Legal professionals



Working in community legal centres in Victoria: results from the Community Legal Centre Workforce Project - building and maintaining a sustainable workforce

This report explores why people come to work at community legal centres, their experiences and career path, their longer-term aspirations and why people leave, and where they are going. The findings shed light on issues and factors affecting workforce sustainability.

Two years, too long: mapping action on the Harm Panel’s findings

This report has been prepared to mark the second anniversary of the publication of the UK Ministry of Justice expert 'Harm Panel’s' report. It aims to map the progress that has occurred over the last two years to learn from the panel’s findings and implement...

Working in community legal centres in Victoria: results from the Community Legal Centres Workforce Project - COVID-19 experiences and lessons

The Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria engaged the Victoria Law Foundation to conduct a survey of the community legal assistance sector workforce with the aim of capturing issues, experiences and views of their workforce across diverse roles, centres and geography. This report explores how...

Rapid evidence review: professional standards and sexual harassment

This review of sexual harassment as a potential cause of consumer harms in the legal profession was prepared to assist regulators in reducing and eliminating sexual harassment in all professions.

Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System: final report

The Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System was appointed by the Australian Parliament in September 2019. Since that time, the committee has undertaken a comprehensive two-year inquiry into the family law and the child support systems. This final report notes any government actions...

Working in community legal centres in Victoria: results from the Community Legal Centre Workforce Project - workforce profile

This report focuses on workforce profile, namely the social and demographic characteristics of the workforce, working arrangements, employment conditions and areas of legal practice.

Health justice partnership as a response to domestic and family violence

This paper describes health justice partnership as an integrated response to domestic and family violence - what partnerships currently look like, where they are found, who they support, and what they offer partner agencies, practitioners and their clients.

Review of harassment in the legal profession: final report

This review considered the existing South Australian regulatory framework, policies and procedures that apply to members of the legal profession and staff who work in a legal workplace, as well as best practice in responding to and preventing workplace harassment.

Improvements in family law proceedings: second interim report

This report outlines a series of recommendations, including the implementation of procedures to enable the investigation of claims of a party wilfully misleading the Family Court, and the accreditation of professionals in the family law system. There are also a series of recommendations about making...

Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants: final report

The Victorian government established this Royal Commission in December 2018, after the High Court of Australia upheld the decisions of Victorian courts to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to disclose to a group of convicted persons that Victoria Police had used former defence...

Getting the point: review of continuing professional development for Victorian lawyers

This review makes 28 recommendations to improve the Continuing Professional Development regime for lawyers in Victoria.

Improvements in family law proceedings: interim report

This interim report outlines the current progress on the inquiry into potential reforms to Australia's family law system.

Purea Nei: Changing the culture of the legal profession

This report seeks to understand how to change the sexist, bullying culture often experienced by many female lawyers working in the New Zealand legal profession.

Law … what is it good for?

This report draws on findings from the Community Perspectives of Law Survey, an Australia-wide survey of over 1800 people which explored people’s understanding of the relevance of law and, in particular, whether lawyers are seen as important in relation to everyday scenarios.

Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants: progress report July 2019

This report begins by outlining key events that led to the establishment of the Commission, including relevant reviews and court proceedings. It then sets out the Commission’s work to date and how it intends to approach its terms of reference.

Us too? Bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession

Following the largest-ever global survey of legal professionals, this International Bar Association (IBA) report identifies startling rates of bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession and makes ten recommendations for legal workplaces to address the crisis.
Discussion paper

Sexism and gender inequality in the Victorian legal and justice sector

This discussion paper outlines stories from almost 300 legal sector professionals which show that sexual harassment and disrespect towards women is pervasive, women’s career prospects are routinely stunted and victim-blaming is common.

Pro bono legal work: a guide for in-house corporate lawyers

This guide provides detailed insights for the in-house profession, and includes case studies of pro bono legal services provided by some of Australia’s top organisations and guidance on how to create an effective in-house pro bono program.

Australian clinical legal education: designing and operating a best practice clinical program in an Australian law school

Overview Clinical legal education (CLE) is potentially the major disruptor of traditional law schools’ core functions. Good CLE challenges many central clichés of conventional learning in law—everything from case book method to the 50-minute lecture. And it can challenge a contemporary overemphasis on screen-based learning...