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Water hotline service

LPLC has a Water Hotline that answers our practitioners client-related water unbundling questions.

Practitioners should email Heather Hibberd at heather.hibberd@lplc.com.au or contact her on +61 3 9672 3800. Where the queries are complex we will brief one of our panel of water experts to advise and LPLC will pay for the first half of time in providing the answer. The response will be provided to the LPLC and the enquiring practitioner. If the query requires more than the half hour the panel practitioner will contact the insured practitioner making the enquiry and come to an arrangement.

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Heather Hibberd | +61 3 9672 3800heather.hibberd@lplc.com.au

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15 March 2019

How to avoid an off-the-plan claim

Whether acting for vendors or purchasers in ‘off-the-plan’ sales, there are risks you need to be aware of and things you can do to avoid those risks. Acting for vendors Claims against practitioners acting for vendors include: transferring the wrong lot on a plan of subdivision the contract for the sale of a lot on […]

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6 February 2019

High risk lending alert

The current economic climate is increasing the risks for lenders and their lawyers We have seen a significant increase in mortgage claims involving inadequate security in the 2017/18 policy year. Many of these claims have in common private lenders providing urgent, short term, high interest rate loans, or risky joint venture arrangements.  The prevalence of […]

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18 December 2018

In Check Issue 81 | December 2018

Table of contentsHoliday season remindersLand tax and duty claimsPlanning for the worst – new LSB+C policyCommon GST questionWhat’s new on LPLC’s websiteOffice closure over New YearChanging your email address? Holiday season reminders The lead up to Christmas with the extra commitments and pressure is a high-risk time for mistakes and oversights. Be diligent and maintain […]

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3 December 2018

A good precedent

Using precedent documents effectively is essential risk management Most practitioners understand the value of having good precedents and it is an important investment for any firm irrespective of its areas of practice. However, precedents are not just a set and forget tool. If not used and maintained properly, precedents can increase your risk. Previous matter documents are not precedents Sometimes […]

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1 November 2018

Be secure when advising lenders

Making assumptions about your retainer with longstanding lender clients is risky In 2017/18, mortgage matters accounted for 19 per cent of LPLC’s total claims cost. Most of that cost was attributable to practitioners failing to ensure the lender client had adequate security. These mistakes are sometimes made by practitioners acting for private lenders who they […]

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25 September 2018

PEXA, email, electronic funds transfers and cyber-crime

Table of contentsPEXA, email, electronic funds transfers and cyber-crimeThe risk of EFT-fraud for lawyers is human error, not ITVerify all email instructions for the transfer of fundsAlways double-check bank account details before sign-offPEXA residential seller’s guaranteeWhat the PEXA residential seller guarantee coversThree-day time limit for seller to apply for guaranteeWhat to do if EFT fraud […]

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25 September 2018

GST withholding practical examples

Download PDF Table of contentsGST withholding practical examplesResidential premisesFarm landVendor registration GST withholding practical examples This bulletin contains practical examples in question and answer format of how the purchaser GST withholding provisions work. For general information about the withholding requirements see the bulletin Some purchasers required to withhold GST from 1 July 2018. Contracts signed […]

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4 September 2018

Retrospective changes proposed for residential ‘off the plan’ sunset clauses

Update: the bill referred to in this bulletin lapsed before the state election last year (2018) and has not been reintroduced into parliament. The list of current bills can be found here. Download PDF Table of contentsRetrospective changes proposed for residential ‘off the plan’ sunset clausesSunset clauses – details of the proposed amendmentsRetrospectivity trap for […]

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14 August 2018

Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (Vic)

Download PDF Key points   Appointments of medical treatment decision makers and advanced care directives replace medical powers of attorney and refusal of medical treatment certificates from 1 July 2018. Medical power of attorneys entered into before 1 July 2018 are taken to be appointments of medical decision makers. Any refusal of treatment certificates created […]

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7 August 2018

Some purchasers required to withhold GST from 1 July 2018

Download PDF Suggested resources: Vendor/supplier GST withholding notice Key points New GST withholding regime applying to some settlements from 1 July 2018. New notification obligations on vendors of new residential or potential residential land. New notification and withholding obligations on purchasers of new residential or potential residential land. Penalties apply for both vendor and purchaser […]

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8 March 2019

No PEXA digital certificate policy? You’re at risk.

Does your firm have effective policies for maintaining the security of digital certificates? Are digital certificates being shared within your firm? Below are some of the risks and consequences and what you should do about it. PEXA digital certificates are a necessary part of the electronic conveyancing process in Australia. Digital certificates are an encrypted […]

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15 February 2019

5 things your purchaser clients really want to know

Last week’s blog post looked at three things all vendor clients want from their lawyer. This week we are looking at five key things purchasers want to know. Is the vendor entitled to sell the property? Verify the vendor’s title to sell, identify the property correctly and conduct all necessary searches. Build the cost into […]

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6 February 2019

3 things your vendor clients really want

Because conveyancing matters comprise a lot of moving parts, and often seems to be a routine process, it can be easy to lose sight of what is important to your client. Get into the habit of going back to basics and regularly remind yourself of the key things every vendor client wants from their lawyer: […]

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25 January 2019

Risks for lawyers in late FIRB applications

Do you warn your foreign investor clients pre-contract of the need to obtain Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval before they sign a purchase contract? Two claims this week show the risks of not doing this. The FIRB has issued infringement notices this week to foreign investor clients of two law firms who failed to […]

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17 January 2019

Inactive owners corporations – are they really?

Have you had vendor clients tell you their owners corporation is inactive because they have never had any meetings? If an owners corporation is ‘inactive’ as defined in section 32F of the Sale of Land Act 1962 (Vic) (SL Act) a vendor must state this in the section 32 statement but doesn’t have to provide […]

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9 November 2018

Key Risk Checklist: Tax issues

This checklist contains the most common taxes and related charges and is not intended to be exhaustive. Ticking a box indicates who is responsible for considering the selected item. Both practitioner and client may be selected. A column has been included for initial comments. It is recommended that a memorandum be sent to the client […]

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7 May 2018

Key Risk Checklist: Sale of land – questions for the vendor

Sale of land – questions for the vendor   Instructions ☐  Please circle yes or no as applicable. ☐  Please provide the additional information as indicated e.g. a copy of your title(s). ☐  If you do not know the answer or are unable to provide the additional information please insert the words ‘not known’. ☐ […]

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24 April 2018

Key Risk Checklist: GST

GST is not simple but there are some easy steps you can take to help protect you and your clients. References to divisions and sections can be found in A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (Cwlth). GST alert – for contracts entered into from 1 July 2018, purchaser to collect and […]

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27 January 2018

Risk management audit checklist

Don’t wait for the worst to happen – use this audit checklist to determine and monitor whether your practice is at risk of a negligence claim. Introduction This audit checklist is a risk management tool for legal practitioners to determine and monitor whether their practice is at risk of a negligence claim arising from poor […]

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18 December 2017

Key Risk Checklist: Electronic property transactions – office management

Electronic property transactions – office management checklist Office policy content Below is a list of issues to consider when writing your office policy and recommended responses. ☐  Who will hold a digital signature? The digital signature is embedded in a USB. Preferably only partners have digital signatures. ☐  How a digital signature’s USB and pin […]

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28 February 2019

Claim free conveyancing

Additional conveyancing download: Default notice Table of contentsIntroductionEmerging risk – cyber fraudThe causes of claimsThe most common mistakesLPLC Vendor’s Practitioner ChecklistPurchaser’s Practitioner ChecklistAppendix One: Suggested form of letter to client if requested to prepare a section 32 statement in a hurryAppendix Two: Owner builder obligationsAppendix Three: Rescission NoticeAppendix Four: Owners corporation certificate issues Introduction Claim […]

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17 September 2018

Small business big risk

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 content […]

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6 August 2018

Pitfalls in personal injury litigation

Table of contentsPersonal injury litigationThe causesThe best risk management – an informed clientCommon mistakesWorkplace injuriesPublic liability and medical negligenceTransport accident claimsEmerging area of riskLPLC Personal Injury Litigation ChecklistAppendix 1 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 […]

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24 July 2018

Keep managing mortgage risk

Table of contentsAdditional mortgage downloadsIntroductionAmadio claimsImprovident transactionsMortgage fraudNo or inadequate securityAdvice on equity release productsLPLC Checklist: Advice on equity release productsTaking instructionsThe effect of the transactionIssues of duressLPLC Amadio ChecklistAppendix OneAppendix TwoAppendix ThreeAppendix FourAppendix FiveAppendix Six Additional mortgage downloads Solicitor’s Certificate – Direct Borrower Solicitor’s Certificate – Third Party, Guarantor etc Translator’s Certificate Client acknowledgement […]

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24 April 2018

Avoiding superannuation claims

Table of contentsIntroductionCommon themesSuperannuation related claims from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2017Areas of lawSuperannuation checklistAppendix one Introduction Every year LPLC sees claims 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 […]

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1 March 2019

Risk video bite – Buying or selling a small business

Presenter: Matthew Rose, LPLC Risk Manager

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1 February 2019

Risk video bite – Inadequate advice

Presenter: Phil Nolan, LPLC Risk Manager

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7 December 2018

Risk video bite – Define what you do

Presenter: Stephen Bubb, LPLC Risk Manager

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2 November 2018

Risk video bite – Stop and think

Presenter: Matthew Rose, LPLC Risk Manager

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5 October 2018

Risk video bite – Fake bank account details

Presenter: Heather Hibberd, LPLC Chief Risk Manager

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4 September 2018

Retrospective changes proposed for residential ‘off the plan’ sunset clauses

Update: the bill referred to in this bulletin lapsed before the state election last year (2018) and has not been reintroduced into parliament. The list of current bills can be found here. Download PDF Table of contentsRetrospective changes proposed for residential ‘off the plan’ sunset clausesSunset clauses – details of the proposed amendmentsRetrospectivity trap for […]

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15 August 2018

Vendor/supplier GST withholding notice

There is no prescribed form for section 14-255 supplier GST withholding notice. Below is a suggested form of notice practitioners are welcome to use or adapt.Page two of the notice contains some notes for its use.   Vendor_supplier GST withholding notice(PDF Version) | Vendor_supplier GST withholding notice(Word Version)    

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14 August 2018

Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (Vic)

Download PDF Key points   Appointments of medical treatment decision makers and advanced care directives replace medical powers of attorney and refusal of medical treatment certificates from 1 July 2018. Medical power of attorneys entered into before 1 July 2018 are taken to be appointments of medical decision makers. Any refusal of treatment certificates created […]

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7 August 2018

Some purchasers required to withhold GST from 1 July 2018

Download PDF Suggested resources: Vendor/supplier GST withholding notice Key points New GST withholding regime applying to some settlements from 1 July 2018. New notification obligations on vendors of new residential or potential residential land. New notification and withholding obligations on purchasers of new residential or potential residential land. Penalties apply for both vendor and purchaser […]

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27 June 2018

GST withholding special condition

Download PDF GST withholding 1.1. In this special condition, section references are to Schedule 1 of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (Cwth) as amended by Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No.1) Act 2018 (Cwth) and asterisked terms have the same meanings as when used in that schedule. 1.2. If section 14-255(1) applies to the supply […]

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