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Firm cuts, ‘unmanageable’ workloads, and award winners: What’s hot in law this week (14–18 Aug)

Following Lawyers Weekly’s biggest awards night of the year, workplace and court matters have caught the attention of legal readers. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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For the week from 14 August to 18 August, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. Winners of Australian Law Awards 2023 revealed
Lawyers Weekly and principal partner Dye & Durham are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Australian Law Awards.

  1. BigLaw redundancies now extending to fee earners
Following reports just over a month ago about cuts to the back offices of some of the nation’s largest legal practices, more BigLaw firms have had to make difficult decisions about staffing.


  1. Bankrupt lawyer back in court following $4.7m ATO debt
The Federal Court has heard yet another chapter in a long-running dispute involving a bankrupt Melbourne migration lawyer who moved to Romania amid a $4.7 million debt he owed the ATO.

  1. Lawyer shot in ‘targeted’ attack wins court bid
A criminal lawyer shot in a “targeted” attack has won a court bid to have all electronic devices seized by police returned to him.

  1. Court in favour of PwC partner forced to retire amid tax scandal
The NSW Supreme Court has blocked PwC from booting one of its partners due to his alleged involvement in the firm’s tax scandal.

  1. Tasmanian lawyer accused of pressuring woman to drop assault charges
A Tasmanian lawyer was accused of putting pressure on a woman to withdraw common assault charges against his client.

  1. WA solicitor fails to overturn historic legal representation rule
A West Australian solicitor who sought to appear for his own company failed to overturn a decades-old requirement that a corporation has legal representation.

  1. 2 silks appointed to NSW District Court
NSW Attorney-General Michael Daley has named two Sydney-based senior counsel as the newest judges of the state’s District Court.

  1. Qld lawyer reprimanded for revealing party in domestic violence matter
A Queensland lawyer has been penalised for identifying a man and his children as a party in domestic violence proceedings.

  1. DLA Piper adds renewables partner from PwC
Global law firm DLA Piper has appointed a projects and infrastructure partner from big four accounting firm PwC, who will be based in its Melbourne office.

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