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KWM partner reveals struggle with mental illness

KWM partner reveals struggle with mental illness

King & Wood Mallesons partner John Canning spoke openly about his battle with bipolar disorder and how to address the legal profession’s depression problem at a function in Sydney last week.

Exclusive: Ashurst practice head to join global rival

Exclusive: Ashurst practice head to join global rival

A senior partner who has shaped the competition law practices of two major firms has been poached by Herbert Smith Freehills.

If you could do it over again, would you still choose law?

If you could do it over again, would you still choose law?

Lawyers Weekly recently tossed out the ultimate question to our readers over Facebook: “If you knew then what you know now, would you still choose law?”

Exclusive: Three senior partners depart Clutz

Exclusive: Three senior partners depart Clutz

A trio of senior Clayton Utz lawyers in Sydney and Perth – including two former practice group heads – resigned from the partnership last week.

‘Welcome, partner’

‘Welcome, partner’

It was a phone call over six months in the making, but when Sue Kench called Sharon Cook with those words, her future was with King & Wood Mallesons.

News

Partners, talk to your lawyers or risk losing them

Partners, talk to your lawyers or risk losing them

Partners are critical to the retention of talent, but many don’t make time for their lawyers, HR experts have claimed.

Bakers boss eyes asset sales

Bakers boss eyes asset sales

The head of Baker & McKenzie Australia, Chris Freeland, told a panel discussion that the sale of government assets would provide significant opportunities for law firms over the coming year.

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Appointments

Environmental lawyer powers up for Jones Day

Environmental lawyer powers up for Jones Day

An environment, health and safety partner at Allens has joined the energy practice of Jones Day in Sydney.

Senior government lawyer to head LIV

Senior government lawyer to head LIV

A senior lawyer at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO) has been elected as the next president of the Law Institute of Victoria.

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Deals

Globals get gig for hotel sale

Globals get gig for hotel sale

Baker & McKenzie and Allen & Overy both landed plum roles in the sale of an iconic Sydney hotel.

HSF and G+T act on $1.2 billion deal

HSF and G+T act on $1.2 billion deal

Herbert Smith Freehills and Gilbert + Tobin landed the plum roles on the sale of a North Sydney-based company’s global property business.

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Features

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Opinion

Arbitration back in the spotlight

Jo Delaney

Arbitration back in the spotlight

It was a full house when global firm Baker & McKenzie hosted the relaunch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Australia NSW Chapter with guest speaker the Hon Murray Gleeson AC, reports…

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Wig & Chamber

Vic Bar champions female silks

Vic Bar champions female silks

Female applicants were the big winners in today’s Victorian silk appointments, with Victorian chief justice Marilyn Warren announcing 18 new Senior Counsel.

CommBar president fends off election challenge

CommBar president fends off election challenge

The Commercial Bar Association of Victoria (CommBar) has voted in Philip Crutchfield QC as president in its first election.

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Video

Taylor Root market update

Taylor Root market update

Lawyers Weekly editor Justin Whealing speaks with Taylor Root partner David Buckley about market and salary trends in private practice, as well as key in-house sectors banking & financial services and commerce and industry.

[VIDEO]: 7 October Law Report

[VIDEO]: 7 October Law Report

Lawyers Weekly editor Justin Whealing looks at the top stories of the month.

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Careers

Q&A: Marc Dunn

Q&A: Marc Dunn

Marc Dunn, the general counsel of Samsung Electronics Australia, talks turkey on how the pace of technological change and a thirst for social media keep him on his toes.

Taking the path less travelled

Taking the path less travelled

Alex Giannopoulos from the Leo Cussen Centre for Law shares his thoughts on why notions of a traditional legal career are changing.

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Folklaw

Firms target cyclists to stay ahead of legal peloton

Firms target cyclists to stay ahead of legal peloton

Folklaw wonders whether Olympic gold medallist and King & Wood Mallesons ‘ambassador’ Anna Meares will challenge Herbert Smith Freehills man in lycra Simon Gerrans to a ride-off?

Death-row deadlines a real killer

Death-row deadlines a real killer

As the clock ticked closer to 12.01am on 29 October, the time scheduled for convicted murderer Mark Christeson’s lethal injection, the US Supreme Court scurried to enact a stay of execution.

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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...

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    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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