Legal Practice

The Legal Practice List hears and decides disputes between lawyers and clients about legal services and costs, and cases about lawyers’ conduct.

Cases we can hear

Under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria)

We hear disputes specifically about the legal profession, including:

  • costs disputes between lawyers and their clients that have first been to the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner and where the costs in dispute are less than $29,160 (for applications made in the year ending 30 June 2021)
  • applications by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner or the Victorian Legal Services Board for disciplinary orders against lawyers
  • applications by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner or the Victorian Legal Services Board for disqualification orders against individuals who are not current legal practitioners
  • applications by lawyers to review certain decisions made by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner or the Victorian Legal Services Board.

Under the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012

We hear civil disputes between lawyers and clients about costs and legal services provided.
There is no monetary limit.

Cases we can't help with

We can’t accept some cases where one party lives in another state or is a Commonwealth government organisation.

Choose the type of application that applies to you

Dispute legal costs or seek compensation

Clients of lawyers may apply to dispute legal costs or for compensation regarding legal services. Lawyers may also apply to recover legal costs.

Review a decision of the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner

Lawyers may apply to VCAT to review compensation and disciplinary orders issued by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria).

Review a decision of the Victorian Legal Services Board

If the Victorian Legal Services Board makes a decision about you, you can apply to VCAT for a review of their decision.

Disciplinary charges against a legal practitioner

The Victorian Legal Services Commissioner can apply to VCAT to bring disciplinary charges against a legal practitioner.

Disqualify someone who is not a lawyer

The Victorian Legal Services Board can apply to VCAT to disqualify someone who has been convicted of a serious offence, is not a fit and proper person or is otherwise unsuitable to work in a legal office.

Revoke a disqualification order

Someone who has been disqualified indefinitely to work in a legal office has the right to apply to VCAT to have the order revoked.

Organisations that may be able to help you

VCAT can't offer you legal advice. Below are organisations that may be able to help with your case.

Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner

An independent authority that regulates the legal profession in Victoria.

Law Institute of Victoria (LIV)

Advice on the Victorian legal system and how to find a lawyer.