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    ATAR only a part of the equation to score a seat at law school

    A new admissions test has been touted as a gateway for a ‘new mix’ of students at the University of New South Wales.

    Wollongong lawyer struck off for unethical conduct

    A legal stoush between learned friends in 2012, which involved a barrister’s clerk leaking information to another practitioner in the dispute, has led to a finding of professional misconduct.

    Law school to break free from ‘standard’ legal education

    The new deputy head for Thomas More Law School North Sydney says a big goal within her new role is to assist in taking the school to new heights by offering “something quite different to the standard legal education” model.

    National firm expands into new practice area

    A national law firm has announced it has expanded its operations to cover an additional practice area, after seeing a large spike in client demand.

    Bakers claims top spot in capital markets league table

    Baker McKenzie has dominated Thompson Reuters’ latest rankings for top performers in Australia’s capital market for 2016.

    Qld firm sounds alarm on heat stress

    With temperatures scorching across the country, one law firm has highlighted the duty of care employers have to ensure they provide adequate protection to prevent heat stress.

  • Appointments

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    Lawyers kick start new year with new roles

    Australian firm promotes 2 to associate

    Queensland lawyer joins national rival

    Firm hires new practice head and senior lawyer

  • Opinion

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    Why you need to bring in family law specialists

    It’s a worrying scenario – the struggling solicitor trying to please clients who want legal advice on something their lawyer’s not trained for.

    Law firms need to be more vigilant to combat money launderers

    It’s hard to imagine that a small legal practice deep in the suburbs of Sydney could be the vehicle to fund international terrorism. However, the reality is everyday criminals are using law firms and other everyday Aussie businesses to launder their dirty money – funds used for crime and conflict across the world.

  • Deals

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    Tech disrupter completes ASX-listing

    One firm has advised on the ASX-listing of a new investment entity that is focused on technology and other disruptive business models.

    Green flag for acquisition of billion-dollar stapled securities

    A consortium offer to take over the full value of an energy company’s outstanding stapled securities will press ahead.

    US giant acquires Aus tech company

    Two firms have advised on the acquisition of an Australian technology business by a US-headquartered company.

    Multimillion-dollar gold development project forges ahead

    The construction of a Western Australian gold project located 750km northeast of Perth will kick off this year with the successful execution of a debt financing package for the development.

    South-east Asia deal complete

    One firm with a distinct Australian presence has advised on a south-east Asia acquisition that will enable the generation of more than 1,100 megawatts of electricity and steam.

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  • Wig & Chamber

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    SA expands bench to cope with family violence rate

    South Australia has created a new magistrate’s position as the state struggles to deal with the volume of family violence matters that go to list.  

    Canberra barrister embarks on new role

    The ACT Law Society has announced the appointment of a local barrister to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

    Whole new floor for Brisbane chambers

    Level Twenty Seven has expanded its chambers premises to the 26th floor of its George Street building to accommodate for over 30 barristers.

    Vic silk to become Commonwealth Solicitor-General

    Australia’s next Solicitor-General has been named, in a government announcement made earlier this week.

    New Supreme Court judge for ACT

    The ACT Law Society has welcomed the appointment of a new judge.

  • Careers

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    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.

    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.

  • 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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    This week in history: Finalists for HCA design competition unveiled

    Forty-three years ago, Prime Minster Gough Whitlam announced the architectural shortlist for a national competition to determine the High Court of Australia building as we know it today.

    Giant eagle helps open Victoria’s legal year

    A sculpture developed by a local artist in conjunction with TAFE students has featured in an event marking the official start of the legal year in Victoria.

    Vic lawyers form online legal community

    Two Melbourne-based lawyers have set up an Australia-wide networking group, enabling legal professionals to come together to share ideas while combating the isolation that can result from sole practice.

    Greco-Jewish history remembered in Sydney

    Fundraising efforts to dedicate an olive grove and court yard in Jerusalem for heroes of the Holocaust have been backed by a Sydney law firm.

    Lawyers support Christmas kindness campaign

    A record number of Christmas gifts have been donated to families affected by domestic violence as part of an annual kindness campaign.

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