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BRS verdict, a pardon and more promotions: What’s hot in law this week (5-9 June)

From Folbigg to Roberts-Smith, the past week has seen some groundbreaking court updates, while BigLaw promotions rounds are now in full swing. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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For the week from 5 June to 9 June, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. ‘Friends with benefits’ questioned in Supreme Court dispute
A number of unusual matters had to be considered during a Supreme Court estate dispute, including what the meaning of “friends with benefits” was and what the ramifications of a cult childhood meant for one of the parties.

  1. Winners of 30 Under 30 Awards 2023 revealed
Lawyers Weekly and principal partner Taylor Root have announced the winners of the 11th annual 30 Under 30 Awards.


  1. NSW solicitor cannot shake caution for fiery emails with client
An NSW solicitor who exchanged heated emails and texts with a client failed to have a caution about his conduct stripped from his record.

  1. Finalists revealed for Partner of the Year Awards 2023
Nearly 300 finalists have been chosen to battle it out in 34 categories at the 2023 instalment of the Partner of the Year Awards.

  1. Maddocks promotes 47
Maddocks has unveiled its 2023 promotions, including three to the partnership, in what the firm said reflected another strong year of growth.

  1. Thomson Geer promotes 3 partners
National law firm Thomson Geer has promoted three to partner, bringing its partnership across the country to over 140.

  1. RBA unveils June 2023 cash rate call
The Reserve Bank has raised interest rates 11 times in the last 12 months. In this special announcement — brought to you by Legal Home Loans — find out if the RBA has increased the cash rate or held it at its current level.

  1. Kathleen Folbigg granted ‘unconditional pardon’
Kathleen Folbigg has been granted an unconditional pardon and will be released from prison “without delay” following an inquiry that analysed new evidence into the deaths of her four infant children.

  1. Child abuser slammed for ‘back-door’ action against Victoria Legal Aid
A convicted child abuser has been criticised by a Supreme Court for launching proceedings against Victoria Legal Aid.

  1. What to expect from Ben Roberts-Smith’s failed defamation trial
Ben Roberts-Smith has lost one of the biggest defamation trials in Australia’s history, so what does this mean for the future of the media landscape, potential criminal proceedings and a possible appeal? Defamation law experts have weighed in.