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Poachings, a rate pause and a strike-off: What’s hot in law this week (31 Jul–4 Aug)

The start of August has seen a string of team poachings across the BigLaw firms, while various court cases also caught the attention of the profession. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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For the week from 31 July to 4 August, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. Queensland solicitor’s ‘extraordinary’ error criticised by judge
A Queensland judge criticised a solicitor for making an “extraordinary and regrettable” error in his client’s claim for compensation.

  1. Boxing champion and lawyer reprimanded for ‘oversight’ of court orders
A lawyer who made a name for himself as a boxing champion failed to convince a tribunal to overturn a decision by a professional conduct committee of the Council of the Law Society of NSW to reprimand him for conduct that was “entirely inconsistent with the standards of competence and diligence”.


  1. RBA reveals August 2023 cash rate call
After holding the cash rate at 4.1 per cent last month, will the Reserve Bank increase the rate or continue to hold it? Find out in this special announcement, brought to you by Legal Home Loans.

  1. Barrister clashes with solicitor in Supreme Court dispute
A barrister and a solicitor, both with considerable experience in the profession, have clashed in a Supreme Court during a will dispute.

  1. NRF nabs senior trio from Clyde & Co
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed two partners (one of whom joins as a senior consultant) and a senior associate (who joins as a special counsel) from BigLaw rival Clyde & Co for its projects and construction practice.

  1. Lawyer convicted of indecent treatment of a child struck off
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal has ordered that one of the state’s lawyers, who failed to report his charge and ultimate conviction for a serious offence to QLS, be removed from the roll.

  1. Legal implications and lessons from Network Ten v van Onselen
Last month, NSW Supreme Court Justice David Hammerschlag found that Peter van Onselen breached his redundancy contract and the non-disparagement clause within it. Here, employment lawyers reflect on the legal implications of this decision moving forward.

  1. Pinsent Masons launches Aussie employment and reward practice with teams from 2 BigLaw rivals
Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has nabbed two partners and two special counsel from Lander & Rogers and a partner and associate from Holding Redlich, with whom it is launching an employment and reward practice in Australia.

  1. White & Case takes senior pair from Clayton Utz
Global law firm White & Case has launched a global financial restructuring and insolvency (FRI) practice in Australia with the addition of two partners who have come across from Clayton Utz.

  1. COVID-19 discrimination claim ‘offends common sense’, judge rules
A Federal Court judge said it would “offend common sense” if he allowed a woman to bring a claim of discrimination against a Melbourne hospital for requiring her to wear a face shield.