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Mar 15, 2019 – Links and resources for commencing and managing your practice
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Mar 27, 2019 – A list of common Law Society forms, including membership, practising certificate, PSS, trust account and other ethics and practice related issues.
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Mar 29, 2019 – The Standard Precedent Cost Agreements are provided by the Law Society for the assistance of practitioners.
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Oct 30, 2018 – Decisions of the Masters
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Nov 7, 2014 – There is a common misconception amongst in-house and pro-bono lawyers that they do not require practising certificates. This article clarifies the issue.
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Apr 1, 2019 – Issues concerning copyright laws can, perhaps unexpectedly, pop up in legal practice and care needs to be taken not to fall foul of them.
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Mar 1, 2019 – Solicitors/Conveyancers must be on-guard about any potentially unusual features of Contracts for Sale and be prepared to give proper advice about the risks of that particular Contract.
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Dec 30, 2011 – The non-payment by solicitors of fees to "third parties" such as counsel, medical and other experts, risk assessors and process servers is of growing concern.
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Jul 7, 2008 – The media has a fascination with the law - one only needs to look at the number of films, plays, TV shows, books, articles etc with a legal theme to appreciate this - yet with this fascination there is often an unfortunate portrayal of lawyers as sel
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Nov 1, 2012 – Fee disputes are more often than not a trigger for a professional negligence claim brought against practitioners. Typically, the practitioner sues the client for unpaid fees and is then met with a claim/ allegation of professional negligence. I
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Mar 15, 2017 – Many lawyers issue recovery proceedings in the Magistrates Court against their clients in order to recover their fees. In many cases the client will defend the proceedings, often on the basis that they have been "overcharged", and usually also on the
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Nov 14, 2015 – The Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme 2015 requires practitioners to provide Law Claims with written notice of any claim made against them during the policy period.
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Aug 14, 2010 – Practitioners who act in relation to statutory demands for debt under Part 5.4 of the Corporations Act would be well aware of the strict requirement to file and serve any application to set aside or vary the demand within 21 days of service of the
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Sep 16, 2014 – In the past, Law Claims’ experience was that there were fewer claims in the area of criminal law than other areas of law. This is not so the case in recent times. Law Claims is extremely concerned given a significant number of notifications / claim
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Jul 16, 2014 – Law Claims has recently received a number of notifications in relation to consent orders in the Family Court dealing with superannuation entitlements. Below are some examples of these types of claims:
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Jun 6, 2012 – Claims arising from wills and estate work appear to be on the rise in Law Claims. This area ranks fourth highest of the total notifications received in the last policy year.
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Apr 6, 2014 – Many complaints and claims against legal practitioners can be attributed in part to poor communication between the lawyer and client.
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Mar 16, 2012 – Just as particular terms of the agreement may require additional disclosure to the client, peculiarities of the client may require additional disclosure. If a client is illiterate or does not understand English, they will obviously not be procedurall
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Feb 16, 2012 – The Law Society's Costs Committee is in the process of finalising a draft precedent retainer agreement for use by solicitors, together with notes on its application. However, there are some concepts which, whilst vital to the validity of the agreemen
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Jul 16, 2017 – Practitioners should be aware of the amendments to Schedule 1 of the Legal Practitioners Act 1981 with regard to Incorporated Legal Practices (ILPs) practicing in partnership with other ILPs or legal practitioners or both.
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May 19, 2016 – Don’t get caught out by fraudsters. Make sure that all your internal systems – including IT systems – are robust and up to date.
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Mar 2, 2009 – Back when life was simple, water was plentiful and firms were small, all the partners in even large law firms knew each other and probably everyone else on staff as well. There was never really any question in those days of acting against a forme
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Feb 4, 2019 – The Federal Register of Legislation (the Legislation Register) is the authorised whole-of-government website for Commonwealth legislation and related documents. It contains the full text and details of the lifecycle of individual laws and the relatio