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15th September, 2017
Do I have a conflict?
LPLC regularly receives calls from practitioners seeking guidance about a potential conflict when acting for both the vendor and purchaser of real estate. LPLC also receives claims every year where a practitioner acted for more than one party. In a recent claim a practitioner was instructed to just prepare a section 32 statement as the […]More
8th September, 2017
Every year LPLC receives claims involving caveats arising from matters in many different areas. The main message from caveat claims is that practitioners need to recognise when their clients have a caveatable interest and when a caveat should be lodged. Caveat claims in conveyancing matters sometimes arise where a caveat is lodged just prior to […]More
1st September, 2017
Video conferencing risks
There are risk management issues to consider when using video conferencing. Video conferencing is a prime example of changing technology affecting the way lawyers do business. Years ago it was only available for large companies and now everyone carries the capability in their pocket. The risks for lawyers of using video conferencing relates to identity […]More
1st September, 2017
Are you in the good culture club?
Effective risk management largely depends on having a good risk management culture. Policies and procedures are useless if they are avoided by principals or staff who are not committed to risk management. In LPLC’s experience, firms with good risk management generally have a culture where: there is a strong, positive ‘tone from the top’ people […]More
25th August, 2017
Stay within your limits when using counsel
It is high risk for practitioners to act outside their area of expertise, even when assisted by counsel who is an expert in the relevant area. In one claim, a practitioner acted for a client in a property dispute with the client’s ex-girlfriend despite the practitioner’s lack of expertise in family law matters. The client […]More