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    Lawyers divided over penalty rates decision

    A CEO and an employment law principal of two separate Australian law firm have voiced opposite opinions following yesterday's penalty rates decision. 

    Tech course to add ‘extra dimension’ to legal education

    A collaboration between the University of NSW, Gilbert + Tobin and Neota Logic has delivered a new course on technology in the law, to be implemented later this year.

    SME law firm benefits with disbursement funding

    A boutique law firm has experienced significant wins from using disbursement funding, including the ability to take on an increased volume of matters without the restriction of cash flow issues.

    Global merger to benefit Aus-based clientele

    The Australian managing partner of a global law firm has shed light on how its latest merger will be of value to local clients.

    Gadens launches new leasing platform

    Gadens has unveiled an enhanced online leasing platform to help clients manage high volumes of property transactions.

    National program aims to shake old ways of thinking

    A new program announced by the Law Council of Australia sets out to stare down the unconscious bias preventing lawyers from achieving a fulfilling career in the legal profession.

  • Appointments

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    Senior associates join boutique

    Mid-tier announces major promotions

    Lander & Rogers poaches insurance partner

    Award-winning firm announces new promotions

  • Opinion

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    The stigma of injury claims

    Millions of people across the world insure themselves and their assets.

    Why good leadership is the art of asking the right questions

    In today’s frantic-paced world, there’s often an expectation that leaders need to have answers at their fingertips, and that it’s not OK to say “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure”

  • Deals

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    Auswide Bank advised on increased equity stake

    Auswide Bank Ltd has been advised in relation to its increased equity stake in a P2P lender.

    $65m agribusiness equity raising underway

    Two joint lead managers have been advised on a $65 million equity raising for agribusiness network Ruralco.

    $1.9 billion-dollar Crown sale finalised

    Crown Resorts Limited has sold its interests in Melco Crown Entertainment Limited for a deal value worth $1.9 billion.

    CBA issues $750 million of capital notes

    The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has been advised on the issuance of CommBank PERLS IX capital notes.

    Queensland solar farm sold

    A Spanish renewable energy giant’s 25-megawatt solar farm located in central Queensland has been acquired by a leading infrastructure investment and asset manager.

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  • Wig & Chamber

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    Retired chief justice headlines golden Law Oration

    The Victoria Law Foundation will kick off its 50th anniversary celebrations with former High Court chief justice Robert French AC delivering a special keynote address this week.

    'Prodigious' restitution expert joins HCA bench

    Former Oxford University professor of law James Edelman has been sworn in as a judge of the High Court of Australia.

    Vic Supreme Court welcomes new judicial registrars

    Two judicial registrars have been sworn in for Victoria’s civil and criminal law Supreme Court divisions.

    Law Society rallies behind NT Chief Justice’s remarks on sentencing

    A statement directed at the media by Northern Territory Chief Justice Michael Grant QC has been backed by the local law society.

    Vic to open night court following Bourke Street tragedy

    Magistrates in Victoria will be able to hear overnight bail applications on weekends and after hours, following an announcement by the state's Premier.

  • 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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    Mardi Gras welcomes young lawyers to the party

    A contingent of NSW Young Lawyers will make their first debut at the 2017 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade next weekend.

    Firm reveals shortlist for business literature prize

    Four authors have been shortlisted for Ashurst Business Literature Prize, with the winner set to take out $30,000.

    Slaters pays tribute to the ‘laws of love’

    With Valentine’s Day kicking off today, Slater and Gordon has released what it has dubbed the ‘laws of love’ to make sure the romance doesn’t end in heartbreak – or a lawsuit.

    Firm partners with Tropfest film festival

    In its 25th year celebrating homegrown film, Tropfest has announced Colin Biggers & Paisley as its legal partner for the next three years.

    Legal heavyweights hit the streets to help the vulnerable

    A number of high-profile legal leaders will take to the pavement today in an attempt to raise awareness and funds for homeless and disadvantaged people.

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