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    Global brings support hub to South Africa

    Herbert Smith Freehills has revealed that Johannesburg is the next city where it will roll out the Alternative Legal Services branch of its business.

    Legal services provider rolls out new tool

    A global legal services outsourcing provider, which delivers services to the Australian market, has announced it has launched a new tool, which it says saves 75 per cent on document drafting costs.

    New start-up to move past ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach

    A Sydney legal professional has launched a new law firm in the hopes to make a change towards the way legal services are provided.

    Archive sheds historic light on UN war crimes files

    Unlocked digital archives from the UN War Crimes Commission has shed light on the early handling of war crimes by Allied powers for the first time in more than 70 years.

    Some family lawyers causing more harm than good

    A Gold Coast legal professional says some family lawyers may be creating “unrealistic expectations” and “long-term problems among separating couples” by offering catchy gimmicks instead of quality service.

    Clients to ‘see around corners’ with new software

    An Australian law firm has launched a new cloud-based text recognition program, which it says is a leap forward for the legal profession.

  • Appointments

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    HDY makes triple hire

    Global promotes 7 Aussie partners

    National firm appoints three new state partners

    Perth man named in latest round of global’s partner picks

  • Opinion

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    Ignorance of open source law is no defense

    Ignorance of the law is no defense.

    What law firms need to know about cloud cyber security

    The cloud is a fundamental technology solution option that truly solves all kinds of law firm business and legal IT challenges including innovation, security, governance and global availability.

  • Deals

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    Super fund merger reinvests in Tassie

    The recent merger of two super funds in Tasmania is said to be one of the most substantial sector deals in recent times.

    Aussie invention goes global

    A two-part deal has given a UK company the right to market an Australian-developed animal painkiller overseas.

    Sydney airport lands billion-dollar refinancing

    Sydney Airport has been advised on a significant bank debt refinancing.

    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.

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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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    ‘Innovation incubator’ draws the best young minds

    Macpherson Kelley has gathered its up-and-comers as well as those from the University of Melbourne to play part in a contest which encouraged them to look to the future of law.

    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.

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