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Tips to make partner and a BigLaw firm’s new leadership team: What’s hot in law this week (13–17 Nov)

The market is starting to look ahead to 2024, but that doesn’t mean the news cycle for 2023 is slowing down just yet. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

user iconLawyers Weekly 18 November 2023 Big Law
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For the week from 13 November to 17 November, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. Principal lawyer guilty of professional misconduct for breaching undertaking
The principal of a Sydney boutique firm has been reprimanded for breaching an undertaking with an opposing solicitor.

  1. Precedent set for disciplinary decision-makers following lawyer’s bullying complaints
A decision scrutinising the date a Legal Profession Act was repealed, the implications of an email, and the bullying allegations against lawyers have set a new precedent for what a disciplinary complaints officer must do before a decision is considered finalised.


  1. JK Rowling’s ‘unfounded’ comments have no place in Australian courts
Following comments made by the author of the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling, a Chief Justice has issued a strong statement: Australian courts which adopt open and respectful procedures cannot be influenced by the likes of her.

  1. Negligence claims against barristers dismissed but compensation still possible
A complaint by property owners against a firm of solicitors and two barristers was thrown out of an administrative tribunal, but it remains open for them to pursue damages for alleged negligence.

  1. Strategies for junior lawyers keen on a path to partnership
A BigLaw partner has imparted his top tips for lawyers looking to head down a similar career trajectory.

  1. Complaints withdrawn but Perth solicitor still on hook for costs
A legal complaints committee withdrew an application for disciplinary action over allegations stemming from a controversial radio interview – but the solicitor is still saddled with the costs of her defence.

  1. It seems, to me, that more and more young lawyers want to leave the law
OPINION: From what I can see, many fresh young guns – who once dreamed of making the legal world better – are now opting to leave the legal circus rather than pursue a career within it, writes Stefanie Costi.

  1. Sydney man pleads guilty to impersonating solicitor
A Sydney man who impersonated a solicitor in criminal proceedings faces a fine of more than $25,000.

  1. McInnes Wilson names new national chair, joint managing principals
National firm McInnes Wilson Lawyers has unveiled a new executive leadership team in 2024 as it approaches its 50th anniversary.

  1. ‘Vexatious litigant’ takes boutique firm to court over defamation dispute
A highly litigious man who wanted to sue a Sydney newspaper for defamation over an alleged “war criminal” imputation has taken aim at the law firm that advised him he was unlikely to succeed.