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High-profile appointments and a ‘vexatious litigant’: What’s hot in law this week (5–9 Feb)

In a week in which the Reserve Bank held the cash rate, there were numerous noteworthy appointments, both at the big end of town and at a political level. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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For the week from 5 February to 9 February, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. RBA makes first cash rate call for 2024
In this special announcement, brought to you by Legal Home Loans, we reveal the Reserve Bank’s first cash rate decision for 2024.

  1. Sydney lawyer fired after salary cut in half
A lawyer claimed she was fired the day after she called in sick for mental health distress by a director who regularly threatened to terminate her employment and halved her salary without sufficient notice.


  1. HWL Ebsworth promotes 64, including 8 to partner
Australia’s biggest legal partnership has gotten bigger, with eight lawyers across five of the firm’s offices being elevated to partner, while 56 other lawyers have been promoted to more senior roles.

  1. Maurice Blackburn principal named race discrimination commissioner
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has named a principal from national law firm Maurice Blackburn as Australia’s new race discrimination commissioner, taking over from incumbent Chin Tan.

  1. ACT lawyer declared vexatious litigant following explosive racism claims
An ACT solicitor who filed more than 30 proceedings against the Law Society over 15 years and made a number of sensational allegations of bias and racism has been declared a vexatious litigant.

  1. Thomson Geer takes teams from 2 BigLaw rivals
National law firm Thomson Geer has moved to bolster its senior ranks, hiring two Melbourne-based partners (and their all-female teams) from fellow national law firms.

  1. Maurice Blackburn secures ‘troubling’ $15m administrator bill
Following seven years of “considerable” work to distribute a $250 million settlement, Maurice Blackburn has convinced a court to grant it an additional $10 million over the predicted administration costs.

  1. Roberts-Smith counsel accuses trial judge of ‘pure speculation’
Counsel for Ben Roberts-Smith said it was wrong for the Federal Court to find he murdered Afghanistan citizens because the trial judge relied on “speculation” that was “not supported by evidence”.

  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. KWM senior associate joins Ashurst as partner in real estate team
Global law firm Ashurst has appointed a new partner for its Sydney-based real estate practice, hiring a senior associate from BigLaw rival King & Wood Mallesons.

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