Video conferencing in the COVID-19 era

11 June, 2020

This bulletin has been revised subsequent to its first publication on 9 April 2020 to reflect the introduction of the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Electronic Signing and Witnessing) Regulations 2020 (Vic). This bulletin covers: Using video conferencing to take instructions and give advice Using video conferencing to do VOI in property transactions Risk issues with […]

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Witnessing wills by audio visual link under COVID-19 Omnibus

11 June, 2020

The process required for witnessing execution of a will via audio visual connection under COVID-19 Omnibus requires a considerable degree of organisation and skilful use of technology by both witnesses and testators to get right. Here we explain the key steps and methods to help practitioners navigate the process. Background The COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) […]

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Deferral option for LPLC 2020/21 premium renewals

1 April, 2020

For the upcoming insurance renewal LPLC will offer all law practices (solicitors and barristers) currently insured with LPLC the option to defer payment of their renewal premium to 30 November 2020. This measure is to give law practices financial breathing space and help to protect jobs in the legal community in this next critical period.  […]

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COVID-19 Update from LPLC

23 March, 2020

Like all law practices, LPLC is responding to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic with the utmost thought to the health and safety of our staff, insured practitioners and the community at large. LPLC has not had any COVID-19 notifications, but in line with government advice and sound practice, our staff have moved to a mix of […]

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File sharing email scam – multi-factor authentication will help protect you

27 February, 2020

What is happening There has been a spate of fraudulent document sharing emails circulating within the legal community that look like they are legitimate emails from other law firms. They ask the receiver (you) to access documents by clicking on a link to a document sharing platform such as Skyfish or Dropbox. These emails won’t […]

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Windows 7 no longer safe – upgrade now

28 January, 2020

Keeping your firm’s software up to date is vital to the security of your practice and the interests of your clients. Windows 7 is 11 years old and Microsoft ceased supporting it on 14 January 2020. The most up to date version is Windows 10. This means users of Windows 7 will no longer receive […]

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Cyber claim dramatic increase – everyone is at risk

5 September, 2019

Cyber security is an increasingly significant issue for law firms of all sizes and practice areas, it is not just conveyancing practices at risk, every practice area when they handle money is a potential target. In the 2018-19 year we have seen more than double the number of cyber claims and notifications than the previous […]

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Retrospective changes proposed for residential ‘off the plan’ sunset clauses

29 March, 2019

key risk alerts New bill proposes changes to the operation of sunset clauses in residential off the plan sales contracts. Proposed new requirements will prevent a vendor rescinding ROTP contracts based on a sunset clause without: at least 28 days written notice a purchasers consent The bill provides that the ‘notice’ and ‘consent’ provisions will […]

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PEXA, email, electronic funds transfers and cyber-crime

25 September, 2018

PEXA, email, electronic funds transfers and cyber-crime On 25 June 2018 LPLC published a security warning for PEXA users arising from some recent instances of fraudulent activity impacting PEXA transactions. One of these (‘the MasterChef case’) involved a fraudster entering the PEXA workspace and changing payment account details to divert $250,000 of the proceeds of […]

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GST withholding practical examples

25 September, 2018

Download PDF GST withholding practical examples This bulletin contains practical examples in question and answer format of how the purchaser GST withholding provisions work. For general information about the withholding requirements see the bulletin Some purchasers required to withhold GST from 1 July 2018. Contracts signed before 1 July 2018 Question 1 Our clients purchased […]

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