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Gender pay gaps exposed and a BigLaw acquisition proposal: What’s hot in law this week (26 Feb–1 Mar)

In the week when the Workplace Gender Equality Agency revealed the pay divides for men and women at Australia’s biggest firms, a listed practice confirmed a UK-based player wants to buy it out. Here is your weekly round-up of the biggest stories for Australia’s legal profession.

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For the week from 26 February to 1 March, these were the 10 most-read stories on Lawyers Weekly (in case you missed them):

  1. What the gender pay gap looks like at Australia’s biggest firms
New workplace data has revealed the gender pay gap at Australia’s largest legal workplaces. Here, Lawyers Weekly lists the firms with the best and worst gender salary divide.

  1. Solicitor shot inside Sydney law firm
A family lawyer was shot and wounded inside his Sydney law firm.


  1. Lawyer asks entire bench to recuse itself from disciplinary hearing
A lawyer tried to have an entire Court of Appeal bench recused from hearing an application to have his name struck off.

  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. QANTM confirms acquisition proposal by UK player
ASX-listed intellectual property firm QANTM has confirmed it has received a proposal from a UK-based international intellectual property firm to acquire all its shares.

  1. Medibank fails to block investigation into data hack
The Federal Court has dismissed Medibank’s attempts to shut down an investigation into the October 2022 data hack.

  1. ICAC took ‘dangerous’ view of Berejiklian’s ‘attachment’ to MP, court told
The “attachment” former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian had with MP Daryl Maguire should not have been the foundation for ICAC’s corruption finding, a Supreme Court was told.

  1. Sydney woman again fails to dodge $35k legal fee
A Supreme Court has thrown out a Sydney woman’s fourth attempt to dodge a $35,000 payment to her former firm.

  1. Perth solicitor enters mediation with dissatisfied client
A Perth solicitor found guilty of professional misconduct was ordered to attend mediation with a former client over compensation concerns.

  1. Justice Jackman: ‘Deeply troubling’ limits on the duty of utmost good faith
In a recent speech, the Honourable Ian McNeil Jackman outlined five “limits” on the duty of utmost good faith – which requires parties to exercise their powers reasonably and not arbitrarily.