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  • News

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    Social media influencers causing legal issues

    Lawyers must ensure that clients understand the disclosure requirements regarding commercial affiliations and using social media influencers to promote their business.

    Australian firms among ‘the most innovative in the world’

    Despite some research suggesting otherwise, a national firm is adamant that Australia’s legal services industry is at the forefront of innovation.

    New database maps global law networks

    The Association of International Law Firm Networks (AILFN) has developed an online platform that demonstrates the global reach of various legal networks.

    'New-gen' firm to fill gap in the market

    After a five-year stint at two mid-tiers, a young professional has established a new firm, which he says fills an important gap in the legal market.

    Legal body condemns 'hate speech' proposal

    A legal body has slammed proposed legislative changes that it says will see hatred and ridicule excused in the event that the conduct is a public act done reasonably and in good faith for religious purposes.

    SA legal body makes multiple submissions

    The Law Society of South Australia made submissions to four bills – which could have significant ramifications for some of the most vulnerable people in South Australia – last week following the resumption of the State Parliament.

  • Appointments

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    New Sparkes partner announced

    National marks leadership handover

    Firm appoints new national partner

    International M&A specialist joins Australian practice

  • Opinion

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    The art of calling when applying for jobs

    An important skill for securing a job is picking up the phone

    How legal teams can work more efficiently with other departments

    General counsel and senior legal counsel have the ability to influence business units to ensure smarter and faster delivery of legal services. But how can you capitalise on this position for the benefit of the legal team and the organisation as a whole, asks Anil Sharma.

  • Deals

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    Corporate entities complete merger

    Two firms have advised on the merger of two corporate entities that were both established by the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney.

    Private consortium lands Port of Melbourne lease

    With a private consortium securing the bid for a 50-year lease for the Port of Melbourne, expansion of a major Victorian trade hub pushes on.

    Acquisition completed for data centre group

    Infrastructure sector growth continues, with investors acquiring an outsourced data centre provider in the ACT.

    ASX company embarks on $1.2 billion transaction

    An ASX-listed company has announced it has entered into a scheme implementation deed in relation to a $1.2 billion buyout and take-private proposal from a private equity firm.

    Global satellite company furthers cross-border growth

    A global satellite communications and network service provider has been advised on the financing arrangements of a planned acquisition.

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  • Wig & Chamber

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    Victorian bench welcomes two new magistrates

    Barristers Sarah Leighfield and Simon Zebrowski have been appointed to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

    IR Commission officially integrated into Supreme Court

    This week the NSW government introduced new laws to move the judicial functions of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) to the Supreme Court.

    New County Court judge for Victoria

    The Attorney-General of Victoria, Martin Pakula, recently announced the appointment of Samantha Marks QC as a judge of the County Court.

    SA appoints judicial watchdog

    The inaugural role of South Australian Judicial Conduct Commissioner has been assumed by the hon. Bruce Lander QC.

    NSW appoints new Crown Advocate

    NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton announced the appointment of Dr David Kell as the state’s new Crown Advocate earlier this week.

  • Careers

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    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.

    Trailblazing institutional change with advocacy 101

    Pushing for change in the legal profession is much the same as developing a winning case in court, according to Fiona McLeod SC.

    Talent development reform needed

    To develop talent in the face of change, law firms should simplify structures, recognise potential and embrace leaders at all levels, according to the head of organisational development at PwC.

    Law students future-proof with niche skills

    An emerging group of young lawyers are equipping themselves with niche technological and business skills as ‘disruptors’ force the legal industry to reimagine both its identity and future outlook.

  • Video

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    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.

    How technology is shaping transactions

    At a recent roundtable, transaction lawyers and IT experts discussed the impact of technology on contract exchanges and its future implications.

    Investor Alert - DomaCom - June 2016

    This video is presented by DomaCom

  • Folklaw

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    Boutique raises big bucks for disadvantaged kids

    An Australian boutique firm has helped raise more than $260,000 for a charity that focuses on improving early literacy rates.

    Finding a respectful course for the marriage equality debate

    A panel talk hosted by Baker & McKenzie has explored the ins and outs of Australia’s political crossroads on marriage equality.

    National firm seeks to alleviate poverty

    Piper Alderman has thrown its support behind a new campaign that asks Australian women to support the empowerment of women living in poverty by training them to become health leaders in their communities.

    Partner completes Nepal project

    A partner has returned home from Nepal after embarking on a vital project, which helped school children who were affected by the devastating earthquake last year.

    Indigenous firm launches video campaign

    Two young Indigenous women who work at Indigenous law firm Terri Janke and Company are producing an educational video campaign called Law Way.

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