne Law School subject ‘Law Apps’ build and release web-based apps for not-for-profit organisations, addressing (more…)
The Castan Centre for Human Rights is launching their findings from an exhaustive investigation into the education of children with disability in Victoria’s mainstream government schools. The report, ‘Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with a Disability in Victoria’, is based on (more…)
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…)
The Law Council of Australia (LCA) recently conducted a review into the Australian Solicitor’s Conduct Rules.
In February 2018 the Legal Services Council endorsed the consultation discussion paper released by the LCA. Comments were invited from the public, with submissions requested by 31 May 2018.
The Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner have made a submission to the review, which is available for download.
The Board welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement that it is committing $1.6m in funding for 8 Health-Justice Partnerships across Victoria. 7 of these funded projects started life with funding from the Board’s Grants Program.
For further information, see the Government announcement.
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…)
The Victorian Electoral Commission has announced the official results of the 2018 Board election. The results were published this morning in the Victorian Government Gazette and name (more…)
A business owner who advertised legal services and represented a parent in a family law matter, has been found guilty of unqualified legal practice.
The defendant appeared before the Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court in February 2018, after being charged by the Victorian Legal Services Board with (more…)
The candidates for the 2018 Board election have now been finalised by the Victorian Electoral Commission.
The list of candidates can be found on the Victorian Electoral Commission website.
The Legal Services Council has released draft changes to Schedule 2 cl. 5 of the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015 for public consultation. Schedule 2 of the Rules outlines the practical legal training competencies for entry-level lawyers.
For further information visit the Legal Services Council website.
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…)
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…)
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…)
The Legal Services Council is calling for submissions on the Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules consultation discussion paper, as developed by the Law Council of Australia.
The consultation period is open until (more…)
Victoria Law Foundation is offering grants for Law Week 2018 events. You can apply for a Law Week Grant of up to $3000 (excl. GST). To be eligible, events must be for the community and delivered during (more…)
RPA News email bulletin #40 is available for download. This bulletin announces the Board’s new policy on granting principal practising certificates after 1 January 2019, and the Board’s guidelines for practice management courses.