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Greenwashing, ‘exorbitant’ class action fees and ‘lazy girl jobs’: What’s hot in law this week (24–28 July)

As July comes to a close, workplace trends for lawyers and costs in litigation have been making headlines. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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

  1. Federal Court judge’s cutting attack on colleague and solicitor
The Federal Court has condemned a judge for her “unwillingness” to deliver a judgment for almost three years and has criticised a solicitor who turned a blind eye to the illegalities behind his business.

  1. Court rejects expert’s criticism of ‘exorbitant’ class action fees
When approving costs for a Victorian law firm that ran a successful bushfire class action across the country, a Supreme Court rejected criticisms from an expert that its fees were “exorbitant”.


  1. Sydney criminal lawyer shot in alleged ‘targeted’ attack
A high-profile Sydney criminal lawyer has been shot in what police believe was a “targeted” attack.

  1. Legal candidates may move away from top-tier firms, says recruiter
As burnout continues to be rife in the legal profession, one legal recruiter has predicted that BigLaw firms will start to lose candidates to boutiques in favour of shorter days and increased work/life balance.

  1. ‘Lazy girl jobs’ growing in popularity with Gen Z
Workplace trends are constantly emerging, each bringing its own sentiments on workplace attitudes. The latest is the #lazygirljob that’s hit TikTok, which may be a window into the feelings of Gen Z lawyers.

  1. Craig Kelly wins legal fight over election posters
Former MP Craig Kelly has savaged the Australian Electoral Commission for its “malicious prosecution” in the moments after a Federal Court found his election posters were not in contravention.

  1. ‘Heartbreaking’ $5m public housing settlement comes without apology from Victorian government
The Victorian Supreme Court has been told that the “hard” public housing lockdowns of 2020 in Melbourne were “reasonable and demonstrably justifiable”, despite a class action alleging that residents were wrongly detained without access to proper food and medicine.

  1. Prioritising different responsibilities as a law student
Having three jobs and completing a legal degree is no easy feat – but this law student has found that reprioritising different parts of her life depending on her coursework has helped her get better at handling it all.

  1. ASIC launches Federal Court proceedings against Vanguard following alleged greenwashing
ASIC has continued its crackdown on greenwashing, launching another case against an investment fund following alleged misleading and deceptive conduct.

  1. PwC scandal sparks calls to ‘break up the big 4’
Separating the audit, advisory and consulting services of the big four firms is the only way to ensure the integrity of the audit function, says a former ACCC chair.