By Stephen Warne In the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Vic), there are simple prohibitions, prohibitions breach of which are punishable by civil penalties, and criminal offences punishable by fines and jail. The civil penalty provisions are new to the LPUL compared with the previous legislation. What does it all mean?
Breach of any provision (whether it provides for a criminal offence or a civil penalty) is capable of amounting to misconduct or unsatisfactory professional conduct: s. 298(a).
The Law, as interpreted by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner, seems to contemplate the possibility that breach of a civil penalty provision might be prosecuted in …read more
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