Request For Statistics For The Years 2015-2016 & 2016-2017

steven made this Freedom of Information request to Victorian Legal Services Commissioner

The request was refused by Victorian Legal Services Commissioner.

From: steven

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Dear Victorian Legal Services Commissioner,

Can you please provide the data showing the total number of complaints made to lsbc by clients who believe they have been over charged by a legal practitioner.

Basically any complaints or disputes where the clients communication with lsbc staff mentions that he/she is entitled to have some money refunded back from the practitioner.

For the following time frames
2015-2016
2016-2017

Can please provide data showing the outcome of the dispute/complaint from the above totals
just a simple 3 column format will be sufficient.

Example

_____________unsuccessful_____successful____pending
2015-16__________13____________105__________7
2016-17__________10____________167__________9

Yours faithfully,

steven

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Dear Steven

 

I refer to your below email received by the Victorian Legal Services Board
+ Commissioner (VLSBC) on 1 December 2017.

You have sought information relating to the number of complaints received
by the VLSBC in relation to overcharging and how these complaints are
resolved. The relevant information that VLSBC holds is found in the 2017
VLSBC Annual Report. For your convenience I have extracted the relevant
tables and pasted them as images further down in this email. Here are the
points:

·         Table 20, in the first row, shows that there were 505 new
complaints alleging overcharging in bills in 2015-16 and 622 in 2016-17.

·         Table 22, in the first row, shows that there were 8 Consumer
Matters closed following a binding cost determinations pursuant to s
292(1) of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act (‘Uniform Law’)
in 2015-16, and a further 17 in 2016-17.

·         Table 34 shows that as at 1 July 2017, there were 268
outstanding complaints containing a Consumer Matter element under the
Uniform Law (the sum of Consumer Matters and Mixed Matters).

Explanation of references in the Annual Report:

Consumer Matters covers all costs disputes, including overcharging
complaints, as well as other consumer complaints about the provision of
legal services.

Mixed Matters contain both consumer and disciplinary elements.

 

Please note that statistics are not kept solely on the resolution of
overcharging complaints.

 

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The above tables, Table 20, 22 and 34, are sourced from pages 60, 61 and
66 of the 2017 Annual Report. You can find the link to our complete annual
reports below:

 

·         [4]Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner – Annual
Report 2017

 

Given the information I have provided is already publically available,
this request has been dealt with outside of the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (Vic). If you wish to make a Freedom of Information request please do
so in accordance with the explanation provided by the FOI Commissioner and
accessible [5]here. If you need further assistance requesting specific
information please call 03 9679 8001 and ask for either me or my colleague
Rian Chubb.

 

Kind regards

 

Abrahim Dahdoule

Data Analyst

 

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Level 5, 555 Bourke Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

GPO Box 492 Melbourne Victoria 3001

Ausdoc: DX 185 Melbourne

Tel: +61 (03) 9679 8001   Fax: +61 (03) 9679 8101

Email: [7][email address]    Web: [8]www.lsbc.vic.gov.au

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individual to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient,
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From: steven

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Dear Abrahim Dahdoule,

the online data is organised in a very vague impractical manner almost as if lsbc don't want to reveal the outcomes of the 2 rows with the highest percentage of complaints.

you can deflect and defer until the cows come home but none of that can cover up the fact that lsbc is a gatekeeper for legal practitioners and the legal practitioners are the gatekeepers for the gender neutral lifeless admiralty jurisdiction by engaging their client as the All Caps dead entity and avoiding and keeping the gate locked on a common law court.

you must have some more comprehensive data , I'm requesting the more details versions of the same reports

Yours sincerely,

steven

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From: Abrahim Dahdoule


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Dear Steven

 

I refer to your email received by the Victorian Legal Services Board +
Commissioner (VLSBC) on 8 January 2018.

 

On 14 December 2017 I provided you with data from our Annual Report that
relates to the number of complaints received by the VLSBC in relation to
overcharging. I also provided you with data relating to how these
complaints are resolved. The data provided is the most pertinent to your
request that I am able to provide to you outside of the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (Vic). Please note however, as I advised you
previously, statistics are not kept solely on the resolution of
overcharging complaints.

 

For a further search to be conducted you may wish to make a Freedom of
Information request. If you wish to make a Freedom of Information request
please do so in accordance with the explanation provided by the FOI
Commissioner and accessible [1]here.

 

Should you have any questions about making such a request, please call 03
9679 8001 and ask for either me or my colleague Rian Chubb.

 

Kind regards

 

Abrahim

 

Abrahim Dahdoule

Data Analyst

 

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Level 5, 555 Bourke Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

GPO Box 492 Melbourne Victoria 3001

Ausdoc: DX 185 Melbourne

Tel: +61 (03) 9679 8001   Fax: +61 (03) 9679 8101

Email: [3][email address]    Web: [4]www.lsbc.vic.gov.au

This email is confidential and intended solely for the use of the
individual to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient,
you have received this email in error and any use, dissemination,
forwarding, printing or copying of this email is strictly prohibited. If
you have received this email in error, please notify the Victorian Legal
Services Board + Commissioner on 9679 8001 and delete the email from your
computer or mobile device.

Our organisation complies with Victorian privacy laws. For a copy of our
privacy policy visit our website ([5]www.lsbc.vic.gov.au) or contact the
Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner on 9679 8001.

P please consider the environment before printing this email

 

 

 

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