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An alleged court hack and discovering one’s niche: What’s hot in law this week (8–12 Jan)

While lawyers across the country are slowly coming back to the office (including home offices), the wheels of the market keep spinning. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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For the week from 8 January to 12 January, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. Aspiring lawyer with criminal history questions open justice
An application to close the court for a disciplinary matter concerning an aspiring lawyer’s criminal history has been thrown out.

  1. ‘Pathetic human’: NSW solicitor insults opposing lawyer
A solicitor sent a number of unusual threats and comments to an opposing practitioner, including calling him a “pathetic human” and suggesting he would be responsible for an elderly woman’s death.


  1. Victorian court systems allegedly breached by hackers
Victoria’s courts have been hit by a cyber attack allegedly at the hands of Russia-based hackers.

  1. Debt capital markets partner joins Corrs from KWM
National law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has added a partner from BigLaw rival King & Wood Mallesons.

  1. Finding your niche as a lawyer
The choice to specialise can significantly impact a lawyer’s career and its trajectory. Here, learn why pursuing a specific practice area could be beneficial to you.

  1. How junior lawyers can put themselves out there
The immediate past president of the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) has shared how new-to-industry lawyers can put their best foot forward by maintaining an authentic and genuine online presence.

  1. Build relationships and the work will follow, says associate
Building long-lasting relationships rather than treating each interaction like a transaction will hold junior lawyers in good stead, a recruiter-turned-associate says.

  1. PODCAST: Navigating a ‘really big shift’ in family law
In the wake of substantial change to the landscape, practitioners are having to undergo shifts in their mindset and approach, including in the charging of costs to clients in a cost-of-living crisis. Such change is giving rise to a need for practitioners to revamp and expand their operations, argues one partner.

  1. New Collaery court documents further evidence of flawed laws, solicitor says
Newly released court judgments that criticised the Commonwealth’s attempts to keep its pursuit of a former attorney-general behind closed doors is yet another example of why urgent national security law reforms are needed, a solicitor has argued.

  1. ‘Great shame’: Qld solicitor removed from roll for financial misconduct
A Queensland solicitor found guilty of trust account misconduct, excessive charging, and cost disclosure failures said his 30-year career ended in “great stress, shame and embarrassment”.