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Major reforms needed to keep women in the law

Major reforms needed to keep women in the law

Six months after a damning report by the Law Council of Australia, one of the study’s key figures has said the profession has a long road ahead of it to promote gender diversity.

Darwin’s DLA evolution sees Weber take hot seat

Darwin’s DLA evolution sees Weber take hot seat

Former Minter Ellison leader John Weber will replace Andrew Darwin as the domestic head of DLA Piper.

Time to stop hiding legal ill-health

Time to stop hiding legal ill-health

The head of the LIV believes depression in the profession needs to be confronted after a report found bullying and excessive hours contribute to mental illness.

Women in Law Awards attract leading judges

Women in Law Awards attract leading judges

A selection of senior legal, business and media figures will be judging this year’s Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.

An argument to stop the clock on disputes

An argument to stop the clock on disputes

Litigation is often held up as one practice area that best suits the billable hour. Catherine Brooks and Callan O’Neill respectfully disagree.

News

Australian law firms are world class but talent poor

Australian law firms are world class but talent poor

Australian firms see themselves as second only to Europe in their global competitiveness but say an inability to attract talented recruits is holding them back.

Major reforms needed to keep women in the law

Major reforms needed to keep women in the law

Six months after a damning report by the Law Council of Australia, one of the study’s key figures has said the profession has a long road ahead of it to promote gender diversity.

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Appointments

mdp makes patent and trademark hire

mdp makes patent and trademark hire

Intellectual property and commercial law firm mdp McDonald Partners has hired patent expert Gavin Doherty to head its new patent and trademark attorneys practice.

Goodbye to Gadens

Goodbye to Gadens

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers has pinched another partner from a rival firm.

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Deals

Harvest time for Bakers and Minters

Harvest time for Bakers and Minters

The IPO of a leading nut and health food company proved to be a boon for Baker & McKenzie and Minter Ellison.

DLA come calling for Indian outsourcing client

DLA come calling for Indian outsourcing client

DLA Piper and Herbert Smith Freehills acted for Indian and Canadian companies respectively on a multi-million dollar acquisition.

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Features

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Opinion

When technology worlds collide

Ben Weinberger

When technology worlds collide

When Microsoft loses on an international legal technology matter, you know there is still a large degree of unknown unknowns when it comes to data protection and the cloud, writes Ben Weinberger.

Lawyerly behaviour

Michael McGarvie

Lawyerly behaviour

Michael McGarvie explains how the Legal Profession Uniform Law will affect lawyers in NSW and Vic.

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Wig & Chamber

ABA advocates for Australia

ABA advocates for Australia

The Australian Bar Association is sponsoring the International Malaysia Law Conference taking place later this month in Kuala Lumpur.

QC title wins majority vote

QC title wins majority vote

An overwhelming majority of barristers have voted in favour of restoring the QC post-nominal in NSW at a meeting in Sydney this week.

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Video

[VIDEO] Law Awards 2014 finalists special

[VIDEO] Law Awards 2014 finalists special

Client costs, mentoring and retaining talent were cited as challenges by three finalists at this year’s Lawyers Weekly Law Awards, proudly sponsored by Michael Page Legal, who provide a personal perspective on life in the law.

[VIDEO]: Nick Nichola on the Brisbane market

[VIDEO]: Nick Nichola on the Brisbane market

The head of K&L Gates in Australia provides insights into the Brisbane legal market and the global firm’s response to Baker & McKenzie’s move into Queensland.

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Careers

Be inspired, and challenged

Be inspired, and challenged

The Australian Women Lawyers National Conference provides a chance to learn and network, writes Amy Challans

Partner Profile: Flo Mitchell

Partner Profile: Flo Mitchell

We ask a law firm partner a series of rapid-fire questions about their career. This time: Flo Mitchell from Etheringtons Solicitors.

  • Q&A: Jon Downes

    Jon Downes, general counsel of Genworth, talks about how the role of an in-house lawyer continues to broaden.

  • How to make firms respond to your CV

    A well written CV can help position you to obtain the role of your choice, writes Janina Loch.

  • Q&A: Anna Lozynski

    Anna Lozynski, general counsel of L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand, talks about why in-house lawyers should say ‘yes’ more often.

  • Firms need to be more techie

    Law firms can leverage technology to become more profitable, according to futurist Craig Rispin, a speaker at the upcoming Australasian...

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Folklaw

Canadian lawyer pays for rudeness and lies

Canadian lawyer pays for rudeness and lies

A Vancouver lawyer who has been suspended from practice for six months after a tribunal found he had been rude to his work mates, and intentionally lied to an Appeal Court judge and the Law Society of British Columbia.

It’s all over with the NSW Bar doing the victory shouting

It’s all over with the NSW Bar doing the victory shouting

Anthony Lo Surdo SC tells Folklaw that football was the real winner as the NSW Bar covered themselves in glory.

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Lawyer2B

Academic says law students overworked

Academic says law students overworked

The dean of the University of Sydney law school has said rising university fees are forcing law students to take on too much paid work.

It pays to be a male law grad

It pays to be a male law grad

The gender pay gap among law graduates is widening, outraging educators who claim women often outperform men in their legal studies.

  • Social decisions a recruitment risk

    Relying on candidates’ social media sites to make hiring decisions could be a breach of privacy and discrimination laws, a...

  • Legal tech team in the money

    A Corrs Chambers Westgarth technology team, which developed an app for use within the firm, is now selling an updated...

  • Technology ban may not be smart move

    Laws proposing a ban on the use of smartphones and tablets in courtrooms could hinder lawyers in doing their job,...

  • A winning combination

    Academic accolades and a commitment to supporting fellow students were the winning attributes that saw the University of Newcastle’s Rhea...

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Travel

Bed down with Bond

Bed down with Bond

James Bond is not only a master of martinis, martial arts and seduction - he also has impeccable taste in hotels. travel weekly partnered up with Qantas to find six hotels with a 007 cameo role

Tasmania's 3 best outdoor activities

Tasmania's 3 best outdoor activities

Whether your client likes adrenalin charging through their veins or a more sedate experience, Tasmania serves up a smorgasbord of outdoor pursuits

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