In Check Issue 80 | September 2018

1 October, 2018

Conveyancing claims in 2017-18 Conveyancing claims accounted for over 30 per cent of the cost of claims in the last policy year costing an estimated $11.9m. They have consistently been in the top two areas of claims by both number and cost for many years. The mistakes often stem from practitioners not knowing or keeping […]

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In Check Issue 79 | June 2018

28 June, 2018

New requirements for some purchasers to withhold GST – 1 July 2018 From 1 July 2018 purchasers of certain new residential premises and potential residential land will be required to withhold the goods and services tax (GST) and pay it to the Australian Tax Office (ATO). Vendors of residential premises or potential residential land must […]

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In Check Issue 78 | March 2018

27 March, 2018

Cyber fraud – it can happen to you No firm is immune from cyber-criminals and their fake emails. We are seeing an increase in attempts to steal money by hackers masquerading as either the client or the lawyer in fake emails. Below is a summary of two of our recent notifications. The law firm duped […]

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In Check Issue 77 | December 2017

12 December, 2017

Thorne v Kennedy on financial agreements The recent High Court case of Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49 further illustrates why family law financial agreements are fraught with risk. In that case, Kiefel CJ, Bell, Gageler, Keane and Edelman JJ held two substantially identical financial agreements voidable due to undue influence and unconscionable conduct. Nettle […]

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In Check Issue 76 | September 2017

27 September, 2017

Justin Toohey – new LPLC CEO LPLC is pleased to announce that Justin Toohey has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of LPLC, effective from January 2018, following the retirement of the current CEO, Miranda Milne. Justin’s appointment follows a comprehensive recruitment process with the assistance of executive search consultants. Justin is a professional indemnity […]

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In Check Issue 75 | June 2017

28 June, 2017

CGT withholding regime important changes from 1 July From 1 July 2017 some CGT withholding regime requirements will change.  They are: lowering the price threshold for real property to $750,000 (currently $2M) increasing the withholding amount to 12.5 per cent (currently 10 per cent). These changes were brought in by the Treasury Laws Amendment (Foreign […]

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In Check Issue 74 | March 2017

27 March, 2017

What is new on LPLC’s website? Cyber security page We have a new risk management page dedicated to cyber security issues and a rolling banner on our website home page that will take you straight to the cyber security page. Building and construction practice area page We also have a new risk management practice area […]

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In Check Issue 73 | December 2016

7 December, 2016

Cyber risk awareness for lawyers and clients We regularly hear stories from law firms about cyber risk issues they are experiencing and to assist in managing this ever increasing, more sophisticated and ongoing threat we recently published a bulletin and checklist on the subject. The bulletin explains how easy it is to be caught out […]

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In Check Issue 70 | March 2016

31 March, 2016

Cyber-crime – how alert are you? Lawyers and the legal profession are increasingly becoming targets of cyber-crime and while many law firms may not appreciate it, they hold information about clients that may be valuable to cyber-criminals. The cyber-criminals can on-sell client personal or transactional information. They can also lock down a firm’s information and […]

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In Check Issue 67 | June 2015

15 June, 2015

Cyber-crime – client’s email account being hacked A recent New Zealand case has highlighted the insidious nature as well as the prevalence of cyber-crime. The Victorian Legal Services Commissioner has recently received a complaint involving similar circumstances so Victorian lawyers should not be complacent. Practitioners need to implement a risk management strategy to combat these sophisticated crimes. […]

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