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Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils



Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils

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55Professional Standards Councils Annual Report 201112 Complaints data The Vic Bar reported that its strong working relationship with the Legal Services Commission (LSC) continues to grow. During the year, the backlog of matters being investigated by the LSC was eliminated. The Ethics Committee also received and reviewed referred complaints within time limits, set under the Service Level Agreement with the LSC. During the nine months from July 2011 to March 2012: 14 complaints (in the previous period, 22) were referred by the LSC to the Ethics Committee 14 matters (previous period, 23) were returned to the LSC, having been completed by the Ethics Committee only one matter was returned to the LSC with a recommendation that disciplinary action be instituted 64 rulings and dispensations (previous period, 62) were issued by the Ethics Committee. Trends in professional indemnity insurance The Vic Bars PII claims data shows that the barristers claims experience since 2005-06 has been favourable and that the scale of claims is well below the schemes $2 million cap. The Legal Practitioners Liability Committee provides cover annually to all practising members of the Vic Bar. There has been a reduction in premiums over the previous year. monitoring of claims As at 31 March 2012, there were a total of 33 resolved and partially resolved claims against barristers, compared with 42 resolved and partially resolved claims from the previous reporting year. The area of law that attracted the majority of claims was commercial. Disclosure of limited liability and use of Cover of excellence trademark The Vic Bar reported that each clerk has in place a system whereby each fee slip issued by them on behalf of a member of the Vic Bars scheme carries the required disclosure that the barristers liability is limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards legislation. It also ensures that the profile of each member of the scheme on its website contains the required disclosure. Engineers engineers Australia (vic) Engineers Australias compliance report for 2011 covers all Australian States and Territories. For more on Engineers Australias risk management and compliance strategies which is the same for each jurisdiction see the section Cover of Excellence schemes. Separate information is maintained for each State and Territory on CPD, as below. Continuing professional development Engineers Australia reported that it introduced a new CPD delivery strategy in Victoria. It delivered approximately 180 events in metropolitan Melbourne and 70 regional events. Solicitors law Institute of victoria The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) reported, as below. Continuing professional development The Victorian legal profession must comply with requirements to undertake and complete a set number of CPD points each year. LIV continues to enhance the range of core products and is introducing new training platforms and technology to provide improved access and delivery of services. More than 100 CPD events and activities were available to practitioners via the LIV from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011. c o m p lia n c e r e p o r t in g