The Law Project researches and publishes legal information for everyday Australians. We are currently focused on the law of defamation.
History of The Law Project
The Law Project was founded by Rod Hollier in 2016 while studying the Juris Doctor (law) at RMIT. Early on, Rod wrote about topics which he found interesting and to his surprise, these articles were well received. For example, one of his articles appeared in the Law Society of NSW and ABC News, many of his articles were distributed around the world by word of mouth, and many appeared on the first page of Google search.
Overtime, Rod realised he could use the website to inform Australians on important topics of law. He observed that many websites published articles, but the information was profoundly deficient. This is primarily due to the enormous time involved with legal research. He found that websites which did publish in-depth information were hidden behind paywalls. It is Rod’s belief that quality legal information should not be hidden from the public and while the law is very complex, it should nevertheless be there for Australians to read and to become informed if they so choose. In 2018, he started to fill this gap by writing about the law of defamation and has been expanding ever since.
About Rod Hollier
Rod Hollier is the founder of The Law Project. He has recently completed a Juris Doctor (law) at RMIT and has clerked for a boutique law firm since 2014. Rod is very serious about research and he strives to take legal knowledge to the next level.
Outside of the law, Rod is a recovering coffee addict, a gym junkie, and he reads textbooks just for fun.
The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014, Schedule 1, section 10 states: "(1) An entity must not engage in legal practice in this jurisdiction, unless it is a qualified entity. Penalty: 250 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years, or both." Additionally, section 11 states: "(1) An entity must not advertise or represent, or do anything that states or implies, that it is entitled to engage in legal practice, unless it is a qualified entity. Penalty: 250 penalty units."
The Monetary Units Act 2004, s 5(1)-(3) holds:
"(1) The value of a fee unit is the amount fixed with respect to a financial year by the Treasurer by notice published in the Government Gazette.
(2) The value of a penalty unit is the amount fixed with respect to a financial year by the Treasurer by notice published in the Government Gazette.
(3) The Treasurer may, by notice published in the Government Gazette, fix once each financial year the amounts referred to in subsections (1) and (2)."
The Victoria Government Gazette No. G14, 4 April 2019, states that the penalty unit from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 is $165.22. As such, 250 penalty units totals $41,305.