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Avoiding judicial crisis and a grievance with the legal system: What’s hot in law this week (29 Jan–2 Feb)

Post-public holiday, courts across the country are back in full swing, and the big end of town is ramping up promotion and hiring. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 03 February 2024 Big Law
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For the week from 29 January to 2 February, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. NSW lawyer fired for internet search history
An intellectual property firm was ordered to compensate a former employee it dismissed over his internet browsing history.

  1. WA judge accused of bias, ‘overwhelmingly’ preferring party
A West Australian woman accused a District Court judge of bias over her connection with a family member’s business activities.


  1. Client takes out ‘grievance’ with legal system on boutique firm
A woman with a “genuine” grievance about the legal system and its alleged role in her mother’s death has refused to pay a boutique firm more than $20,000 in legal fees.

  1. Westpac fined $1.8m for pre-hedging interest rate swap
The Federal Court found Westpac engaged in unconscionable conduct when it executed Australia’s largest interest rate swap transaction.

  1. Judges, magistrates need more support to avoid judicial crisis, Chief Justice says
NSW Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Andrew Bell said judges and magistrates need further support, or the Australian court system will risk following the United Kingdom into a judicial crisis.

  1. Mills Oakley continues to add partners
National law firm Mills Oakley has added another three professionals to its partnership ranks, two of whom have come across from BigLaw rivals, and following what the firm says was a “record year of entrants” to the partnership.

  1. 4 promoted within HSF alternative legal services practice
Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has continued to bolster its alternative legal services practice in Australia with four promotions to the leadership team.

  1. ‘Times have changed’: Being an advocate without being a barrister
While barristers have traditionally done most of the advocacy work within the Australian legal profession, this criminal lawyer is finding that, more than ever, solicitors can and should be undertaking advocacy work too.

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

  1. Sparke Helmore promotes 4
In a round of new year promotions, Sparke Helmore has bolstered a number of practices with the addition of three special counsel and one senior associate.

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