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Fights over fees and new silks: What’s hot in law this week (9–13 Oct)

The Voice referendum is finally here, and academics and judges around the country are out addressing concerns about the proposed constitutional change. Meanwhile, there have been notable proceedings catching 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 9 October to 13 October, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. NT’s bid to overturn grant of land to traditional owners fails
The Northern Territory failed to overturn a recommendation that a number of grants of land be given to the Aboriginal traditional owners.

  1. 25 NSW barristers appointed senior counsel
The NSW Bar Association has announced that 18 men and seven women have been appointed senior counsel.


  1. Mills Oakley adds 4 partners, acquires Sydney boutique
Mills Oakley has added four new partners to its growing ranks across Australia, as well as acquired a Sydney-based boutique family law practice.

  1. 4 new magistrates named in Victoria
The Victorian Attorney-General has made four appointments to the state’s Magistrates Court, who bring a “broad range of expertise” to the Victorian justice system.

  1. NSW Law Society CEO resigns
NSW Law Society chief executive officer Sonja Stewart will resign just over three years after she commenced in the role.

  1. Solicitor’s fight over fees extends into property war
An NSW man told a court a caveat on his property to secure legal services should be voided because of an extensive fight with his former solicitor over deception and fraud allegations.

  1. Solicitor and former client’s extensive war over fees escalates
One man’s crusade against his former solicitor over fees has spanned across a number of superior courts and has included separate stoushes with a barrister and a legal centre. With yet another court appearance on the cards, it appears there is no end in sight.

  1. Judge, law professors explain Voice vote ‘not constitutionally risky’
A week out from the Voice referendum, a former High Court chief justice, law organisations and university professors have addressed some of the arguments and concerns from “No” campaigners.

  1. NAB, MLC allegedly ‘ripped out’ millions in super fund scheme, court told
Thousands of MLC Super Fund beneficiaries were charged $165 million in fees for no service to allegedly advance the interests of the board and the National Australia Bank, a court has been told.

  1. Piper Alderman flags competing Qantas class action
Commercial firm Piper Alderman told a court it is weeks out from filing a competing class action against Qantas for failing to give customers full cash refunds for cancelled flights during the pandemic.