In a recent decision, Bell J of the Supreme Court of Victoria held that, in defending an adverse possession claim, the Roads Corporation was entitled to rely on the immunity of the Crown specified in s 7 of the Limitations of Actions Act 1958 (Vic).
In the VGSO's final podcast for 2011, we feature the North Melbourne Legal Service, which VGSO assists in a pro bono capacity.We talk to Manager Khoi Cao-Lam and to solicitors Emily Clark and VGSO secondee Gabrielle McManus.You can access the podcast by clicking on the link here.Wishing you season's greetingsThe Marketing Team
The VGSO wishes all its staff and clients a very happy holiday season and all the very best for the coming year.Instead of sending greeting cards, the VGSO will be donating to the charity "A Start in Life", which helps disadvantaged young people across Australia.
Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor Jonathan Smithers has been appointed a senior member and General Counsel Dr Rebecca French a member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Dr French commences on 30 November 2011 and Mr Smithers on 23 January.
Managing Principal Solicitor Jo Kummrow and Senior Solicitors Elsie Loh and Daniel Perkins will be speaking at the FOI Conference to be held at Leo Cussen Centre for Law on 2 December. The conference will concentrate on FOI requests made under the Victorian Freedom of Information Act 1982, as well as examining recent developments in FOI, access to health records, what constitutes a valid FOI request, statutory exemptions and available appeal avenues in Victoria. The VGSO team will facilitate a workshop on processing an FOI request.
Please find attached the VGSO November Client Newsletter Affidavits and Statutory Declarations.For further information or legal advice on any issues raised in this client newsletter please contact Stephen Lee, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor, Litigation and Dispute Resolution03 8684 0410 or Shaun Le Grand, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor, Police Branch 03 9247 3053.
The VGSO congratulates General Counsel Alison O'Brien on being awarded the LIV Government Lawyer of the Year Award today, as part of LIV President's Awards 2011.Alison has been recognised for her major contribution to public law and the Royal Commission into the Bushfires.
Welcome to The Brief, the VGSO podcast.This month, in To Excise or Not to Excise?, Senior Solicitors Hannah Brown and Jonathan Bayly discuss the High Court decision in Queanbeyan City Council v ACTEW Corporation Ltd.You can access the podcast by clinking on the link here.
As the growth of social media continues, the need for clarification on a range of Web 2.0 benefits and issues has also increased. Isabel Parsons, Special Counsel, Commercial, Property & Technology Branch, VGSO will be co-presenting a seminar for young lawyers with Georgette Apostolopoulos, Senior Manager, Government IP Policy, DTF Legal Corporate Strategy and Services, Department of Treasury and Finance on 30 November at the Law Institute of Victoria.It's a busy month for Isabel, an intellectual property and social media expert, who will also be presenting on social media at the Victoria Police Centre Branch Legal Network Forum on 18 November.
Peter Stewart, the Victorian Government Solicitor, will be speaking to delegates at the LIV Government Forum on 23 November about the role of the VGSO as the primary source of legal services to Government.