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More BigLaw growth and workplace woes: What’s hot in law this week (20-24 Mar)

The nation’s biggest law firms continue to swell their ranks, while legal workplaces are staring down the barrel of other serious issues. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest news stories for Australia’s legal profession.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 25 March 2023 Big Law
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For the week from 20 March to 24 March, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1.   Allens adds 7 new partners
International law firm Allens has welcomed seven new partners in the Asia-Pacific region — three of which are women, in a move the firm said would help it reach its partnership gender target.

  1.   HopgoodGanim appoints new COO and CRO
National mid-tier firm HopgoodGanim has revealed a range of C-suite appointments in a move to boost its leadership capabilities, bringing the total headcount at the firm to 300.


  1.   HFW adds 4 new senior associates in Australia
BigLaw firm HFW has promoted four to senior associate in its Australian offices, as part of a promotions round of 14 globally.

  1.   US federal judge calls student ‘appalling idiot’ after Stanford University speech went wrong
A conservative judge who attempted to speak at Stanford Law School recently was interrupted by a number of protestors, who booed during his speech and heckled him.

  1.   What’s keeping lawyers at their current firms?
New findings detail the derived importance of workplace attributes that keep legal professionals satisfied, or otherwise, with their employers. At a time in which burnout is rife and market turbulence is a constant, the results serve as both a surprise and a warning.

  1.   Could ‘right to disconnect’ laws work for firms?
While legislating a right to disconnect could allow lawyers to meaningfully recharge their batteries, detox from tech and attend to social needs, it would likely have “significant unintended and problematic consequences” for the legal profession, say partners.

  1.   Are 4-day weeks closer than ever for lawyers?
A four-day working week may be on the horizon for many industries, if it has not already arrived. This begs the question: how might it be possible in the legal industry — which is home to an already stretched judicial system?

  1.   Downer EDI faces class action
After admitting to publishing misleading growth forecasts and causing a share price plunge, ASX-listed mining firm Downer EDI is now facing a potential class action.

  1.   Lawyer jailed for 12 years for laundering $24m as part of tax fraud
Following the lifting of a non-publication order, it has been revealed that a Sydney-based lawyer was last year sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment for his role in the $105 million Plutus tax fraud conducted over a three-year period.

  1. Why age dictates lawyers’ firms of choice
As recently detailed by Lawyers Weekly, the firms of choice for lawyers varies depending on how old one is. So, how does age influence one’s desired employer in law?

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