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    Firm releases M&A Index

    Baker McKenzie has revealed the findings of its first quarter Cross-Border M&A Index.

    Women restructuring ‘traditionally male-dominated’ sector

    The new president of the Women’s Insolvency Network Australia has announced plans to increase gender equality in insolvency and restructuring, noting that there is still “room for improvement”.

    Lawyers welcome visa reforms

    Several migration lawyers have praised the federal government’s changes to the 457 and 186 visa programs, saying they will make more opportunities available for Australian jobseekers.

    Senate gig for Adelaide lawyer Lucy Gichuhi

    Family First has parachuted Lucy Gichuhi into the South Australian seat left vacant by ex-senator Bob Day, following a ruling by the High Court.

    Property lawyers divided on market ‘bubble’

    Property lawyers are at odds on a number of issues affecting the housing market, including the debate of whether young Aussies should be allowed to dip into their superannuation for property investment and competition coming from foreign buyers.

    More women to clamber up the partnership ladder

    Several industry experts have predicted that a higher percentage of women will achieve partnership in 2017 compared to 2016, for a myriad of reasons.

  • Appointments

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    International names 3 new partners

    Extra three-year endorsement for firm CEO

    SA-headquartered firm nabs new commercial lawyers

    Restructuring specialist joins top-tier

  • Opinion

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    Jump ship for a lazy extra $20k?

    We’ve all experienced the approach. The unsolicited recruiter or poacher whispering sweet nothings into our ears about the green grass that lies just across town.

    David can now challenge Goliath

    Taking on an opponent with ‘unlimited’ resources has historically been a daunting prospect, which has arguably deterred the pursuit of a number of legitimate claims.

  • Deals

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    NSW government advised on ‘landmark Land Titles concession’

    A national law firm has acted as the legal adviser for the NSW government in relation to the multibillion-dollar concession of Land and Property Information NSW.

    Movement in stationery industry

    An international investment firm has been advised on the acquisition of an Australian and New Zealand office supplies business.

    Coal heavyweight advised on joint exploration and support agreement

    A national firm has advised a coal company on its joint exploration and support agreement with a Japan-headquartered oil, gas and metals corporation.

    Multimillion-dollar property deal reaches completion

    A global firm has advised a private Australian company on the high-profile sale of a Canberra property.

    Tokyo market leader set to acquire $74m interest in PagePack

    A Tokyo stock exchange-listed company has proposed to acquire 51 per cent interest in the newly formed Australian and New Zealand entity, PagePack.

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  • Wig & Chamber

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    Peter Hall QC to take top post in ICAC shake-up

    The NSW government has named a former Supreme Court judge to lead the state’s revamped anti-corruption watchdog.

    Champion of the bar departs from Federal Court

    Justice Christopher Jessup has stepped down from the Federal Court bench, following more than a decade of judicial service.

    17-hour judgment a case for change

    Four days of oral reasons delivered by a presiding judicial officer may have been common place 200 years ago, but times have changed, a full bench of the NSW Supreme Court has found.

    QC sworn in as new president for Queensland Court of Appeal

    A leading Queen's Counsel has taken the reins from Justice Margaret McMurdo as president of the Queensland Court of Appeal.  

    Vic Bar pays tribute to vision of state’s top judge

    The Victorian Bar Association has expressed thanks for the judicial service of Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC, following news of her pending retirement from the bench.

  • Careers

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    Policy internship creates career inroads for law student

    A winter placement with the NSW Law Reform Commission has opened the world of policy up to one young student.

    ‘Don’t discount yourself’, Fulbright scholar advises peers

    If you want to discover the path to a dream career in law, you have to actively go in search of it, a recent graduate and Fulbright scholarship recipient has said.

    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.

  • Video

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    Highlights: The Corporate Counsel Awards

    Relive the highlights from Lawyers Weekly’s inaugural Corporate Counsel Awards.

    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. 

  • Folklaw

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    Firm lends a hand to Legacy

    In the lead up to Anzac Day next week, one firm has dedicated its monthly dress-down day and fundraising morning tea to Legacy Brisbane.

    Jessup glory for USyd law squad

    Five law students from the University of Sydney have been crowned as champions for the 2017 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington.

    New show lets people in on court drama from home

    Sydney lawyers may know the reality of the Downing Centre Court all too well, but a new 10-part docu-series is inviting viewers at home in on the action.  

    New top dog for local court in Manly

    Witness support services in one NSW local court will trial the effect of having a furry friend close by for children and vulnerable victims who are navigating the justice system.

    Tale of Syd's first female entrepreneurs scoops up firm's $30k contest

    A tribute to colonial Australia’s first trailblazing businesswomen has taken out top honours at the Ashurst Business Literature Prize.

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