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Folbigg conviction quashed and a fake lawyer convicted: What’s hot in law this week (11–15 Dec)

This week, numerous court cases, the alma maters of the profession’s rising stars, and further BigLaw movements have garnered readers’ attention. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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For the week from 11 December to 15 December, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. WA lawyer misappropriated $80k from client’s estate
The fate of a West Australian lawyer remains unclear after he was found to have misappropriated over $80,000 from a client’s estate.

  1. ‘Wet dildo’: Solicitor faces discipline for shocking social media posts
Controversial lawyer Nathan Buckley, who publicly accused the Law Society of NSW of targeting his “arse like a wet dildo”, has failed to have an application for disciplinary findings thrown out.


  1. Decision made on Kathleen Folbigg’s conviction
Kathleen Folbigg’s application to quash a conviction for the deaths of her four children has been decided by the Court of Criminal Appeal.

  1. Where did 30 Under 30 finalists go to law school?
Following the reveal of this year’s 30 Under 30 finalists, Lawyers Weekly can now reveal which Australian law schools produced the greatest number of finalists for the 2023 awards.

  1. Fake lawyer convicted in NSW court
An NSW man who told police and a judicial officer he was entitled to practise as a lawyer has been convicted.

  1. Client says he felt ‘trapped’ into Queensland firm’s retainer
A man who owes a Brisbane firm $550,000 in legal fees has accused his lawyers of pursuing his case despite knowing he was unwell.

  1. Indonesian lawyer accuses Canberra law firm of stealing clients
An Indonesian lawyer seeking to take over an Australian class action has made several sensational allegations against a Canberra firm, including a claim its lawyers used intimidation to “steal” her client.

  1. NSW Legal Aid accused of refusing to employ pregnant solicitor
A solicitor accused NSW Legal Aid of discrimination for allegedly failing to offer her further employment because she was pregnant.

  1. Melbourne lawyer’s ‘concerning’ financial activity investigated
A Melbourne criminal lawyer suspected of breaching anti-money laundering laws failed to have his practising certificate restored.

  1. Moray & Agnew promotes 2 to partner, 2 to senior associate
National law firm Moray & Agnew has elevated four lawyers to more senior positions, including two to its partnership.

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