Welcome to LPLC
LPLC is the professional indemnity insurer to Victorian legal practices and barristers as well as the insurer for many national firms. In addition to handling claims against legal practitioners, LPLC provides a comprehensive program of risk management services to legal practices insured with us.
What is the difference between LPLC, VLSBC and LIV?
While LPLC, the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner and the Law Institute of Victoria all provide services to the legal profession, they all perform very different functions within the Victorian legal landscape.
Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner is an independent statutory authority responsible for regulation of the legal profession in Victoria. They issue practicing certificates and handle professional conduct complaints.
Law Institute of Victoria is the membership body for the Victorian legal profession. It advocates on behalf of the profession and wider community leading debate on law reform and policy, lobbying and engaging with government.
Building solid foundations is a workshop tailored to practitioners establishing a new firm. The small group workshop gives practitioners access to an experienced manager to ask questions, share information and learn the fundamentals for establishing a legal practice. The free workshops are held at the LPLC office, Level 31, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne. To participate please register online here.
Other training sessions provided by LPLC are:
- Legal Business Essentials – a Melbourne-based series of six workshops to assist practitioners build and manage a successful legal practice
- Regional Risk Management Tour – a half-day risk management seminar run across April and May in various regional centres
- Risk Management Intensive – is an all-day Melbourne–based seminar run in July and August on the dilemmas, pitfalls and hazards practitioners encounter and how to avoid them
- Metro Series – are half-day risk management seminars held in Essendon, Ringwood, Dandenong and Bundoora in November.
LPLC experts are also available to deliver presentations to firms, graduates and local law associations on request.
Insurance policies and premiums
Insurance renewals are conducted online in April/May annually once practitioners receive their firm number and passcode. A new password is allocated each year. FAQs are available to solve any problems.
Access information about current and past insurance policies as well as current premiums as well as frequently asked questions about starting a new business, buying an existing business or merging with another practice. It also covers claims history and subsequent claims, especially when merging or buying a firm.
Your policy requires you give LPLC immediate notice as soon as you become aware of any claim made against you or any circumstance which might give rise to a claim. Early notification enables us to take action or provide advice to minimise any loss or damage that might occur. Contact our claims solicitors if you want to discuss whether a circumstance should be notified.
LPLC has extensive publications and resources to help you with your risk management including:
- a weekly risk management blog
- practice risk guides
- checklists to highlight key risk areas in specific practice areas
- a monthly column in the Law Institute Journal
- ad hoc bulletins to alert you to significant risk issues, usually relating to changes in legislation
- risk management training videos with accompanying workbooks on topics such as retainer management, supervision and communicating effectively available in a restricted section of the website.