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‘Unmeritorious’ litigation exposure and new BigLaw partners: What’s hot in law this week (22–26 Jan)

In the lead-up to Australia Day, concerns were flagged about the new Costs Protection Bill, and some of the nation’s largest practices have bolstered their partnership ranks. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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For the week from 22 January to 26 January, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. Man with child abuse convictions allowed to work in law firm
An NSW man convicted of child sexual offences will be allowed to complete practical legal training.

  1. Judge slams Tesla for ‘ridiculous, draconian’ arrest bid
Tesla’s application to have the Federal Court issue an arrest warrant for a man who allegedly shared leaked material online has been slammed by a judge as “ridiculous”, unrealistic, and “draconian”.


  1. Solicitor removed from roll for accusing Chief Justice of corruption
A Victorian solicitor who made a number of “scandalous” and unfounded allegations about the Chief Justice and other judicial officers of the Supreme Court has been removed from the roll.

  1. NRF names 3 new Aussie partners
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has elevated three women to its partnership ranks in Australia.

  1. The trends law students should be across in 2024
As the legal industry continually evolves, 2024 will bring a multitude of challenges and opportunities for law students. Here, see key issues that these individuals need to be across this year, from final-year and award-winning law students themselves.

  1. Commonwealth settles Nauru child sexual assault case
The Commonwealth government has reached a settlement with an underage girl who was sexually assaulted in Nauru.

  1. Kennedys’ Aussie head on the firm’s push to be a ‘growing force’ in Australia’s insurance market
Insurance practices face numerous challenges this year, and the Australian managing partner for global firm Kennedys is keen to meet those challenges head-on as the BigLaw practice looks to grasp the opportunities in front of it and leverage its strengths.

  1. Costs protection bill could expose courts to ‘unmeritorious’ litigation, Law Council warns
A bill designed to protect vulnerable people from adverse costs orders could be used by applicants to pursue “unmeritorious and protracted” litigation, the Law Council submits.

  1. Court questions funders’ access to Epic Games, Apple data
The Federal Court questioned whether litigation funders should receive data ahead of a 16-week trial brought by two class actions and a video game company against Apple and Google.

  1. Clayton Utz promotes 3 to partnership
BigLaw firm Clayton Utz has promoted three new partners across a variety of practice areas.