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27 Aug 2019
Culture of ‘hierarchy and fear’ must be discarded by law firms
If law firms are to attract and maintain the right talent, there must be a cultural shift away from outdated models and movement towards greater immer...
Senate chamber
27 Aug 2019
Repeal of medevac laws will lessen our compliance with international obligations
Not only do the medevac laws cost taxpayers less for refugee transfers, but they also ensure better compliance with Australia’s legal duties. ...
Daragh Anglim
27 Aug 2019
‘Shifting attitudes’ further case for worldwide medical cannabis legalisation
The legislation of medical cannabis has been steadfast in recent years, with attitudes in certain countries shifting in favour of its liberalisation, ...
26 Aug 2019
Modern Slavery Act just ‘window dressing’, not effective for law firms
Australia’s Modern Slavery Act is just “virtual signalling”, according to a university law lecturer who has doubted the anti-slavery law’s eff...
26 Aug 2019
Solicitor publicly reprimanded for failing to respond to communications
A solicitor has been found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct due to a failure to respond to urgent communications on behalf of his clients...
26 Aug 2019
Firms to act for clients in modern slavery reporting requirements
In light of recent modern slavery amendments, firms should be updating any reporting requirements to ensure both the firm and clients are operating wi...
26 Aug 2019
Bipartisanship needed to address prison numbers, says former NSW A-G
The number of people imprisoned, both in NSW and across the country, will continue to rise unless there is a bipartisan approach from both sides of po...
26 Aug 2019
Public drunkenness to be decriminalised in Victoria
The Andrews Labor government will abolish the crime of public drunkenness and replace it with an Aboriginal-led health-based response, in order to pro...
23 Aug 2019
Satisfaction with law firms at 5-year low
Exclusive research has shown satisfaction among Australian legal professionals has dropped to its lowest point in five years. ...
23 Aug 2019
Lawyers protest ‘extraordinary’ increase in police strip searches
NSW lawyers are calling for an immediate reform to police strip searching laws as it is revealed there has been an almost twentyfold increase in searc...
23 Aug 2019
LCA backs public consults into ‘rushed’ encryption legislation
The Law Council of Australia has welcomed a new review into encryption legislation, which it says will play a vital role in ensuring public trust. ...
23 Aug 2019
Central Coast Law Society donates to help domestic violence victims
The Regional law society in the NSW Central Coast has donated to one of the region’s domestic violence programs to tackle the increase in women flee...
23 Aug 2019
NSW to introduce chatbots to help solve legal queries
One-quarter of a million dollars has been invested into designing and building a chatbot to help vulnerable people solve common legal problems in New ...
22 Aug 2019
Melbourne firms confirm merger
Two Melbourne-headquartered law firms will become one next month, after a decision was reached to merge their offerings as part of continued growth pl...
22 Aug 2019
Why was Pell’s appeal dismissed?
By a majority vote of two to one, the Court of Appeal in Victoria dismissed Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against his conviction for child sex offen...
22 Aug 2019
New categories added for Women in Law Awards
This year’s Women in Law Awards will feature two new categories: Company Secretary of the Year and Indigenous Lawyer of the Year. ...
22 Aug 2019
Lawyers respond angrily to delay on abortion decriminalisation vote
The Berejiklian government in New South Wales has postponed a vote to decriminalise abortion in the premier state, which has been labelled “an insul...
22 Aug 2019
Solicitor found guilty of dishonest misappropriation of funds
A NSW lawyer has been found guilty of professional misconduct and unsatisfactory professional misconduct due to the dishonest misappropriation of fund...
21 Aug 2019
Former magistrate to be struck off for child sex offences
A former Queensland-based magistrate has been recommended for removal from the roll in the Sunshine State following his conviction in 2017 for 18 chi...
21 Aug 2019
Pell’s fate decided by Victorian Court of Appeal
The judgment in George Pell v The Queen has been handed down this morning by the Court of Appeal in Victoria. ...
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