Professionals have your say

Written by Vivienne Corcoran Thursday, 03 September 2015 17:45

The Victorian Government has recognised Professional Services as one of the 6 fastest growing industries in the state.  This is a great opportunity to read more about the the government's plan for professional services and consider a submission so your firm can be involved in the relevant roundtables and forums. Check it out here


Changes for Legal Practices

Written by Vivienne Corcoran Monday, 22 June 2015 18:27

The Legal Professional Uniform Law comes into effect on 1 July 2015.  There are some important things firms should consider doing:

1. Update costs agreements to include:

i) Interest

ii) Electronic delivery

iii) Payment terms

2. Update disclosure statements:

i) Delete unnecessary disclosure

ii) Amend disclosure

3. Amend invoices to include rights pre and post 1 July 2015

4. Implement processes for:

i) estimating work

ii) setting fixed fees

iii) Principals being aware costs are fair and reasonable

iv) Principals signing invoices

v) getting estimates from counsel

vi) keeping counsel to estimates

vii) tracking progress against estimates

viii) informing clients of progress against estimates and updating disclosure and/or costs agreements to clients

ix) obtaining, filing and updating clients’ informed consent to disclosure and costs agreement



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Learn about getting Feedback

Written by Vivienne Corcoran Wednesday, 06 May 2015 12:29

Getting client feedback is one of the most enlightening and rewarding things I do.  Come and hear from the experts (and me!) about how it is done at APSMA


Get awarded or award someone else

Written by Vivienne Corcoran Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:46

For many years now I have been proud to be a judge of the Melbourne Awards recognising the best in Melbourne.  Check it out, enter yourself, your business or encourage someone you know to enter.  Let's keep Melbourne innovating and inspiring.


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