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Promotions season is starting: What’s hot in law this week (24-28 Apr)

In spite of the Anzac Day public holiday, it’s been a busy week for legal news. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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For the week from 24 to 28 April, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1.   UK firm Taylor Rose to debut Down Under via partnership with GTC Legal
Top 60 UK law firm Taylor Rose MW intends to become the leading consultancy law firm in Australia by 2025, starting with a new joint venture with GTC Legal Group.

  1.   HSF promotes 7 across Australia
Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted seven lawyers in Australia, following the promotion of 10 partners last week.


  1.   Too many lawyers work while on leave
At a time in which “right to disconnect” laws are being floated for Australia, legal professionals across the country are overwhelmingly logging on to work on days off. According to a leading psychiatrist, there are several reasons why lawyers may do this.

  1.   3 Aussies make partner at A&O in global cohort of 36
Global law firm Allen & Overy has unveiled a cohort of 36 lawyers joining its partnership worldwide, including three Australians.

  1.   What the new-age barrister must look like
Lawyers Weekly spoke with several finalists for the Barrister of the Year category for the upcoming 30 Under 30 Awards to better understand how such court advocates must operate amid the changes and challenges facing the Australian market.

  1.   Colin Biggers & Paisley names new CFO
National law firm Colin Biggers & Paisley has appointed a new chief financial officer, who previously served as the head of finance at fellow Australian BigLaw firm Lander & Rogers.

  1.   ‘Repeated flagrant flouting of the law’ sees lawyer struck off
A former Queensland solicitor, who is facing criminal charges for alleged fraud and money laundering, has been found guilty of professional misconduct and is set to be struck from the roll.

  1.   How lawyers can (and should) be leveraging ChatGPT
Following the rise of ChatGPT, this principal lawyer said that while there are certain drawbacks with the program so far, legal professionals need to start using and leveraging AI tech sooner rather than later.

  1.   2 Australians make partner in 72-strong round at DLA Piper
BigLaw firm DLA Piper has unveiled its global promotions round, with two Australians being promoted to the partnership ranks.

  1. Former Fed Court CJ joins Atkin Chambers, Sydney Arbitration Chambers
The now-former chief justice of the Federal Court has made his next move, joining Atkin Chambers as a door tenant and Sydney Arbitration Chambers as a member.

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