It is University policy that all legal work must come to Legal Services. The General Counsel, Legal & Governance, in consultation with the client, will determine whether the work is to be done by the Office itself or through the use of an external legal firm where specialist knowledge is required.
Legal Services provides advice in a wide range of issues including:
- drafting and negotiating contracts in which the University has an interest;
- interpretation of legislation including University statutes and regulations;
- drafting University Statutes and Regulations;
- equity and access issues;
- conducting litigation on behalf of the University;
- leases and conveyancing matters;
- provision of consultancies by the University;
- information technology contracts;
- intellectual property including copyright; and
- advising the University on specific compliance and legislative requirements including trade practices, privacy, copyright and telecommunications issues.
Legal Services does not provide personal legal advice to staff or students of the University. For advice about personal matters, please contact a personal lawyer or local community legal service.
La Trobe Student Union offers a legal service for students with details at: www.latrobesu.org.au. The Law Institute of Victoria also provides a Find a Lawyer service through its website at: www.liv.asn.au."