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29 Aug 2019
All sole practitioners need a financial mentor
Those operating boutique firms are great at creating communities and supporting each other’s ventures. But it is integral to also engage mentors who...
Cate Heyworth-Smith QC
29 Aug 2019
Obligation to report on fellow practitioners would be ‘draconian’
There are no express obligations to report misconduct of other legal professionals, and – despite consideration that it would assist in better enfor...
Josh Bornstein
29 Aug 2019
Maurice Blackburn takes over from Gordon Legal as CFMEU’s partner law firm
The Victorian-Tasmanian Construction Branch of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has confirmed Maurice Blackburn Lawy...
29 Aug 2019
‘Important constitutional test case’ looms for NSW coal mine
A Gomeroi woman has filed proceedings in the Federal Court challenging a decision not to protect areas of “immeasurable” cultural value at the sit...
29 Aug 2019
LCA ‘gravely concerned’ over China’s human rights breaches in Dr Yang case
The Law Council of Australia (LCA) joined the Australian government in voicing grave concerns that China has breached universal human rights laws afte...
29 Aug 2019
Major regulatory bodies in support of widening e-conveyancing market
Various government and regulatory bodies have come out in support of expanding the e-conveyancing market as new reports into its competitive benefits ...
29 Aug 2019
Victorians now able to change birth certificate gender without surgery
News laws passed by the Andrews Labor government mean that trans and gender diverse residents of Victoria can now alter the recorded sex on their birt...
28 Aug 2019
Victoria lawyer precluded from practice for 9 months
A Victorian-based practitioner has been reprimanded, ordered to pay $13,000 in costs and is to be precluded from holding a practising certificate for ...
28 Aug 2019
Harvard scholarships to shake up Aussie firms’ innovation
The constantly changing legal landscape is dependent on disruptive technologies and innovation, which is the key focus for two exclusive Harvard schol...
28 Aug 2019
CBA enters into further agreements with AIA for CommInsure Life
Herbert Smith Freehills has advised major bank CBA on its entry into agreements with AIA Group Limited in the divestments of CommInsure Life. ...
28 Aug 2019
UNSW Law to address industry’s outdated training methods
UNSW Law is set to roll out a new training program in a bid to equip the next generation of lawyers with the “practice ready” skills they need in ...
28 Aug 2019
Privacy Act protecting job applicants stealing credentials
A cyber lawyer has called for Australian universities to urgently change policies around confirming someone’s attendance and the degree they claim t...
27 Aug 2019
3 in 10 chief legal officers are shifting work to ‘lower priced firms’
Research shows that last year in-house team leaders are successfully using smaller law firms for the undertaking of legal work at a fraction of the co...
27 Aug 2019
Directors need broader understanding of ‘global trends’
Given the potential for disruption coming from all different industry types, company directors will need to beef up their appreciation of worldwide ma...
27 Aug 2019
Why your company secretary should have a legal background
Not only do lawyers already have the skill sets required to be successful company secretaries, but it can also be an incredibly rewarding path for pra...
27 Aug 2019
How can in-house teams better cater to wellness needs?
It is the duty of leadership in an in-house team to ensure that health and wellbeing issues can be communicated openly and honestly, both for junior a...
27 Aug 2019
CBA appoints Carmel Mulhern to executive group counsel
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has appointed Carmel Mulhern to its executive leadership team as group executive group counsel and governance. ...
27 Aug 2019
Misconduct allegations against Victorian judge dismissed
An allegation against a County Court judge that alcohol purchased using Coroners Court funds was removed for personal use has been dismissed. ...
27 Aug 2019
Is diversity and equality really that important in firms?
Despite the increase in the number of law firms pushing for diversity and equality within the workplace, lawyers do not consider it a motivation when ...
27 Aug 2019
Who has jurisdiction when crimes are committed in space?
The first alleged act of criminal conduct in outer space, which came to light in recent days, begs the question: what, and whose, laws apply? ...
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