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Exclusive: Allens loses another IR partner

Exclusive: Allens loses another IR partner

PwC has made its second lateral partner appointment this month and Allens has lost another senior industrial relations lawyer.

Law’s disappointing gender report card

Law’s disappointing gender report card

The legal profession’s gender pay gap has hit 36 per cent, more than 10 per cent higher than the private sector average, according to data from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

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?”

News

Oz lawyers take to the global stage

Oz lawyers take to the global stage

Baker & McKenzie’s Asia-Pacific chair told Lawyers Weekly that more Aussie lawyers are calling the shots in international deals as Australia cosies up to Asia.

Lawyers threatened with tough penalties

Lawyers threatened with tough penalties

A parliamentary report has called for lawyers to be fined if they knowingly help foreign property buyers avoid new rules.

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Appointments

Exclusive: Allens loses another IR partner

Exclusive: Allens loses another IR partner

PwC has made its second lateral partner appointment this month and Allens has lost another senior industrial relations lawyer.

Sparkes boosts insurance team

Sparkes boosts insurance team

The poaching of a partner from a small South Australian firm caps what has been a hectic few months of partner comings and goings for Sparke Helmore.

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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

Music or law – which do I love more?

Stephanie Livanes

Music or law – which do I love more?

Construction lawyer Stephanie Livanes has a second string to her bow, but says being a professional musician enhances her legal career and she sees no reason to choose between the two.

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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

[VIDEO]: 28 November Law Report

[VIDEO]: 28 November Law Report

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

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.

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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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    Taylor Root’s Tara Sacks provides an overview of the in-house recruitment market in Australia and overseas.

  • Be inspired, and challenged

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Folklaw

Diamond dealer duped by fake legal ring

Diamond dealer duped by fake legal ring

The conduct of a lawyer who created fictitious court hearings was described by a London judge as being akin to a satirical book.

Love and other disasters

Love and other disasters

Baker & McKenzie has reportedly lost a major client due to an alleged conflict of interest between the head of the firm’s Beijing office and one of his client’s in-house lawyers, who is also his wife.

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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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