Is there any way to easily fix this issue or do I really need to rewrite all the legacy code?
PHP Fatal error: Call-time pass-by-reference has been removed in ... on line 30
This happens everywhere as variables are passed into functions as references throughout the code.
You should be denoting the call by reference in the function definition, not the actual call. Since PHP started showing the deprecation errors in version 5.3, I would say it would be a good idea to rewrite the code.
From the documentation:
For example, instead of using: