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    National rolls out new SME initiative

    Henry Davis York has announced it has developed a platform for Australian SMEs, which aims to help them combat the challenges of new “unfair contract terms”.

    Firms urged to use summer break wisely

    Despite many firms shutting for the Christmas and New Year period, a professional services marketing expert says companies that ‘hibernate’ their marketing teams risk starting off 2017 severely disadvantaged.

    LGBTI network goes global

    One firm has rebranded its LGBTI network internationally to encourage inclusion. 

    Dibbs nabs Corrs partner to start up Melbourne office

    One former Corrs partner has joined DibbsBarker to help establish the new Melbourne office.

    Three firms unite to boost practice capabilities

    Three Australian firms have partnered up in an attempt to boost pro bono work throughout the national legal profession.

    Corrs targets start-ups with new initiative

    Corrs Chambers Westgarth has rolled out a new specialist service for entrepreneurial start-ups, which is set to provide them with “top-quality” legal support across their entire business life cycle.

  • Appointments

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    CBP promotes three

    Melbourne lawyer made local partner by global giant

    Thomson Geer recruits infrastructure expert

    Firm makes first partner appointment

  • Opinion

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    4 tips for a successful merger

    There are many opportunities for acquisition in today's legal profession.

    Family lawyers urged to steer clients towards private mediation

    In the years I have practised in family law, I have become convinced of the many benefits of private mediation in resolving property and parenting disputes and enabling couples who have separated to come to a fair and balanced agreement about their future arrangements.

  • Deals

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    Largest M&A deal of 2016 reaches completion

    Four firms have advised on the Ausgrid mega-lease, worth approximately $16.19 billion.

    Splendour and Falls sold to international events promoter

    The world’s largest events promoter has bought a controlling stake in two of Australia’s largest and formerly independent music festivals.

    Qube fully acquires AAT

    Qube has fully acquired Australian Amalgamated Terminals as the second part of the Asciano deal draws to a close.

    Clean Energy makes largest new property investment

    Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has made a $110 million equity investment in the Investa Commercial Property Fund.

    Founding family sells Supagas group

    Two firms have advised on a major LPG acquisition.

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  • Wig & Chamber

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    Prominent barrister named next Melbourne Uni chancellor

    The University of Melbourne has announced the appointment of a new chancellor.

    Barrister appointed to head Sydney chambers

    An arbitrator, mediator and barrister with 20 years’ experience has been announced as the next head of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers.

    NSW welcomes 11 new magistrates

    NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton has announced that 11 new magistrates will join the bench of the NSW Local Court, in a move that will see the largest appointment of new magistrates in decades.

    18 new silks for Vic Bar

    The Victorian Bar has welcomed the appointments of 18 new senior counsel.

    Judge reprimanded for ‘inappropriate’ comments in court

    A Victorian County Court judge has been reprimanded after he called a 14-year-old sexual assault victim “nubile”.

  • Careers

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    Everyday wrongs where global injustices start

    A human rights lawyer has encouraged up-and-comers to look for volunteer opportunities in their own backyard, where some of the most important social justice causes lie, rather than coveting exclusive internships in The Hague.

    Rake’s own cautionary tale: ‘judges are mad’

    Criminal law barrister Charles Waterstreet has ruled himself out of ever ascending to the lofty ranks of the bench, sharing with students some things he wishes he had been taught in law school.

    Tackling the uncertain legal job market like an entrepreneur

    A Victorian man has combined the skills honed in law school with his business know-how as a consultant to launch a document proofreading service.

    Commercial and cross-border exposure key to opportunities abroad

    For those with ambitions to take their legal careers overseas, commercial and cross-border skills are king, a senior associate of a global firm has said.

    Perspective key to keeping job-ready grads buoyant

    While wrangling a job as a lawyer in Australia’s ‘over-crowded’ job market can be a deflating process, recent graduate Ben van Poppel has encouraged his peers to keep what may seem like insurmountable odds in perspective.

  • Video

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    Highlights: Future Forum 2016

    Recap the best moments from the inaugural Lawyers Weekly Future Forum, a conference event that equipped legal professionals with strategies on how to stay at the cutting edge of technological change and business innovation.

    Highlights: The Women in Law Awards 2016

    Relive all the highlights from the fifth annual Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, which celebrated the achievements of the best and the brightest Australian women in law.

    Highlights: The Australian Law Awards 2016

    Relive the highlights of the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards, a celebration of the top legal professionals from across the country.

    Market update: Trends and challenges ahead

    Taylor Root discusses the opportunities and obstacles currently facing the Australian legal market. 

    30 under 30: The legal sector's rising stars

    Relive the highlights of the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30, a celebration of Australia's best young lawyers.

  • Folklaw

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    Firm to assist in combating national financial stress

    Ashurst will lend a hand to over 2 million vulnerable Australians experiencing severe financial stress in its role as independent legal adviser on a new national program.

    Dynamic duo launch new website

    Two Sydney-based professionals have unveiled a new online project to celebrate people who use their legal skills to serve the community.

    Bakers rep completes The Captain's Ride

    A partner from Baker & McKenzie has completed a 730-kilometre, six-day bike ride from Mittagong to Mount Kosciuszko.

    Lawyers help job hopefuls ‘suit up’

    A national firm is tackling joblessness, 330 second-hand suits at a time.

    Australian firms help pave way for Hollywood blockbuster

    The release of the highly anticipated film Hacksaw Ridge might not have been possible without the assistance of two Australian law firms.

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