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Team movements and a court warning about personal details: What’s hot in law this week (20–24 Nov)

A judge has warned that personal details provided to firms may not be safe, and in the BigLaw realm, partner and team movements are heating up. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

user iconLawyers Weekly 25 November 2023 Big Law
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For the week from 20 November to 24 November, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. Barrister avoids jail time following defamation threats
A barrister has narrowly avoided prison time on contempt charges, including sending legal threats to Lawyers Weekly.

  1. HFW takes 5 partners, 15 lawyers from MinterEllison
Global law firm HFW has nabbed five partners from fellow BigLaw practice MinterEllison, as well as a team of 15 lawyers, as it moves to bolster its regional offerings in corporate, projects, regulatory, and restructuring.


  1. Lawyer may face disciplinary action over ‘baseless’ claims made against solicitor, barrister
A solicitor and her husband may face disciplinary action over several sensational fraud allegations she made against a barrister and solicitor who were retained to assist with her large credit card debt.

  1. Hamilton Locke adds 5 partners from 4 BigLaw rivals
International firm Hamilton Locke has continued its rapid growth, appointing five new partners from four different BigLaw practices, including a team from Holding Redlich.

  1. Judges warn personal details no longer safe in courts
With more Australian companies hit with cyber attacks in recent months, judges have cautioned practitioners against sharing information or using systems that may leave them vulnerable.

  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. Verdict in for Qantas’ unlawful termination of health and safety rep
The NSW District Court handed down a verdict in the first criminal prosecution brought against Qantas for standing down a health and safety representative at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. Nuix accused of ‘losing sight’ of market during first hearing day
ASIC accused technology company Nuix of “losing sight” of the market when it published two ASX announcements in early 2021.

  1. NSW A-G appoints 2 new District Court judges, new Chief Judge at common law
Earlier this month, NSW Attorney-General Michael Daley named two barristers as judges for the state’s District Court and elevated a Supreme Court justice to judge of appeal and Chief Judge at common law.

  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.

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