Acting For Private Lenders Can Be High Risk

10 September, 2020

Short-term, high-risk, urgent private lending is a recipe for disaster and even diligent solicitors can be at risk. The enormous financial pressure many people and businesses are under in this pandemic is likely to lead to increased high-risk lending. Our claims history shows that acting for private lenders in short term, high interest urgent loans […]

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When a beneficiary is bankrupt

24 August, 2020

Executors may be tested by desperate or bankrupt beneficiaries in this current pandemic environment. The windfall of a bequest from a deceased estate may be more welcome than ever before for some beneficiaries, especially as many people have lost jobs and are in correspondingly difficult financial situations. Practitioners and executors may face more pressure than […]

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Efficient habits cut risk

8 July, 2020

Doing legal work well requires a good work habit. Last year LPLC ran a campaign on developing the engagement habit to ensure you only took the right client, in the right matter, at the right time. The next step LPLC is focusing on this year is the work habit to ensure you do the work […]

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Step up supervision in times of crisis

25 June, 2020

Supervision should not be viewed as a burden but a fundamental aspect of legal practice that drives staff and client satisfaction and firm profitability. The supervision of employee solicitors has always been important, and doing it effectively is even more crucial now many practitioners are working remotely. Picture this. You recently completed your first 12 […]

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Personal cost orders against lawyers

25 May, 2020

What are they and what should I do if an application is made against me for a personal cost order? A court may make a cost order that requires a legal practitioner to personally pay an order for costs, as distinct from an order that requires their client to pay costs. A court’s power to […]

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Acting for yourself may not pay off

30 April, 2020

Snapshot Bell Lawyers Pty Ltd v Pentelow found that the Chorley exception is not part of Australian common law. Self-represented firms are not entitled to a costs order for the work done by partners or employees of the firm. Retain external lawyers to act in proceedings for unpaid fees to ensure you get the benefit […]

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Choose your litigation clients carefully

6 March, 2020

Choosing the right client for you and your firm is never more important than in the litigation context. Litigation is stressful, costly and often confusing for any client, so making sure you are cautious when choosing to act for a client in a litigation matter is good risk management. There are often telltale signs at […]

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Keep your files moving

18 February, 2020

Files can stagnate for many reasons: make moving them on your New Year’s resolution.  Is one of your professional New Year’s resolutions to procrastinate less, to better move matters on or to ensure nothing gets left behind this year? Make this the year you develop good strategies for moving your files on promptly. Here are […]

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Manage for when, not if

12 December, 2019

Cyber attacks by email are on the rise and law firms of all sizes are at risk. Cyber attacks on law firms of all sizes, but particularly smaller practices without the necessary safety measures in place, are on the increase. It is everyone’s problem. What you need to know is set out here. How they […]

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Take steps to avoid GST claims

30 October, 2019

GST is not simple but there are some easy steps you can take to help protect you and your clients. Section 9 of A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (Cth) (GST Act) sets out the four legs of a “taxable supply”. The fourth, s9(d) is that the supplier is “registered or […]

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