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  • News

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    ‘Meagre resources’ limiting access to justice

    Over 200 legal professionals, government officials and academics are meeting in Adelaide today to discuss the issues restricting access to justice in Australia, with funding high on the list.

    Mid-market M&A to rise 30 to 40%: Mergermarket

    Mergermarket has released its latest mid-market M&A report, predicting a rise in activity over the first-half of 2017.

    Using big data to recruit ‘future leaders’

    An international law firm has implemented a contextual recruitment system to boost diversity through its clerkship program, with promising results.

    Law firm adopts new system to transform data-rich content for clients

    Clients will benefit from a new project management system, a national firm claims, that is capable of generating custom reports and better pricing accuracy.

    Firms still ‘struggling’ to keep up with tech

    A new survey has revealed that the legal profession is still failing to keep up with advancements in technology that continue to disrupt the market.

    Pro bono work lifts across Australia

    There has been almost a 10 per cent increase in the average number of hours of pro bono work completed by lawyers in large law firms, according to the Australian Pro Bono Centre.

  • Appointments

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    Aus firm recruits 2 lawyers

    Award-winning boutique bolsters growth

    From private practice to the bar

    New CEO for IP firm

  • Opinion

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    5 reasons why lawyers engage coaches

    Too often in law firms a coach is only ever engaged for remedial purposes. The message sent to the lawyer is: you have a problem, you are not up to scratch, a poor performer; you can have a coach to ‘fix’ the problem.

    Top 5 content marketing mistakes law firms make

    Most law firms these days understand the importance of content marketing. Producing relevant content that demonstrates your expertise to prospective clients can generate a massive return on investment. However, the challenge that most lawyers face is that they often have very little marketing experience, resulting in poorly executed content marketing efforts.

  • Deals

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    Qld mine project sold

    Several firms have advised in a transaction which has seen the sale of a significant mine project headquartered in Queensland.

    Aus company’s wind projects acquired by Singaporean power producer

    Two firms have advised on the acquisition, which has seen one Denham Capital-backed company sell its Australian wind projects to another.

    SEEK buys bigger stake in online education

    A joint venture to provide online training and qualifications in partnership with a Victorian university is now majority-owned by SEEK.

    Pascoe’s sale wraps up

    The deal has been sealed for the multimillion-dollar purchase of Pascoe’s Group by a plastics packaging company.

    Camp Australia sold to private equity company

    The founders of Australia’s largest provider of before and after-school care programs has been sold to a Boston-headquartered private equity company.

  • Features

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  • Wig & Chamber

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    New faces in Vic Magistrates’ Court

    Four new magistrates have been appointed to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

    Former computer programmer to join NSW bench

    A Sydney silk, who spent a number of years working as a computer programmer for a London law firm, has been named as the next NSW Supreme Court judge.

    NT strengthens Local Court bench

    A new judge has been appointed in the Northern Territory, the first female Local Court judge to be based in Alice Springs in 10 years.

    Former CJ to steer new justice committee

    A new committee chaired by former chief justice of the High Court of Australia Robert French AC will uncover “systemic flaws” in access to justice.

    Julie Ward to be next NSW Chief Judge in Equity

    The NSW attorney-general has announced that three eminent members of the profession will take on new roles as part of the state’s judiciary, including the appointment of Justice Julie Ward as the next NSW Chief Judge in Equity.

  • Careers

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    ‘Don’t discount yourself’, Fulbright scholar advises peers

    If you want to discover the path to a dream career in law, you have to actively go in search of it, a recent graduate and Fulbright scholarship recipient has said.

    Serendipitous career path leads Aussie lawyer to South Africa

    In 2014 an unexpected opportunity was presented to Elizabeth Lathlean when her husband was offered a position in a coastal university town in South Africa.

    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.

  • Video

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    Highlights: The Corporate Counsel Awards

    Relive the highlights from Lawyers Weekly’s inaugural Corporate Counsel Awards.

    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. 

  • Folklaw

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    Bronze casting wins annual art competition

    The first place in Clyde & Co’s Australian Art Award has gone to a conceptual bronze cast sculpture.

    Young lawyers condemn time cuts for asylum seekers’ visas

    The federal government’s move to reduce the time that asylum seekers have to lodge protection visa applications is an affront to the principle of access to justice, NSW Young Lawyers have said.

    The story of a bored kindergartener who one day became a judge

    Rhodes scholar, champion lifesaver, legal author, bored kid in kindy – the extraordinary beginnings of Justice James Edelman.

    Panel reflects on impact of family violence

    A panel of Victorian lawyers has spoken about the state’s recent Royal Commission into Family Violence and the prevalence of family violence experienced by women in the prison population.

    Firm presents $22k cheque to not-for-profit organisation

    An Australian law firm has raised over $22,000 for a not-for-profit organisation, which is committed to changing the culture and behaviour that lead to violence against women and children.

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