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Managing Your Legal Practice

Practice Support 

Thousands of LIV members are sole practitioners or lawyers working in small boutique practices throughout Melbourne and greater Victoria. We understand the challenges that face lawyers in the rapidly changing legal environment, particularly now that the Legal Profession Uniform Law changes have been implemented.

In order to support you, the LIV has various phone support lines to help you at various stages of starting and managing your law practice.

LIV members can call the LIV's Practice Support Line on 03 9607 9378 to receive guidance on:

  • starting, managing and closing a legal practice
  • the Legal Profession Uniform Law requirements
  • property law
  • succession law
  • powers of attorney
  • day-to-day practice issues.

Speak to one of our representatives between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Members can also access various other phone support lines with regard to other issues in your practice including:

  • CPD Compliance – 03 9607 9328
  • Costing – 03 9607 9403
  • Ethics – 03 9607 9336

Practice Notes

Ethics Guidance

Receive assistance understanding your ethical obligations by calling the LIV's Ethics Support Line on (03) 9607 9336. For additional ethics guidance, please click here.

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The information in these pages is intended to be a general guide only. The information is not intended to constitute professional or legal advice, and you should rely on your own inquiries and assessment. The Law Institute of Victoria expressly disclaims any and all liability for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information in these pages.

The Legal Profession Uniform Law gives broad (but not unlimited) powers to the regulatory authorities. If a conversation with the Ethics Line becomes relevant to the subject matter of a complaint, and the regulator approaches the LIV and requests our records or information about that conversation, the Uniform Law expressly abrogates the protection of privilege and confidentiality: s466(1)(d) and (2). The LIV, like anyone else (including other lawyers), may be called upon to hand over documents or information in the course of an investigation. The information will not be protected by privilege if that happens.


LIV Resources & Services

  • Free Business Assessment

    The first step to evolve from a good business into one that embeds leading practice management methodologies, is to understand where you’re at now. Get started by taking our FREE Business Assessment.

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  • November–March CPD Program

    To maximise flexibility and support you in fulfilling your compliance requirements, the Law Institute of Victoria has again expanded its usual concentrated CPD program to begin this November. Browse the November to December 2021 schedule now!

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  • LIV Practice Management Course

    This course has been expertly designed to provide the essential business and financial knowledge and skills to help lawyers transition to principal of their own practice or move into partnership.

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  • Find Your Lawyer Referral Service

    The Find Your Lawyer service averages 3500 phone and online requests per month and is a great way for member firms to build a client base. Referrals are supplied by area of law, geographic location and preferred language to ensure client-practice compatibility.

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  • Bookkeepers Trust Recording Workshop

    This workshop is suitable for bookkeepers new to trust account recording, anyone who has varied their practising certificate to receive trust money and support staff responsible for processing or maintaining trust account transactions/records.

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