The Legal Practice List hears and decides disputes between lawyers and clients about legal services and costs, and cases about lawyers’ conduct.
We hear cases under laws that apply specifically to the legal profession:
- Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria) - found at Schedule 1 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014.
- Legal Profession Act 2004. Sometimes we refer to this as 'the 2004 Act'.
We also hear cases under laws that apply generally to services.
- Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012
- Fair Trading Act 1999.
Applying under legal profession laws
In disputes between lawyers and their clients, the law that applies to the case depends on such things as the date the client first instructed the lawyer, the date a complaint was made and the amount of the costs or the claim involved.
If you have a dispute with your lawyer or your client, attempt to resolve the dispute directly with them first. If that fails the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner may be able to resolve the dispute.