Review a VLSC decision imposing compensation or disciplinary orders

Lawyers may apply to VCAT to review compensation and disciplinary orders such as fines imposed on them by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria).

Need help with your application?

VCAT cannot give you legal advice. Seek legal help if you are unsure about your legal options. The following services may be able to help you:

Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?

If you want to be represented by a lawyer or have some other professional representation at the final hearing tell the member at the directions hearing.

The VCAT member who conducts the final hearing grants or refuses permission for you to be represented.

Find free or low-cost legal services that may be able to assist you.

Access and privacy

VCAT hearings and files are usually public.

VCAT has limited authority to restrict who can access cases and files but, in certain circumstances, you can apply for confidentiality. For more about applying for confidentiality.

Cases VCAT can hear

VCAT can review a decision by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner to impose compensation orders or fines on a lawyer under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria).

We can only review the decision when the application is made by the lawyer.

Cases VCAT cannot hear

We cannot hear a review application brought by the client of the lawyer.

  • When VCAT receives your application we assign a reference number and send a copy of the application to the respondent. The respondent receives a covering letter and a complete copy of the application. We also send you a notice that tells you what happens next. For example you may be required to attend a directions hearing, a compulsory conference or mediation. Read more about what happens when VCAT opens a case.

  • At VCAT we use compulsory conferences and mediation to allow the parties to work together towards a settlement. If you have been told to attend a compulsory conference or mediation, you need to prepare an opening statement. Use the opening statement to clearly state your case and what you hope to achieve. It can be a helpful starting point for discussion between the parties. You also need to think about the strengths and weaknesses of your case and the other party's case. See more about how to resolve a case by agreement.

  • A VCAT member decides the case based on witness statements, the evidence witnesses give at the hearing and the documents presented. The member also takes into account any submissions the parties make. As soon as you receive the notice of hearing from us, start preparing for the hearing. Read more about how to prepare for your final hearing.

  • The VCAT member may give their decision at the end of the hearing. If they need more time they normally give a decision within six weeks of the last hearing date. The VCAT member may give reasons for the decision verbally or in writing. If you want the reasons in writing, make the request within 14 days of the hearing date. Read more about what to expect after the final hearing.