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The biggest news affecting in-house lawyers in 2019

It’s been a massive 12 months. Here are our top 10 most-read Corporate Counsel stories.

user iconEmma Musgrave 24 December 2019 Corporate Counsel
The biggest news affecting in house lawyers
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10. What’s luring in-house lawyers back to private practice?

Kicking off the top 10 is a piece that centered around Mahlab’s Roundtable Briefing, which, among other things, showed why there is an increasing number of senior in-house legal professionals electing to return to private practice.

9. Young lawyers encouraged to make in-house switch sooner


March saw workplace law specialist at Bartier Perry Linda Mackinlay prompt young legal professionals to consider a career path that switches between private practice and in-house, noting the strategy can help build better lawyers.

8. High Court decision in Glencore ‘potentially worrying’ for in-house lawyers

In August, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) voiced its concerns about the High Court’s stance on legal professional privilege and the potential motivation for cybercriminals to hack sensitive client information.

7. Law schools can do more to promote in-house careers

Speaking to Lawyers Weekly early on in 2019, University of Tasmania legal counsel Theo Kapodistrias – who is a two-time winner of the 30 Under 30 Awards and a winner, too, at the Corporate Counsel Awards – said law schools and law student societies have traditionally promoted opportunities which are available in the large commercial firms and clerkship opportunities.

6. AMP hits back at ‘condescending’ GC suing them for $2.5m

In late October, financial services giant AMP responded to the claims lodged by former general counsel Larissa Baker Cook, denying she was the one who exposed the “fees for no service” saga or that it had authorised her to bring legally privileged documents into a mediation.

5. Businesses with Facebook pages ‘should be worried’

The Supreme Court of NSW, in an action brought by former Don Dale detainee Dylan Voller, ruled that news outlets are primary publishers of defamatory user comments posted on their public Facebook pages, even prior to receiving any complaint.

In this piece, Marque Lawyer partner Hannah Marshall shared the flow-on effects.

4. What does a typical day look like for in-house counsel?

In a blog post, Coca-Cola Amatil legal counsel Jessie Porteus outlined what up-and-coming lawyers can expect from life in-house.

3. Former GC sentenced after giving false or misleading information to ASIC

In June, a former general counsel found herself in hot water after pleading guilty to one count of giving false or misleading information to ASIC.

2. Salaries, bonuses and benefits: What lawyers are worth

Remuneration, salary bonuses and incentives are always catching the eye of readers. In this story, Mahlab broke down the latest stats on what lawyers in the in-house space were getting paid.

1. Why Qantas may be liable in Folau case

The Folau saga was one of the most high-profile sports stories Australia has seen in years – filled with plenty of ramifications.
In this story, we spoke to McDonald Murholme managing director Alan McDonald on how Qantas was set to be implicated in the saga.



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