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Inquiry bombshells, budget reflections and Voice viewpoints: What’s hot in law this week (8-12 May)

A major public inquiry is heating up, and senior lawyers are having their say on the Voice. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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For the week from 8 May to 12 May, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. Sydney barrister ordered to repay solicitor after invoice stoush
A Sydney barrister who charged a solicitor a figure almost five times higher than the original costs estimate has been handed a hefty reimbursement order in NSW’s Court of Appeal.

  1. Budget 2023: What lawyers need to know
One year removed from the last election, Treasurer Jim Chalmers has handed down the 2023–24 federal budget. Here are the key takeaways for Australia’s legal profession.


  1. Clyde & Co names 7 new special counsel in Australia
Global law firm Clyde & Co has elevated seven professionals in Australia to special counsel, just a fortnight after naming its new global equity partners.

  1. ‘How to find a husband’ letter to barrister a reminder of ongoing issues
Recently, a UK-based junior barrister shared a “misogynistic” letter she received from another lawyer, which detailed how she should go about finding a husband. Here, award-winning women lawyers recount how gendered prejudice remains all too common in the legal profession, including in Australia, and how it can be eradicated.

  1. Aussie solicitors are now ‘younger, more female and more diverse’
The sixth National Profile of Solicitors report has been published, revealing that four years after female lawyers first outnumbered their male counterparts, women in law have reached another important milestone.

  1. Melbourne firm hands over refund after client’s bill shock
A Melbourne law firm has had to reimburse a client who received an invoice that was more than double the amount he was told to expect.

  1. Top prosecutor accused of ‘double standard’ in Lehrmann trial
ACT’s top prosecutor told an inquiry he did not consider stepping away from Bruce Lehrmann’s rape trial after he read confidential counselling notes that may have been “mistakenly” included in a brief of evidence.

  1. Will pay bumps be more conservative or remain above CPI this year?
OPINION: Law firms, big and small, have much to consider in determining how generous the increases in salary for fee earners will be in the new financial year, writes Elvira Naiman.

  1. Former Bar Association presidents call shadow A-G’s Voice comments ‘wrong’, ‘not correct’
In an interview with News Corp earlier this week, Senator Michaelia Cash said that the proposed Voice to Parliament would embed “superior rights” in the Constitution that would “in normal circumstances breach discrimination laws”. Here, two former presidents of the Australian Bar Association push back on that assertion.

  1. DPP directs police chief to keep officers away from defence team
ACT’s Director of Public Prosecutions made “exceptionally serious allegations” that minister Linda Reynolds and senior police officers were involved in a “political conspiracy” to derail Bruce Lehrmann’s rape trial, an inquiry has heard.

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