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The most sought-after BigLaw firms, OAIC investigations, and more: What’s hot in law this week (19–23 Feb)

This week, Lawyers Weekly unveiled its annual Attraction Firms ranking, detailing which firms lawyers most want to move to. Elsewhere, another global practice has entered Sydney’s market. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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For the week from 19 February to 23 February, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. Top 25 Attraction Firms revealed for 2023–24
Lawyers Weekly, in partnership with Agile Market Intelligence, is thrilled to unveil the law firms that practitioners, if they were to leave their current employers, would be most attracted to.

  1. Victorian lawyer lodges wrongful caveat on feuding neighbour
A Victorian lawyer who assisted a client’s fence line feud with a neighbour has faced disciplinary proceedings.


  1. OAIC to open investigation into HWL Ebsworth hack
The Australian information commissioner is launching an investigation into the personal information handling practices of HWL Ebsworth Lawyers following the data breach suffered in May of last year.

  1. Bankrupt solicitor maintains ‘grave’ racism allegations despite warnings
A solicitor who was recently declared a vexatious litigant has repeated unfounded allegations of racism against a Law Society member in an attempt to shake a bankruptcy notice.

  1. ‘Deficiencies’ in bankruptcy process for struck-off solicitor, says judge
A Federal Court judge says the move from paper filing to electronic systems has allowed a former solicitor’s bankruptcy matter to slip through the cracks, adding “procedural insult to procedural injury”.

  1. New Queensland DPP appointed
A new Director of Public Prosecutions has been appointed in Queensland for a five-year term.

  1. Global law firm opens Sydney office
Global law firm Pogust Goodhead has launched a Sydney office, after filing a $70 billion class action against mining giant BHP.

  1. Lawyers hit back at politician’s ‘unfair’, inaccurate criticism of WA magistrate
Lawyers have slated comments made by a politician about a magistrate’s bail decision as both unfair and inappropriate.

  1. Macquarie Law School students win Jessup moot
Undefeated throughout the entire competition, students from Macquarie University Law School have been crowned the winners of this year’s Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

  1. 2 barristers appointed to NSW Local Court
NSW Attorney-General Michael Daley has named two prosecutors as magistrates to the state’s Local Court, who bring decades of combined experience to their new roles.