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A busy week to wrap up the working year: What’s hot in law this week (18–22 Dec)

The summer break is all but here, but that hasn’t slowed down the news cycle! Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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For the week from 18 December to 22 December, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. NSW solicitor banned from practising for perverting course of justice
A solicitor from a small mining town in NSW had his practising certificate cancelled for perverting the course of justice.

  1. WA solicitor guilty of professional misconduct relating to elderly client
A West Australian solicitor has been found guilty of professional conduct relating to an elderly client’s capacity to make complex decisions.


  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. Suspended solicitor accused of trust account misconduct
An NSW solicitor already embroiled in criminal proceedings and a fight to hold onto her practising certificate is now challenging allegations she withdrew more than $100,000 from a trust account without authorisation.

  1. NSW Supreme Court welcomes 2 new judges
Two senior counsel have joined the equity division of the NSW Supreme Court, bringing with them 60 years of collective experience.

  1. Jones Day names new Aussie head
Global law firm Jones Day has appointed a new partner-in-charge of its Australian regional presence.

  1. NSW solicitor threatened alleged domestic violence victim
A solicitor was accused of threatening a woman inside a Local Court immediately prior to domestic violence proceedings.

  1. What I wish I’d known as a first-year or second-year law student
OPINION: It is never too early in your law degree to start thinking about and working on your career planning and prospects, writes Jimmy Ngo.

  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. Wotton + Kearney promotes 34, with 3 new partners
International law firm Wotton + Kearney has unveiled another major promotion round for 2023, with 34 Australia-based lawyers being elevated to more senior roles, including three to its partnership.

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