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16th February, 2018

Only use solicitors certificates that comply with rule 11

We regularly receive calls from practitioners raising issues about a lender, usually a bank, with the most common being the use of solicitors’ certificates which do not comply with rule 11 of the Legal Profession Uniform Legal Practice (Solicitors) Rules 2015. Practitioners asked to sign solicitors’ certificates evidencing advice to proposed signatories about loans, mortgages […]

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9th February, 2018

High Court decision underlines vulnerability of 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, the plurality comprising Kiefel CJ, Bell, Gageler, Keane and Edelman JJ held two substantially identical financial agreements voidable due to undue influence and unconscionable conduct. The parties met online […]

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6th February, 2018

Cost estimates | Client brochure

Many clients have never retained a lawyer before and do not know how to work effectively with them or understand what a cost estimate is. This lack of understanding sometimes contributes to claims against law firms that could have been avoided or minimised if there had been better communication between the firm and the client about […]

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6th February, 2018

Snapshot – Family law

Snapshots provide data and main causes of claims in areas of practice as well as risk management strategies at a glance. Click the image to enlarge or download above.                        

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6th February, 2018

Deputy takes the helm

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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