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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.


External Examiners reporting update January 29, 2018

At its last meeting on 19 December 2017, the Legal Services Council determined that, from 1 January 2018, an External Examiner must give a written report of an examination to the designated local regulatory authority (DLRA) by 31 May each year, unless (more…)

Scam alert: invoices sent to clients for payments to third-party companies (update) December 15, 2017

The Board and Commissioner are aware of a new sophisticated scam using the credibility of large law firms to try to extract money from companies.

The scam involves an invoice being sent to the accounts department of a company via a fake email address of one of the company’s staff members (for example, the CFO). The email instructs the accounts department to pay an invoice for legal work purportedly provided by a reputable law firm. (more…)

Former lawyer breached own undertaking to never practise again December 14, 2017

A former Eastern Suburbs solicitor has been found guilty of unqualified legal practise, six years after giving an undertaking to never seek a practising certificate again.

On 21 November 2017, Mr John Leo Lawrence appeared before the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court where the Victorian Legal Services Board told the Court Mr Lawrence was not licensed to practise law.

Mr Lawrence had not held a practising certificate since (more…)

Board-funded health-justice program receives award December 7, 2017

Justice Connect’s Seniors Law program, together with health services provider cohealth, have been honoured with an award for their health-justice partnership.

Health Minister, The Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, presented JusticeConnect and cohealth with the ‘Improving Health Equity Award’ at the 2017 VicHealth awards on 5 December.

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LSB Online outage – Thursday 30 November – Monday 4 December November 28, 2017

LSB Online, the Board’s portal for lawyers and law practices, will be undergoing a major infrastructure upgrade from Thursday 30 November.

As a result, LSB Online will be unavailable for practising certificate applications/variations and transfers of funds from law practice SDAs into Trust.

Law practices requiring transfers into Trust are encouraged to complete these transfers prior to close of business Thursday 30 November.

We anticipate LSB Online will be available from Monday 4 December.