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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.


Reprimands for solicitor who plagiarised articles and falsified resume September 15, 2016

A Melbourne sole practitioner, who falsified his credentials when applying for a job, has been found guilty of professional misconduct.

The Victorian Legal Services Commissioner brought two charges of professional misconduct against Mr Matthew Karakoulakis after an investigation discovered he had falsified his resume when applying for a job in 2014.

The Commissioner told the Victorian Civil (more…)

‘Breath-taking lack of candour’ by solicitor leads to suspension of practice September 14, 2016

A Mornington Peninsula solicitor has been suspended from legal practice for five months after charging an elderly client almost $100,000 in commissions without entitlement or the client’s consent.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal found sole practitioner, Mr Peter Ng of HMK Legal, had charged his client commissions for managing her financial assets, but had failed to inform her that he was charging commissions.

In 2007 Mr Ng prepared an (more…)

Proactive regulation of the Legal Profession in Victoria

The Board and Commissioner have published an overview of the proactive legal regulatory tools used in Victoria. It covers topics such as risk-based regulation, dispute resolution, the Commissioner’s use of determination powers under the Legal Profession Uniform Law, and the Board’s policy on disclosing mental health conditions. (more…)

Family violence app wins inaugural Premier’s iAward July 7, 2016

The Victorian Legal Services Board is pleased to congratulate the Domestic Violence Resource Centre (DVRC) on winning the inaugural Victorian Premier’s iAward for Innovation.  The award was presented to the DVRC for their SmartSafe+ app at the Australian Information Industry Association Awards on 29 June.

DVRC developed SmartSafe+ as a free app to help (more…)

‘Breathtakingly foolish’: Solicitor changed court document date to explain missed hearing June 8, 2016

A solicitor who amended the date on a court document to provide an excuse for him missing a hearing has had his practising certificate cancelled for 12 months.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal found Mr John Mingos guilty of two charges of common law misconduct and one of professional misconduct. It found Mr Mingos had changed the date on an Advice of Hearing issued by the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court, and then used that document to mislead his former client, as well as (more…)

Smash repair lawyer found guilty of misconduct for acting without instructions May 24, 2016

A Pascoe Vale solicitor whose law practice issued court proceedings on behalf of a smash repair customer without obtaining instructions has been found guilty of three charges of misconduct.

Mr Nicholas Logan was the former Legal Director and only solicitor of the incorporated legal practice, Express Legal, when the firm purported to act for the owner of a vehicle which received minor damage caused by the owner’s son-in-law.

The vehicle owner signed a document at a smash repairer which included (more…)

Further guidance on overarching obligations under the Civil Procedure Act April 28, 2016

The most recent RPA email bulletin distributed by the Board and Commissioner dealt with reasonable and proportionate costs and a lawyer’s overarching obligations under the Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic). This bulletin generated some requests for further advice about what steps a practitioner might take where a client seeks to litigate a matter on principle with no regard to costs consequences. The following post aims to provide further guidance on that matter. (more…)