Small business big risk

26 September, 2017

Introduction Since LPLC published the first edition of Small business – big risk there have been some changes in the legal landscape which are particularly relevant to transactions for the sale of small businesses including the introduction of: the Estate Agents (General, Accounts and Audit) Regulations 2008, which has made substantial changes to both the form and […]

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Claim free conveyancing

25 September, 2017

Additional conveyancing download: Default notice Introduction Claim free conveyancing has been produced to help practitioners avoid the most common mistakes which have resulted in a claim in conveyancing transactions. By being aware of how and why mistakes occur, you will be in a better position to protect against claims. Claims against practitioners arising from conveyancing […]

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Focusing on family law

15 August, 2017

Introduction As family law clients are often preoccupied and in emotional distress, they require particular care. It is an area where simple risk management steps can make a difference. The scope of the retainer needs to be carefully defined and documented. Documenting advice and instructions, and keeping the client informed about the progress of the […]

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Know your limits

11 May, 2017

Introduction With the proliferation of time limits in legislation today missing limitation dates is a mistake that occurs in many areas of the law. The reasons for missing time limits are varied as are the potential repercussions. Sometimes it is a lack of knowledge by the lawyer that the time limit exists, or failing to […]

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Managing mortgage risk

17 October, 2016

Additional mortgage downloads Solicitor’s Certificate – Direct Borrower Solicitor’s Certificate – Third Party, Guarantor etc Translator’s Certificate Client acknowledgement Introduction Over the five years from 2010/11 to 2014/15 LPLC mortgage claims have cost LPLC in excess of $20M and smaller practices appear to be more vulnerable to these types of claims. Number and cost of […]

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Saving superannuation claims

13 September, 2016

Introduction LPLC has seen numerous claims against practitioners involving superannuation funds. Claims sometimes arise because the practitioner does not have sufficient knowledge or experience with superannuation matters. Practitioners who regularly act in this area will agree that extensive expertise and understanding is required to properly advise clients and to have the best chance of avoiding […]

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Pitfalls in personal injury litigation

6 September, 2016

Personal injury litigation Clients seek out litigation lawyers only when something has gone wrong. In the personal injury arena, they have the added difficulty of dealing with a physical or mental impairment and its consequences. This means the relationship is going to be challenging from the start. It can be made even more difficult if […]

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A guide for beneficiaries

29 May, 2015

20 frequently asked questions about being a beneficiary This booklet provides a guide, in question and answer format, for beneficiaries about what is means to be a beneficiary, what is required of them and what is involved in managing and finalising an estate in Victoria. For more information beneficiaries should contact their legal practitioner. 1 […]

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A guide for executors

29 May, 2015

18 frequently asked questions about being an executor. This booklet provides a guide, in question and answer format, for executors about their role, their obligations and what is involved in managing and finalising an estate in Victoria. For more information executors should contact their legal practitioner. 1 Who is an executor? An executor is a […]

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Commercial litigation – stay alert

20 January, 2015

Introduction Managing the client’s expectations during litigation is the key to containing risks in this area. Commercial litigation – stay alert provides examples of how things can go wrong in commercial litigation and how practitioners can minimise the risk of a claim. The relationship between litigation practitioners and their clients can often be difficult from […]

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