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A massive week of legal news: What’s hot in law this week (17-21 Apr)

From groundbreaking court proceedings to BigLaw partner promotions, the past week has been very busy news-wise. Here is your weekly round-up of the 10 biggest news stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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For the week from 17 April to 21 April, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1.   Over 5m documents disclosed by parties in ‘litigation on a monumental scale’
In its proceedings against an engineering construction company, gas giant Santos has racked up a whopping 120,000 solicitors’ hours, $35.5 million in expert fees and $21 million in counsel fees.

  1.   Which law schools did 30 Under 30 finalists attend?
Following the reveal of this year’s 30 Under 30 finalists, find out which Australian law schools produced the greatest number of finalists for the 2023 awards here.


  1.   Ashurst promotes 25 to the partnership
International firm Ashurst has promoted 25 partners, including 13 in Australia, in what the firm said is a record number for the second year running.

  1.   Australian Family Lawyers CEO resigns
The chief executive of ASX-listed law firm Australian Family Lawyers has resigned from the national practice to explore other opportunities.

  1.   HSF names 10 new Australian partners
Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted 10 lawyers in Australia to its partnership ranks.

  1.   Former Federal Court judge appointed to RBA board
Treasurer Jim Chalmers has appointed two new members of the RBA board, one of whom is a former judge and former Fair Work Commission president.

  1.   Meridian hires insurance team from McCabes
National law firm Meridian Lawyers has moved to bolster its insurance practice group with the appointment of 14 lawyers, plus support staff, from fellow BigLaw firm McCabes, who will be based in the former’s Sydney and Melbourne offices.

  1.   Dutton names new shadow A-G
Leader of the Opposition Peter Dutton has revealed a new shadow attorney-general who will take over following Julian Leeser’s resignation.

  1.   K&L Gates adds 2 partners, marking 13 partner appointments since December
Global law firm K&L Gates has added two partners to its ranks, bringing its tally of partner appointments to 13 since December of last year.

  1. Tasmanian Full Court upgrades finding against practitioner to professional misconduct
The Full Court of the Tasmanian Supreme Court has allowed an appeal against a finding of unsatisfactory professional conduct against a practitioner who offered to settle a dispute with a client’s former wife in return for her withdrawing police complaints made against that client.