When parents lend to children

1 July, 2018

Be alert to the risks when advising on parent loans to home buyers. Last year, financial services comparison site Mozo reported that young home buyers in Australia have borrowed $65.3 billion from their families, making the bank of Mum and Dad the country’s fifth biggest lender. The June 2018 LPLC column “Take a step back” […]

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Take a step back

1 June, 2018

Seeing the big picture is essential for good matter management. Experienced busy practitioners practising in their area of expertise are still at risk of claims. Unless you take time to stop and think about each matter it is easy to assume it is just like the last one you worked on. Don’t get so caught […]

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Post mortem risk management

1 May, 2018

Good risk management includes analysing mistakes and learning from them. IWhat has a post mortem examination to do with risk management? A doctor conducting a post mortem thoroughly examines the deceased to try to determine the cause and manner of death. The results are also useful for research and educational purposes. Consider doing a post […]

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Conveyancing claims on the rise

1 April, 2018

What risk management practices are you doing to avoid a conveyancing claim? In 2016/17 LPLC received 127 conveyancing claims and notifications which represented approximately 30 per cent of all claims and notifications received that year. The cost is currently estimated to be in excess of $10 million. This represents an increase in both the number […]

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Will it be right?

1 March, 2018

Mistakes in the preparation of wills can be avoided with careful proofreading. In the 2016-17 policy year, wills and estates claims accounted for 11.7 per cent of the total cost of claims and 8.4 per cent of the total number. In the previous 10-year period, these figures were 6.8 per cent and 3.2 per cent […]

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Deputy takes the helm

6 February, 2018

The Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee welcomes its new CEO. Justin Toohey took over as CEO of the LPLC on 1 January following the retirement of Miranda Milne, who had held the role since 1996. Previously deputy CEO and head of claims since 2005, he is committed to strengthening LPLC’s relationships with all its stakeholders. “I […]

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Use counsel wisely

1 February, 2018

Think about your approach to accepting work and briefing counsel. LPLC receives claims that can be attributed to practitioners’ over-reliance on, or poor briefing of, a barrister. In some instances, the practitioner acts outside their area of expertise and thinks they can just brief a barrister. In others, they fail to adopt a proactive approach […]

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Why apologise

1 December, 2017

When preparing a response to a complaint consider whether an apology should form part of the response. If you make a mistake in a civilised society it is expected that you will apologise to the wronged person. This protocol often falls down when insurance is involved because many people equate an apology and an admission […]

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Minimise your risk

1 November, 2017

Risk is a part of every legal practice.  Practitioners should be aware of the common underlying causes of negligence claims against law firms, as well as the practice management steps that can reduce risk. Every job is an opportunity to earn fees, do fulfilling work and enhance your reputation, but every engagement carries risk. You […]

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Audits add value

1 October, 2017

File audits are an important tool for all legal practices. File reviews are an effective way of checking your firm’s susceptibility to claims as well as being good file management practice. No matter the size of the practice, monitoring files for compliance with the firm’s standards and for identifying risk areas that need attention are […]

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