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Blind lawyer wins human rights award

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 04:22:15 GMT

Gilbert + Tobin lawyer Darren Fittler has won the prestigious Human Rights Law Award, which was presented at a ceremony in Sydney last month.

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A bonus and then the sack

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 02:52:25 GMT

An African American lawyer whose high performance was rewarded with a bonus is suing a prominent global firm on allegations he was fired months afterwards because of his race.

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AGS secures win for media watchdog

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 01:09:19 GMT

A full court of the Federal Court has upheld a ruling that a Channel Seven program incited contempt for a Brazilian tribe.

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Trio of firms help students get a room

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 01:49:52 GMT

The $250 million expansion and maintenance of a regional university’s student accommodation has attracted three large law firms.

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Radio merger nets $200 million

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:52:15 GMT

Three firms have played a role on a deal involving radio and newspaper powerhouses.

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Katrina Dawson farewelled at memorial service

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 03:16:59 GMT

Members of the legal profession, family members and siege survivors gathered at The University of Sydney’s Great Hall yesterday to pay their respects to Katrina Dawson.

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‘Black Saturday’ class action settlement a record

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 01:43:07 GMT

Maurice Blackburn acted for the plaintiffs on a ground breaking $494 million class action settlement – with its lead lawyer telling Lawyers Weekly defendant law firms “fiercely contested” the matter.

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No justice for drunken lawyer’s crash victim

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 01:04:24 GMT

Don’t drink and drive – but, if you do, don’t worry. Even if you almost kill someone, all a UK court will do is issue a small fine and confiscate your licence.

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Tas DPP avoids jail for causing fatal crash

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:49:51 GMT

Tasmania’s director of public prosecutions has received a fourth-month suspended jail sentence for negligent driving causing death.

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Legal aid restricted as Commonwealth funding dries up

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 04:58:02 GMT

Legal bodies have urged the Abbott government to boost its contribution to legal aid funding or risk important trials being delayed or even aborted.

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Blondes just want to go to law school

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:57:13 GMT

Beauty and brains aren’t always dished out separately – a point that former porn star and stripper Heather Swift just made by passing the hardest exam in the US – the California bar exam.

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Victorian lawyer jailed for $1.7m fraud

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:07:01 GMT

A 59-year-old suburban lawyer will spend a minimum of three years in jail for defrauding a client out of $1.7 million.

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Legal tech company expands into Asia

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:40:40 GMT

Australia’s Law In Order has opened its first international office in Singapore.

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Lawyer who lied to Minters banned for seven years

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:01:29 GMT

A former lawyer whose forged academic and employment credentials landed him a summer clerkship at Minter Ellison has been banned from legal practice until 2022.

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H&W promote European desk head

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:11:08 GMT

Hall & Wilcox has promoted Oliver Jankowsky to partner as part of three promotions at the firm.

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US global appoints projects partner in Sydney

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:38:37 GMT

Of counsel Greg Begaud will join the Jones Day partnership on 1 January 2015.

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Russell Kennedy principal elected to education board

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:19:28 GMT

The Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority board includes professors, politicians, educators, and now, following a recent appointment, a lawyer.

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HSF director takes out top HR award

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:57:21 GMT

A prestigious Australian human resources prize has been awarded to Herbert Smith Freehills HR director Andrea Bell.

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Law firms are failing to support clients in South East Asia

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:28:34 GMT

Multinationals are increasingly in need of high-quality, reasonably-priced legal advice in South East Asia, but new research shows firms are struggling to step up to the task.

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ILH’s future under a cloud

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:28:15 GMT

Listed law firm Integrated Legal Holdings (ILH) has gone into voluntary administration.

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US lawyer arrested for shoplifting

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:50:01 GMT

The alleged theft of groceries by a New Hampshire attorney has Folklaw wondering if there are lawyers out there living on the breadline…

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AGS lawyers face uncertain future

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:05:52 GMT

The CEO of the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) told Lawyers Weekly it is business as usual for the firm, despite the threat of job cuts next year when the AGS is absorbed by the Attorney-General’s Department.

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E-Conveyancing is upon us

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:03:46 GMT

It is still in its infancy, but Property Exchange Australia (PEXA), Australia’s first national digital platform for buying and selling property, will dramatically change the way conveyancing lawyers operate.

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What do you think? Lawyers Weekly asks readers

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:38:59 GMT

Around 1,200 readers participated in a recent survey that will inform what the print and online editions of Lawyers Weekly will look like in 2015.

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More to these card-carrying lawyers…

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:52:29 GMT

There is no reason why law firms can’t have some festive fun this Christmas.

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An illuminating night with the Hon Ian Callinan

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:04:19 GMT

It was a stormy Brisbane night when international law firm Ashurst hosted former Justice of the High Court the Hon Ian Callinan AC at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Australia Queensland Chapter, reports Donovan Ferguson.

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LitSupport bought out by NZ Group

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:01:00 GMT

National litigation support provider LitSupport has been acquired by The Information Management Group.

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The war for employment work

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:42:14 GMT

The national head of the employment group at Gadens has claimed that a “proliferation of competition” is the greatest threat to employment law practices.

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Barrister killed in siege

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:26:56 GMT

Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson was one of two hostages killed in the Sydney siege this morning.

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Maddocks’ new CEO sets the record straight

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:18:18 GMT

The numerous high-profile departures from Maddocks over the past year were not the result of unrest within the partnership over a failed merger, according to the firm’s newly-appointed CEO.

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Music brings lawyers together

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:59:19 GMT

A law firm partner and professional musician told Lawyers Weekly that music has inspired “a lovely feeling of camaraderie” between lawyers from rival firms as the Sydney Lawyers’ Orchestra (SLO) prepares for its debut concert.

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WA lawyers banned for stealing from clients

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:53:40 GMT

Two lawyers in WA were struck off on the same day for making unauthorised withdrawals from their clients’ trust accounts.

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Exclusive: HDY to open third office

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:09:21 GMT

Three years after expanding into Brisbane, Sydney’s Henry Davis York is set to launch a Canberra practice in 2015.

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Globals get gig on local listing

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:10:48 GMT

Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker & McKenzie secured the plum roles in a recent IPO worth more than $300 million.

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David Hicks heckles Attorney-General George Brandis

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:21:26 GMT

The Commonwealth Attorney-General just got heckled at a human rights awards ceremony by someone regarded by many as a victim of severe human rights abuse.

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Growing pro bono load shared by fewer lawyers

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:01:00 GMT

A national report has found that fewer large law firm lawyers are participating in pro bono programs, but those who are increased their pro bono hours this year.

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KWM’s head chef to drop one hat

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 04:56:00 GMT

Stuart Fuller will relinquish the role of head of the firm’s Hong Kong practice to concentrate on being the global firm’s leader.

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Melbourne lawyer gets 12 years for ‘despicable’ scam

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:10:12 GMT

Chief Justice Marilyn Warren has slammed a former lawyer for “acting in a despicable way” in handing down a 12-year jail sentence for the largest ever embezzlement by a Victorian lawyer.

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The Bar takes a bashing in annual hockey match

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:21:07 GMT

The Hockeyroos may be licking their wounds after a tight match against Argentina on Monday but their defeat is nothing compared to the loss felt by the Victorian barrister hockey tragics.

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ALA calls for Bill of Rights

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:13:08 GMT

On International Human Rights Day (10 December), the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has criticised Australia for failing to develop legislation that protects individual rights and has called for the adoption of a Bill of Rights.

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Whistleblowing and the rule of law

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 03:39:21 GMT

WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden have put western governments on the defensive. Closer to home, Saurabh Bhattacharya asks if the Public Interest Disclosure Act strikes the right balance.

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Partners unhappy and over-managed

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:39:16 GMT

One of Australia’s leading legal recruiters has told Lawyers Weekly that law firm partners feel they are over-managed and under-appreciated.

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Q&A: Joe James

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:05:15 GMT

Joe James, the executive general manager – commercial, technical & legal from the Port Authority of New South Wales, opens up about the importance of mentors and why success is about much more than ‘being a lawyer’.

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Cunneen to face High Court

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:25:03 GMT

ICAC is appealing last week’s Court of Appeal ruling to stop a public inquiry into crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen SC, which saw Chief Justice Tom Bathurst dissenting on the three-judge bench.

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Watchdog reinstated as government rolls out national security laws

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:38:24 GMT

The federal government has restored the position of national security monitor as it gears up for major changes to legislation in the coming year.

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Lawyer lingo gets a makeover

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:59:59 GMT

Lawyers, once trusted custodians of gross verbosity, are now speaking in plain English instead of confusing and terrifying their clients with endless, meaningless jargon.

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Partner Profile: Julia Cameron

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:27:30 GMT

We ask a law firm partner a series of rapid-fire questions about their career. This time: Julia Cameron from Rigby Cooke Lawyers.

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Exclusive: Pipers lose leading light

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:03:29 GMT

One of Sydney’s highest earning partners has ditched Piper Alderman to join a global firm.

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Geoffrey Nettle to replace outgoing High Court judge

Sun, 07 Dec 2014 23:31:26 GMT

Attorney-General George Brandis has named a judge of the Victorian Court of Appeal to replace Susan Crennan as justice of the High Court of Australia.

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DLA picks up property partner duo

Sun, 07 Dec 2014 23:07:30 GMT

Two real estate lawyers, Eagul Faigen from Norton Rose Fulbright and Tim Mathers from Herbert Smith Freehills, have joined DLA Piper.

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Corrs enters another dimension

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:01:02 GMT

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has established an outsourcing arm known as Orbit.

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ACLA to join global network

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:01:01 GMT

The Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) will join a global in-house counsel association next year in a bid to improve its member offering.

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Barrister cleared of dangerous dog charges

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 06:49:17 GMT

A barrister’s mischievous terrier will live to see another day after a court ruled the dog was not dangerously out of control when he bit a police horse.

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Emissions fall with lower headcount

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 06:31:00 GMT

Law firms in Australia are getting greener, with reductions in staff numbers helping firms to meet environmental targets.

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HWL to open in Darwin and Alice Springs

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 06:05:09 GMT

HWL Ebsworth has acquired two-office firm Cridlands MB as part of its expansion into the Northern Territory.

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US lawyer redefines incompetence

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:14:59 GMT

An American lawyer who dressed as Thomas Jefferson at a disciplinary hearing has been disbarred for “inexplicable incompetence”.

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Minters in the money

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 22:59:14 GMT

Minter Ellison has reported $418 million in revenue for FY14, up $2 million on the previous year.

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Minters and Allens act on Primo deal

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:17:05 GMT

Minter Ellison acted for the private equity majority owners of a local company, and Allens for the Australian arm of a Brazilian raider on the largest domestic private equity transaction for 2014.

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Exclusive: Ashurst senior departures continue

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 04:47:33 GMT

The defection of a special counsel is the latest in a string of senior exits from Ashurst this year.

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Vic Bar farewells a popular leader

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 02:35:53 GMT

Respected members of the Victorian Bar have paid tribute to the outgoing chairman William Alstergren QC.

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Crowdfunding provides comfort to Salvos

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 02:32:52 GMT

Salvos Legal was the sole law firm involved in a deal concerning a franchise of the Bendigo Bank.

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Minters man moves on

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 06:27:49 GMT

HWL Ebsworth has nabbed a restructuring and insolvency specialist from Minter Ellison’s Brisbane office.

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Maddocks formally appoints new CEO

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 06:15:07 GMT

Michelle Dixon has been appointed CEO of Maddocks, a role she has held on an interim basis since former CEO David Rennick left the firm to launch the Australian practice of Pinsent Masons.

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Barristers could be part of siege drama

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 06:48:25 GMT

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Lawyer to face the music after stealing from firm

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:50:37 GMT

The client of a Tasmanian lawyer suspended for stealing said the lawyer told her he could get into trouble because he had done something “similar” to what the client’s husband had gone to jail for.

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Legal bodies join UN in condemning asylum seeker policies

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:32:31 GMT

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) and the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) have echoed the concerns of the United Nations Committee on Torture, which has slammed Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers.

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Learning lawyerly things could only get better

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 02:57:35 GMT

A recent CLE survey has shown that while lawyers think CLE courses “aren’t bad”, there is significant room for improvement.

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KWM appoints new M&A and tax group head

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 01:55:42 GMT

Sydney-based King & Wood Mallesons partner Michael Barker has been appointed as managing partner of the firm’s M&A and tax practices in Australia.

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Exclusive: M+K to lose group head of deflated workplace team

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:04:49 GMT

The workplace relations practice at M+K Lawyers has suffered another blow with its group head accepting a role with Rigby Cooke.

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[VIDEO]: 28 November Law Report

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:43:17 GMT

Lawyers Weekly editor Justin Whealing looks at the top stories of the month.

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Music or law – which do I love more?

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:22:53 GMT

Construction lawyer Stephanie Livanes has a second string to her bow, but says being a professional musician enhances her legal career and she sees no reason to choose between the two.

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Diamond dealer duped by fake legal ring

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:01:32 GMT

The conduct of a lawyer who created fictitious court hearings was described by a London judge as being akin to a satirical book.

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Oz lawyers take to the global stage

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:40:42 GMT

Baker & McKenzie’s Asia-Pacific chair told Lawyers Weekly that more Aussie lawyers are calling the shots in international deals as Australia cosies up to Asia.

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Lawyers threatened with tough penalties

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:58:42 GMT

A parliamentary report has called for lawyers to be fined if they knowingly help foreign property buyers avoid new rules.

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Exclusive: Allens loses another IR partner

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:25:40 GMT

PwC has made its second lateral partner appointment this month and Allens has lost another senior industrial relations lawyer.

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Love and other disasters

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:13:21 GMT

Baker & McKenzie has reportedly lost a major client due to an alleged conflict of interest between the head of the firm’s Beijing office and one of his client’s in-house lawyers, who is also his wife.

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Sparkes boosts insurance team

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:51:46 GMT

The poaching of a partner from a small South Australian firm caps what has been a hectic few months of partner comings and goings for Sparke Helmore.

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Law’s disappointing gender report card

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:21:31 GMT

The legal profession’s gender pay gap has hit 36 per cent, more than 10 per cent higher than the private sector average, according to data from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

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Globals get gig for hotel sale

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:23:37 GMT

Baker & McKenzie and Allen & Overy both landed plum roles in the sale of an iconic Sydney hotel.

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Partners, talk to your lawyers or risk losing them

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:28:13 GMT

Partners are critical to the retention of talent, but many don’t make time for their lawyers, HR experts have claimed.

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Vic Bar champions female silks

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:22:54 GMT

Female applicants were the big winners in today’s Victorian silk appointments, with Victorian chief justice Marilyn Warren announcing 18 new Senior Counsel.

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Laying the foundations for a landmark construction industry ruling

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:21:25 GMT

Gilbert + Tobin partner Emanuel Confos gives a personal account of the challenging journey towards a unanimous High Court decision with significant implications for the construction industry.

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Firms target cyclists to stay ahead of legal peloton

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:11:16 GMT

Folklaw wonders whether Olympic gold medallist and King & Wood Mallesons ‘ambassador’ Anna Meares will challenge Herbert Smith Freehills man in lycra Simon Gerrans to a ride-off?

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Bakers boss eyes asset sales

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:04:35 GMT

The head of Baker & McKenzie Australia, Chris Freeland, told a panel discussion that the sale of government assets would provide significant opportunities for law firms over the coming year.

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KWM partner reveals struggle with mental illness

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:02:12 GMT

King & Wood Mallesons partner John Canning spoke openly about his battle with bipolar disorder and how to address the legal profession’s depression problem at a function in Sydney last week.

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Compulsory nature of CLE bristles with lawyers

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:31:43 GMT

A CLE expert has told Lawyers Weekly that the “forced” nature of CLE has diminished its status.

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Environmental lawyer powers up for Jones Day

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:47:30 GMT

An environment, health and safety partner at Allens has joined the energy practice of Jones Day in Sydney.

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Senior government lawyer to head LIV

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:44:55 GMT

A senior lawyer at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO) has been elected as the next president of the Law Institute of Victoria.

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Strategies and struggles behind law firm ‘marriages’

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:55:21 GMT

Law firm mergers, like marriages, call for many layers of cultural, structural and financial integration and can be challenging at the best of times.

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In-house lawyer’s crowning achievement

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:01:00 GMT

The head of legal at Crown has been named Corporate Lawyer of the Year at the annual ACLA In-house Lawyer Awards.

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Exclusive: Ashurst practice head to join global rival

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:30:00 GMT

A senior partner who has shaped the competition law practices of two major firms has been poached by Herbert Smith Freehills.

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Death-row deadlines a real killer

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:00:56 GMT

As the clock ticked closer to 12.01am on 29 October, the time scheduled for convicted murderer Mark Christeson’s lethal injection, the US Supreme Court scurried to enact a stay of execution.

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Legal dignitaries head to Blacktown for fundraiser

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT

Chief Justice of the Federal Court James Allsop will attend the Toongabbie Legal Centre annual fundraising dinner along with other legal luminaries next week.

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Mills Oakley continues its growth spurt

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:49:53 GMT

Banking and finance specialist Petar Kuessner is Mills Oakley’s latest partner recruit.

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CommBar president fends off election challenge

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:22:04 GMT

The Commercial Bar Association of Victoria (CommBar) has voted in Philip Crutchfield QC as president in its first election.

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Law firm torn apart....

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:20:04 GMT

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High Court’s anti-bikie law decision prompts calls for a Charter of Rights

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:15:32 GMT

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights has spoken out against the High Court’s decision to uphold Queensland’s harsh anti-bikie legislation.

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Arbitration back in the spotlight

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:00:59 GMT

It was a full house when global firm Baker & McKenzie hosted the relaunch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Australia NSW Chapter with guest speaker the Hon Murray Gleeson AC, reports Jo Delaney

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HSF and G+T act on $1.2 billion deal

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:43:05 GMT

Herbert Smith Freehills and Gilbert + Tobin landed the plum roles on the sale of a North Sydney-based company’s global property business.

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If you could do it over again, would you still choose law?

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT

Lawyers Weekly recently tossed out the ultimate question to our readers over Facebook: “If you knew then what you know now, would you still choose law?”

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