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Opinion

25 Jun 2019
Is the legal profession a wellbeing wasteland?
Given the endemic nature of mental health issues in law, a multipronged approach, as well as and cooperation and collaboration by all relevant stakeh...
Nigel Carson
24 Jun 2019
Are you being watched? How smart gadgets can ‘spy’ on us
How often are you home alone? If you own a smart gadget — be it a TV, a smart speaker or a mobile phone — then let me answer that for you: never...
Anthony Hersch
21 Jun 2019
Beating the distraction devil: How to optimise performance by staying focused
If the devil is in the detail, then distraction is not that far behind, writes Anthony Hersch. ...
19 Jun 2019
Flexible work is the foundation for healthy, inclusive law firms
Will change in the legal profession be embraced as an opportunity to create workplaces where our people thrive, or one in which they begrudgingly put ...
18 Jun 2019
Half-yearly cyber considerations for corporate counsel
As we count down to the halfway mark for 2019, we take stock of current developments in the cyber risk landscape, and signpost upcoming changes that c...
17 Jun 2019
Avoid these key communication mistakes to keep clients happy
There is a very high degree of professionalism and expertise required in law, and the dedication and training go beyond most professions, writes Darr...
11 Jun 2019
Why in-house teams should be hiring student interns and grads
Having a law student intern or a law graduate within an in-house team can provide many benefits to both the legal team and to the individual, writes ...
11 Jun 2019
Keeping your legal hat on: Privilege for in-house counsel
In-house lawyers are required to undertake both legal and non-legal tasks, and it is imperative that a proactive approach is taken in distinguishing b...
11 Jun 2019
Not ‘towards zero’?
The NSW government has made amendments to road transport legislation which it says is to support its road safety policy “Towards Zero”. The legisl...
5 Jun 2019
Folau sacking spurs public scrum but what are his legal prospects?
The public scrum over the sacking of Israel Folau by Rugby Australia has continued to gain momentum, with reports the Federal Government may press ahe...
4 Jun 2019
Running an ultra-marathon while juggling life
One of my recent personal adventures was to train and run a 50-kilometre trail race. While the race itself was the big event, it was the five months o...
4 Jun 2019
New whistleblowing laws, risks, policies and changes explained
It is more important than ever for businesses to review their compliance culture as one of the biggest changes to whistleblowing laws are set to begin...
31 May 2019
The smarts of using social media
The debate following the Israel Folau debacle has generated a lot of thoughtless advice on the use of social media and what a person can post on their...
23 May 2019
Ocean liner or speedboat? I know which one I would rather turn
You don’t need me to tell you that law firms need to adapt the way they deliver their services and do so quickly – so let’s take that as a given...
20 May 2019
‘I’d rather lick the floor of a bus than talk to a law student’
The unattainable and exclusive brilliance of the legal profession is a constellation made up of very real humans with very real problems, writes Flynn...
14 May 2019
Continued data breaches enhancing risk to corporate Australia
Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – making corporate Australia’s approac...
14 May 2019
Why workplace wellness is the real trickle-down economics
Failure to adequately cater for staff health and wellbeing is not only morally bankrupt – it’s also professionally and financially negligent. It i...
6 May 2019
Family law reform needs to move forward
Debates about reform to Australia’s family law system ebb and flow but are never far from public prominence for long, writes Nicole Rich. ...
3 May 2019
What does flexible working mean?
Workplace flexibility has, for so long, been characterised as a women’s issue or, more specifically, a women-with-children’s issue, writes Isla M...
1 May 2019
How to get the most out of your leave
First it was termed a ‘break’, then a ‘sabbatical’, and now it’s called ‘life leave’. Whatever next?! I hear you exclaim, writes Matthew...
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APPOINTMENTS
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Jul 25 2018
WA’s Law Access appoints new company director and chairman
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Queensland crown prosecutor appointed to District Court
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opinion
Jun 19 2019
Flexible work is the foundation for healthy, inclusive law firms
Will change in the legal profession be embraced as an opportunity to create workplaces where our peo...
Peter Wilkinson
May 31 2019
The smarts of using social media
The debate following the Israel Folau debacle has generated a lot of thoughtless advice on the use o...
May 20 2019
‘I’d rather lick the floor of a bus than talk to a law student’
The unattainable and exclusive brilliance of the legal profession is a constellation made up of very...