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22 most-read stories for lawyers in 2022

It’s been a fascinating year for Australia’s legal services marketplace. Here, we count down the stories that struck the biggest chords with lawyers across the country — with some interesting themes showing through.

user iconLawyers Weekly 29 December 2022 Big Law
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The coming year will undoubtedly be a challenging one for legal professionals, particularly if a national and/or global recession comes to pass. Practitioners, regardless of sector and business size, will face myriad hurdles in ensuring optimal client service delivery and best practice for one’s organisation or jurisdiction.

In turning our attention to the coming year, it is pertinent to reflect on the stories, and therefore the themes, that have been most significant in 2022 — not just for the reason that they might offer guidance for 2023, but also as they can provide insights into what has been learned from the past 12 months about the experience of Australian lawyers.

Lawyers Weekly editor Jerome Doraisamy said: “Thank you to our dedicated readers for your loyal subscription to and participation with our brand this year.


“We are determined to bring you the most up-to-date, relevant and instructive news that we possibly can in 2023, and we welcome your contributions and feedback.”

To that end, here are the 22 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly for 2022 (not including firm promotion rounds and certain disciplinary proceedings brought against practitioners): 

22. Salaries in mid-tier firms have ‘possibly peaked’

21. Upward bullying: A trend to watch out for in law

20. Depp v Heard: What have we learned?

19. Mills Oakley has been acquiring boutiques. What’s next for the BigLaw firm?

18. Vaccine mandate pulled before reaching hearing

17. Judgment awarded in favour of man mistakenly identified as Cleo Smith’s abductor

16. Justice Jayne Jagot appointed to High Court

15. Shine Lawyers sells Emanate Legal Services

14. Administrative Appeals Tribunal to be abolished

13. Who are you calling ‘bitch’?

12. ‘Flexibility is not cost-free’, partners warn junior lawyers

11. High Court appeal could ‘change 65 years of Australian law’

10. 10 things I hate about the legal profession

9. Clayton Utz’s new chief executive partner revealed

8. 2 women sexually harassed by late Supreme Court judge win settlement

7. ‘One of the most bizarre judgments I have ever read’

6. Shine Lawyers introduces 9-day fortnight

5. Compensation action launched against Medibank

4. Are lawyers ‘quiet quitting’ their jobs?

3. Slater and Gordon investigating class action against Optus

2. Queen’s counsel to become King’s counsel

1. Christian Porter ordered to pay $430k in legal costs