Starting a NewLaw firm

August 26, 2016

LIV journalist Karin Derkley speaks to Meda Royall and ScottChamberlain who have both identified opportunities for businesses in thechanging legal landscape and responded to them. Meda is the founder and CEO ofAustralia’s first franchised law firm, Your Law Firm, which deliverspersonalised legal services to local clients based on fixed, transparent fees.Scott is a senior lecturer at ANU’s Legal Workshop in the Masters of LegalPractice, chairman of Chamberlains law firm and founder of Wellspring Legal PtyLtd, a NewLaw firm.



What it’s like to practise in migration law

August 24, 2016

The Migration Institute of Australia president, barrister AngelaJulian-Armitage, and LIV Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law Carina Ford,from Carina Ford Immigration Lawyers, discuss some of the latest cases anddevelopments in migration law. Topics include the recommendation from DrChristopher Kendall that lawyers should be able to offer theirservices entirely independently of the regulatory body for migration matters,which would remove dual regulation for migration lawyers.



What lawyers need to know about Trust Accounting Online

August 16, 2016

When it comes to trust accounting, lawyers are very cautious about moving from one trust account system to another, whether it be going from paper to online or changing software packages. LIV’s resident Trust Accounting Online expert Peter Dosser and the Administrator of the LIV’s Trust Accounting Online software Mia Montagliani discuss some of the most frequently asked questions.


What’s stopping lawyers from using transactional technology when it comes to transferring property?

August 3, 2016

InfoTrackrecently surveyed Australian lawyers about the adoption of new technologies for contracts of sale and settlements around the property market. LIV journalist Karin Derkley and InfoTrack business development manager Jennifer Wadelton discuss the findings and dispel concerns that electronic signatures aren’t enforceable.



Innovators changing the legal sector

July 7, 2016

There’s no doubt that the legal profession is currently going through a period of rapid change. The state of the market post the global financial crisis, fast evolving technology and new legal practice business models that leverage off fixed pricing, flexible working conditions, new technology and outsourcing are having an impact on traditional legal practice. LIV immediate past president Katie Miller talks to two innovators who are changing the legal sector – Moores managing principal David Wells and Property Exchange Australia Limited chief practitioner services officer Ian Hendey.


Foreign resident withholding tax – concerns with the new regime

June 2, 2016

On1 July, a new foreign resident withholding capital gains tax measure will come into effect. Despite its name, this tax measure will affect all Australian tax residents – not just foreign residents – who are involved in property transactions. LIV Council member and King and Wood Mallesons senior associate Cameron Forbes and the Director of Taxation and International Business at Sothertons Melbourne Robert Lissauer discuss some of the concerns and complexities of the new regime and how at times lawyers and accountants will need to work together to assist clients. 


The road to silk

April 22, 2016

In 2015 19 people were appointed silk in Victoria. Just two were women –Michelle Britbart QC and Aine Magee QC. In this podcast, recorded at the LIVWomen in Leadership Conference on 18 April, they share their career journeysand the roadblocks they faced on the way to being appointed QC.


Planning for the unplanned

April 7, 2016

Lawyer and business advisor Judith Bennett and LIV ethics lawyer Michael Dolan discuss the importance of practitioners planning for unexpected situations which may force them to step away from their practice – either temporarily or permanently. They also share key considerations that should be taken into account when making these plans. 


The challenges and rewards of being an in-house counsel

March 2, 2016

LIV president elect and chief executive officer, corporate counsel, Port Phillip Bay Scallops Belinda Wilson and legal counsel at Telstra and artistic director at BottledSnail Productions Bruce Hardy discuss some of the rewards, challenges and responsibilities of being an in-house counsel. 


Access to Justice in Victoria

February 18, 2016

In this episode, recorded at LIV Conference of Council on 8 February, LIV Vice President Sue Kee speaks to Attorney-General Martin Pakula, Shadow Attorney General John Pesutto and Greens Spokesperson for Justice and Corrections Sue Pennicuik about access to justice in Victoria.