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6 Mar 2019
Michael Cohen’s disbarment reminds lawyers of their obligations
When President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying under oath, his disbarment was not just a disappointment; it w...
procrastinate
5 Mar 2019
Why you procrastinate (and what to do about it)
A registered psychologist has offered insights into procrastination, offering up an interesting theory which helps explain why many lawyers leave ob...
Lisa Garton
5 Mar 2019
The fighting principles
In the centre of the ring I stand, exhausted. I have blood rushing to a fresh wound, a bruise on my lip and a smile on my face. As the sweat collects ...
4 Mar 2019
3 common money mistakes lawyers make
Many lawyers don’t know where to start when it comes to managing their money, writes Glen Hare. ...
1 Mar 2019
Advice for new law students from a recent graduate
So, you got into law school. Congratulations! You’ve a hell of a ride ahead of you. There will be tears, very late nights, and lots and lots of coff...
28 Feb 2019
Year-old data breach laws no cause to celebrate
Anniversaries should be occasions of joyous celebrations of milestones reached; birthdays are such, and yet, not all birthdays are a cause to celebrat...
27 Feb 2019
The 4% rule for moving your firm’s money needle
Your focus should be on intimately knowing your market and your prospects’ deepest desires, pains, fears, hopes, and dreams. You need to know them b...
26 Feb 2019
Is confetti the answer to the modern lawyer’s problems?
Confetti and law are perhaps not words that often appear in a sentence together, but I am starting to wonder if perhaps they should a whole lot more, ...
19 Feb 2019
Can frontline emergency workers sue for trauma for the horrors they see?
Can front line emergency service people claim compensation for the psychological trauma that confronts them at horrific accident scenes? asks Bennett ...
15 Feb 2019
Debunking cyber fears: How to minimise cyber vulnerability in the practice of law
The pace of development in modern legal practices is a reflection of societal norms, as well as the particular style of the practice owners. In law, ...
14 Feb 2019
Trial judges should not voice opinions to juries on disputes of fact: High Court
Obiter dicta from the High Court of Australia yesterday made clear that trial judges should avoid commenting on or advising how disputed questions of ...
6 Feb 2019
MinterEllison welcomes ALRC call for review of laws underpinning shareholder class actions
On 24 January 2019, the Attorney-General tabled in Parliament the ALRC final report titled Integrity, Fairness and Efficiency — An Inquiry into Clas...
4 Feb 2019
Lawyers’ working hours – who cares?
I can’t put it better than a feeling that there is a seismic turn – we are on the crest of a wave – when it comes to lawyers’ wellbeing, and w...
1 Feb 2019
The power of choice: How challenger firms are changing the game for senior lawyers
For many lawyers in private practice, attaining partnership is the ‘Holy Grail’. It represents a point of accomplishment and success. But where do...
29 Jan 2019
Should you be yourself at work?
Picture the scene, you’re at home after a long, hard day’s work. You’ve just settled down with a glass of wine and your favourite boxset on Stan...
25 Jan 2019
Politics at work
The celebration of Australia Day has become an increasingly contentious issue among Australians, writes McDonald Murholme’s Trent Hancock. ...
24 Jan 2019
Successful leaders in the legal industry require ‘inclusion intelligence’
Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, JFK, Jr., Winston Churchill and John Curtin not unlike many of history’s great leaders, all were challenged wit...
23 Jan 2019
2019 – The year in which culture becomes critical
The fallout from lapses in client’s organisational culture has no doubt kept many leaders awake and Australian law firms busy in 2018 but the best f...
22 Jan 2019
Life in-house with legal technology
Jessie Porteus recently wrote a very interesting piece setting out a typical day as an in-house lawyer. As an in-house lawyer myself and recently writ...
22 Jan 2019
How practising Brazilian Jui Jitsu has taught me to become a better lawyer
Sport, hobbies and other interests are important for a balanced life and it is common for lawyers to have interests outside of the law. For me, it has...
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Say your prayers: what employment law tells us about the Folau case
As the Israel Folau saga drags on, it is clear that – in accordance with employment law – the sa...