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Lawyers in hot water and major moves: What’s hot in law this week (25–28 March)

This week, one lawyer was ordered not to leave the country and another tried to dodge disciplinary action. Here are the top stories in law as the Easter long weekend approaches.

user iconNaomi Neilson 28 March 2024 Big Law
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Below are the most-read Lawyers Weekly stories from the last week:

  1. Solicitor under investigation ordered not to leave country
A court has restrained a Melbourne solicitor from leaving the country pending an investigation into a missing $26.6 million.

  1. Demand for $230k in fees backfires on national firm
A demand for a client to pay more than $230,000 in unpaid legal fees has backfired on a national firm.


  1. SA solicitor struck off for ‘egregious’ misappropriation of trust money
A South Australian solicitor who took more than $30,000 meant for six barristers has been struck off the roll.

  1. Lawyer claims privilege over material in disciplinary matter
A lawyer facing disciplinary action for allegedly sending an “emotionally manipulative” letter to his client’s ex-wife relied on legal professional privilege in an attempt to have material struck out.

  1. Lawyers not advising clients on non-disclosure agreements, report finds
The culture of silence is so entrenched that half of respondent lawyers have never advised clients they have the option not to sign a non-disclosure agreement, “alarming” new research has revealed.

  1. Hall & Wilcox takes partner from EY
Independent law firm Hall & Wilcox has appointed a new partner to bolster its corporate and transactional capability, who joins from Ernst & Young.

  1. Where lawyers aged 40+ want to work right now
Following the recent release of the 2023–24 Top 25 Attraction Firms ranking, Lawyers Weekly has broken down the data by age – here, we reveal which of the nation’s biggest practices are most appealing to lawyers in their mid-late careers, if they were to leave their current employers.

  1. 100-year-old firm merges with boutique
Boutique firm Thornton + King has merged with a 100-year-old firm based in Sydney, in a move the firm has described as a “Cinderella fit”.

  1. HFW promotes 5 senior staff across Asia-Pacific, including 2 Australian partners
Global law firm HFW has promoted a range of senior staff in the Asia-Pacific region, in what the firm said is the largest round of partner and legal director promotions in the region in more than a decade.

  1. $46.6m settlement reached in G8 Education class action
Plaintiff law firm Slater & Gordon has finalised a massive class action settlement with large childcare centre operator G8 Education, which is reportedly the first of its kind.

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