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Partners celebrated and a lack of post-pandemic holidays: What’s hot in law this week (17–21 July)

Australia’s best partners and partner equivalents for 2023 have been recognised, and polling suggests that lawyers are taking fewer holidays in the new normal than they did pre-pandemic. Plus, there were some fascinating court cases in the past week. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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

  1. Piper Alderman takes team from EY
National law firm Piper Alderman has bolstered its Sydney office with the addition of a new, all-female superannuation team, including two partners and one senior associate from big four firm Ernst & Young.

  1. Retired NSW solicitor fails in attempt to recoup income
A retired NSW solicitor unsuccessfully challenged the amount he was paid under a partnership and retirement deed.


  1. Landmark class action, unjust charges involved in ex-solicitor’s proceedings
An ex-solicitor who had his name stripped from the roll has taken on his former solicitor in proceedings involving wrongful fraud allegations and a landmark class action against a collapsed insurer.

  1. Victorian barristers slam Dan Andrews’ Lawyer X comments as ‘misguided, wrong’
Premier Daniel Andrews’ comments after the closure of the Lawyer X investigative office have been denounced as “misguided, wrong and inappropriate” by 38 of Victoria’s most eminent barristers.

  1. Winners of the Partner of the Year Awards 2023 revealed
Lawyers Weekly and principal partner Commonwealth Bank of Australia are thrilled to announce the 35 winners of this year’s Partner of the Year Awards.

  1. Majority of lawyers taking fewer holidays post-pandemic
With inflation rising by over 7 per cent this year, it’s unsurprising that many Australians are cutting back on overseas travel. Lawyers, however, have reported taking fewer holidays in general.

  1. ‘Compromised’ in-house lawyers condemned in robodebt report
From the “alarming” way they carried out legal services through to the “problematic” view of their job descriptions, it seemed almost every corner of the in-house legal team behind the hugely controversial robodebt scheme was compromised.

  1. Sparke Helmore elevates 28 and Sparke Helmore names 5 new partners
National law firm Sparke Helmore has commenced the new financial year with the promotion of 33 lawyers, including five to its partnership.

  1. CFS class action over grandfathered commissions reaches $100m settlement
Colonial First State Investments Limited (CFSIL) and Slater & Gordon have reached an in-principle settlement worth $100 million.

  1. Van Onselen loses Network Ten’s breach of contract case
A court has made a ruling on whether Peter van Onselen breached his redundancy contract with his former employer, Network Ten.

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