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Bonuses, promotions and court claims: What’s hot in law this week (12-16 June)

Legal news isn’t showing any signs of slowing down as EOFY approaches. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 17 June 2023 Big Law
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For the week from 12 June to 16 June, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. High-profile criminal lawyer fails to scrap $130k bankruptcy notice
High-profile criminal lawyer Zali Burrows has failed to fend off a bankruptcy notice over a $130,000 legal bill.

  1. Brisbane firm defends itself against invoice stoush
A Brisbane firm has had to defend itself against a former client who claimed she could not contest her invoices over fears she would be left to deal with a Family Court matter on her own.


  1. Gadens promotes 7 to partner
National law firm Gadens is the latest BigLaw firm to unveil a new cohort of partners, with seven making the grade. With this new round of promotions, the firm has elevated nine to the partnership so far this year, and 40 per cent of that partnership is now female.

  1. Sydney solicitor who made major claims about NSW Bar struck from roll
A Sydney lawyer’s name has been struck from the roll of practitioners following a number of sensational allegations, including that a senior member had been “staring at him” and the NSW Bar Association and the council “orchestrated” a campaign against him professionally.

  1. Regional criminal lawyer fights former firm on restraint clause
A regional criminal lawyer was forced to defend a decision to open his new practice within a minute’s walk of his former firm.

  1. Is the 9-to-5 for lawyers ‘redundant’ and sexist?
FEATURE: After recent claims that the current school hours are “sexist” and rely on the fact that women are responsible for the school pick-up, are nine-to-five working hours similar — and do these hours negatively affect female lawyers and their career trajectory?

  1. ‘Not surprising’: GCs seeing big remuneration, bonus increases
With risk management experts in such demand for governance purposes, general counsel and company secretaries are seeing sizable remuneration increases and performance bonuses, new research has found.

  1. Client loses million-dollar claim against deceased solicitor
A man has dragged the NSW Law Society into yet another legal fight over allegations he made about his deceased solicitor.

  1. What a judge-alone trial in Lehrmann’s defamation case may look like
With Bruce Lehrmann’s highly publicised defamation hearing against Network Ten proceeding without a jury, a legal expert has weighed in on what to expect from the hearing.

  1. Former prisoner’s ‘unusual’ case against major compensation firm
A Supreme Court said it was faced with an “unusual” matter when a former prisoner attempted to bring disciplinary proceedings against one of Australia’s biggest compensation firms.

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