SLATER AND GORDON TO SETTLE CLASS ACTION FOR $36M

SLATER AND GORDON TO SETTLE CLASS ACTION FOR $36M

Slater and Gordon (ASX: SGH) has agreed to settle one of the class actions brought against it by angry shareholders which is expected to cost the firm $36.5 million.

The law firm says the Federal Court will mediate a settlement with thousands of shareholders led by investor Matthew Hall.

Slater and Gordon released a statement on Tue...

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SLATER AND GORDON SHARES IN TRADING HALT AHEAD OF CRITICAL UPDATES

SLATER AND GORDON SHARES IN TRADING HALT AHEAD OF CRITICAL UPDATES

EMBATTLED law firm Slater and Gordon (ASX: SGH) has placed its shares in a trading halt ahead of an update on its legal dramas and a restructure proposal.

The company's shareholders are chasing compensation for the massive drop in the firm's value following its disastrous $1.3 billion acquisition of British professional services firm ...

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AGED CARE OPERATOR AVEO MAY FACE CLASS ACTION FROM RESIDENTS

AGED CARE OPERATOR AVEO MAY FACE CLASS ACTION FROM RESIDENTS

MADDENS Lawyers is considering a class action against retirement village operator Aveo after a Four Corners-Fairfax investigation revealed its complicated contracts and exorbitant fees.

The law firm issued a statement late on Thursday calling on residents at Aveo facilities to get in touch with them if they feel they have been financially dis...

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HOPGOODGANIM INVESTS IN EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE

HOPGOODGANIM INVESTS IN EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE

BRISBANE law firm HopgoodGanim has engaged Australia's largest governance advisory practice, Effective Governance, to complement the firm's traditional practice by providing clients with more than just legal advice.

HopgoodGanim clients will have access to an integrated suite of corporate governance solutions, from board and governanc...

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IMF BRACES FOR BIG LOSS FOLLOWING WITHDRAWAL FROM SPOTLESS CLASS ACTION

IMF BRACES FOR BIG LOSS FOLLOWING WITHDRAWAL FROM SPOTLESS CLASS ACTION

LITIGATION fund IMF Bentham (ASX: IMF) is set to lose as much as half a million dollars after it ceases funding one of the major shareholder class actions it has been backing since February.

Pending the court's approval, IMF announced it will withdraw its funding of William Roberts Lawyers' class action against Spotless Group (ASX: SP...

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WAGERING GIANTS TABCORP AND TATTS GIVEN GREEN LIGHT FOR $11B MERGER

WAGERING GIANTS TABCORP AND TATTS GIVEN GREEN LIGHT FOR $11B MERGER

THE Competition Tribunal has approved Tabcorp's (ASX: TAH) $11bn takeover bid for Tatts (ASX: TTS) on the condition that it must divest its Odyssey gaming business in Queensland.

The announcement was made this morning after weeks of hearings and was delivered by Federal Court judge John Middleton.

Tabcorp applied to the tribunal for ap...

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CLASS ACTION TO BE LAUNCHED AGAINST MCMILLAN SHAKESPEARE OVER 'WORTHLESS' VEHICLE WARRANTIES

CLASS ACTION TO BE LAUNCHED AGAINST MCMILLAN SHAKESPEARE OVER 'WORTHLESS' VEHICLE WARRANTIES

AN $80 million class action will be launched against McMillan Shakespeare Group (ASX: MMS) over claims it issued "worthless" warranties to tens of thousands of customers who bought used cars and trucks from the company.

Global litigation funder Vannin Capital has engaged leading law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan to file t...

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CLASS ACTION FILED AGAINST SURFSTITCH AFTER ANOTHER EARNINGS WIPEOUT

CLASS ACTION FILED AGAINST SURFSTITCH AFTER ANOTHER EARNINGS WIPEOUT

AS ONLINE retailer SurfStitch (ASX: SRF) battles for survival following another negative earnings forecast, a $100 million class action has been filed in the Supreme Court of Queensland on behalf of aggrieved shareholders.

On Monday, the Gold Coast-based company announced its losses will double to as much as $11.5 million this year, sending i...

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COMMUNITY LAWYERS ON FUNDING CRISIS: BUDGET WAS A DECENT START, BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE

COMMUNITY LAWYERS ON FUNDING CRISIS: BUDGET WAS A DECENT START, BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE

While the Federal Budget may have reversed its initial plans to cut funding from community legal services nationwide, peak groups are saying more needs to be done to end the current justice funding crisis.

Organisations including the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) and the National Family Violence Prevention Legal...

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BRISBANE LAWYERS TAKE PATENTED ANIMAL PAINKILLER TO THE WORLD

BRISBANE LAWYERS TAKE PATENTED ANIMAL PAINKILLER TO THE WORLD

BRISBANE law firm Bennet & Philip Lawyers has contracted a multi-million-dollar deal to help take a unique Aussie painkiller for animals to the global market.

Bennet & Philip's Michael Bigg and Lance Pollard contracted a deal between Australian company Animal Ethics and UK-based Dechra Pharmaceuticals to launch Animal Ethics&...

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QUEENSLAND FIRMS ANNOUNCE MERGER

QUEENSLAND FIRMS ANNOUNCE MERGER

SAJEN Legal and Ferguson Cannon Lawyers have announced that their firms have officially joined forces in Queensland.

The firms, which both have offices in Brisbane, officially merged on May 2 under the combined brand of Sajen Legal which has retained all existing directors from both firms.

Comprising the new board is Kyle Kimball, Glenn Fe...

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LEGAL PROCUREMENT DISRUPTOR SECURES $500,000 FUNDING BOOST

LEGAL PROCUREMENT DISRUPTOR SECURES $500,000 FUNDING BOOST

IT'S ONLY been two years since Warwick Walsh left a career in private practice to establish Lawcadia, a tech-based legal procurement company that has already drawn serious attention from the industry, not to mention serious funding.

The entrepreneur noticed a gap in the market around the way that companies procure and manage legal service...

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FAMILY LAWYER DISPELS THE LEGAL PROFESSION'S UNHAPPINESS COMPLEX

FAMILY LAWYER DISPELS THE LEGAL PROFESSION'S UNHAPPINESS COMPLEX

WHEN it comes to finding happiness in the legal profession, Brisbane Family Law Centre director Clarissa Rayward is among the top authorities. Often required to deal with unpleasant situations and hard life scenarios as a family lawyer, Rayward has spent years unlocking the secrets to staying happy amid the daily turmoil that comes with t...

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MCCARTHY DURIE ACQUIRES BOUTIQUE ARANA HILLS FIRM

MCCARTHY DURIE ACQUIRES BOUTIQUE ARANA HILLS FIRM

IN A move to boost its commercial and corporate business transactions team, McCarthy Durie has acquired boutique firm Eaton Lawyers based in Arana Hills. The acquisition marks almost exactly a year since McCarthy Durie took over Toogoods Lawyers and merged its entire workforce into the firm's corporate fold. Through these two deal...

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EXCLUSIVE Q&A: CORPORATE LAW EXPAT PARTNER RETURNS TO BRISBANE

EXCLUSIVE Q&A: CORPORATE LAW EXPAT PARTNER RETURNS TO BRISBANE

FOR nine years, corporate specialist Andrew Clark (pictured) called London home while he worked as a partner at Reed Smith LLP, one of the world's largest law firms. Resolving complex multinational matters became a speciality for Clark. In the morning, he would negotiate joint ventures with Kazakhstan, at lunch he would do business de...

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CARTER NEWELL CELEBRATES INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

CARTER NEWELL CELEBRATES INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

THE team at Carter Newell are celebrating the achievements of 11 of the firm's staff who have been named in the Best Lawyers in Australia listing for 2017. The lawyers are recognised for excellence in their specific practice in areas ranging from corporate law to natural resource law. Senior Partner Paul Hopkins is among the names...

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KENNEDY SHINES AS BARRY NILSSON SCOOPS ACCOLADES

KENNEDY SHINES AS BARRY NILSSON SCOOPS ACCOLADES

BRISBANE based law firm, Barry Nilsson has gained recognition as 18 of its lawyers have been recognised in the 2017 Best Lawyers in Australia listing, a peer reviewed system recognising excellence in the legal profession. Insurance and health, property, family law and commercial law were all categories in which lawyers from Barry Nilsson&...

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NEW LOANS GIVE SLATER AND GORDON A RAY OF HOPE

NEW LOANS GIVE SLATER AND GORDON A RAY OF HOPE

EMBATTLED law firm Slater and Gordon (ASX: SGH) has secured approval for two loans totalling $72 million as it continues to try and avoid collapse.

The debt-strapped listed company has entered into an agreement with debt buyers as its new senior lenders with a capitalisation of $32 million on interest payments which are due on June 28, 2...

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HELIX DUO LAUNCHES LAW FIRM WITH A NEW KIND OF DNA

HELIX DUO LAUNCHES LAW FIRM WITH A NEW KIND OF DNA

SARAH Roach and Janelle Kerrisk (pictured) are the 'new law kids' on the block, carving a niche in Brisbane's legal offering through their bold and tech-savvy firm concept. The pair left jobs in the private sector to establish Helix Legal, a firm focused on bringing a touch of innovation to the property, construction and energ...

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SOFRONOFF'S APPOINTMENT TO COURT OF APPEAL RECEIVES WIDESPREAD PRAISE

SOFRONOFF'S APPOINTMENT TO COURT OF APPEAL RECEIVES WIDESPREAD PRAISE

FORMER Queensland Solicitor-General Walter Sofronoff QC (pictured) has been named the new president of the Court of Appeal, following the resignation of former president Justice Margaret McMurdo on Friday last week. Legal bodies and officials throughout Queensland have congratulated Sofronoff on his appointment, including Attorney General...

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PRO BONO ON THE RISE AMID FEARS OF LEGAL FUNDING CUTS

PRO BONO ON THE RISE AMID FEARS OF LEGAL FUNDING CUTS

A NEW survey has revealed that the average Australian lawyer committed almost a full working week to pro bono tasks in 2016, up a further 9.7 per cent from 2014. The Report on the Fifth National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey revealed that firms which employ between 201 and 449 full-time equivalent (FTE) lawyers led the way regarding percentage...

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LAW FIRMS CHOOSE: STAGNATE AND SINK, OR COLLABORATE AND SWIM

LAW FIRMS CHOOSE: STAGNATE AND SINK, OR COLLABORATE AND SWIM

THE future of Australian law is couched in collaboration and the online realm, according to a recent address by Craig Laundy MP. The Victorian Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science told attendees at the GlobalX 'A Shifting Legal Landscape' event that online platforms would soon revolutionise the way law firms go ...

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MEET THE CENTRE FOR LEGAL INNOVATION'S INAUGURAL ADVISORY BOARD

MEET THE CENTRE FOR LEGAL INNOVATION'S INAUGURAL ADVISORY BOARD

THE College of Law has announced its first Advisory Board for the new Centre for Legal Innovation (CLI). The 12-member Board includes innovators and "legalpreneurs" from a variety of different backgrounds, countries, and legal experiences. The College of Law established the CLI in 2016 to innovate and support the legal profe...

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SLATER AND GORDON'S FALL FROM GRACE CONTINUES

SLATER AND GORDON'S FALL FROM GRACE CONTINUES

SLATER and Gordon's losses continue to mount following its disastrous entry in to the UK market. The company today announced a $425.1 million loss for the six months to 31 December 2016, which follows a $958.3 million loss in the previous corresponding period. On the ASX today, Slater and Gordon is trading down 20.62 per cent at $...

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LAWYER BOTS, PEOPLE, AND THE FUTURE OF LAW

LAWYER BOTS, PEOPLE, AND THE FUTURE OF LAW

"YOU might have seen lawyer bots now", says Terri Mottershead as she discusses how technology has disrupted the law profession in recent years with Brisbane Legal.

Having not heard of lawyer bots until that moment, Brisbane Legal later finds out that a teenager in London created DoNotPay in September 2015, which has so far helped su...

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STUDY REVEALS FRUITFUL SECTORS FOR LAWYERS ON THE JOB HUNT

STUDY REVEALS FRUITFUL SECTORS FOR LAWYERS ON THE JOB HUNT

THE property and construction sector is emerging as a hiring hotspot for lawyers, according to the latest Hays Quarterly Report. Hays researchers expect that until March 2017, property and construction lawyers will be in the highest demand, alongside property paralegals and other banking and finance professionals. This is due to the h...

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RELAUNCH OF SENTENCING ADVISORY COUNCIL A WIN FOR QLD JUSTICE

RELAUNCH OF SENTENCING ADVISORY COUNCIL A WIN FOR QLD JUSTICE

THE Queensland Law Society (QLS) has celebrated the relaunch of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council (SAC), saying its return is vital to the delivery of justice throughout the state. The SAC was legislated back into existence in May 2016, after the Campbell government's 2012 decision to dismantle the council was overturned. ...

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LEGAL TECH TO TAP INTO NATIONWIDE SCHOOLING MARKET

LEGAL TECH TO TAP INTO NATIONWIDE SCHOOLING MARKET

NATIONAL firm Mills Oakley has partnered with eLearning specialist Velpic to roll out a new legal training platform throughout primary and secondary schools nationwide. Through Velpic's learning management system, the two companies will develop a training and management scheme which will help schools identify risks associated with tas...

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NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR PROVING SUCCESS IS IN THE FAMILY

NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR PROVING SUCCESS IS IN THE FAMILY

DA Family Lawyers has announced the appointment of a new managing director who is expected to lead the firm to a new era of growth and prosperity. Experienced practitioner Lisa Foley (pictured left) has stepped into the role of managing director while DA Family Lawyers' founder Deborah Awyzio (pictured below-right) remains a director ...

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GADENS CELEBRATES INDIGENOUS INTERNSHIP MILESTONE

GADENS CELEBRATES INDIGENOUS INTERNSHIP MILESTONE

GADENS Queensland has celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Indigenous Intern Program with a keynote speech by Justice Anthe Philippides at a function to celebrate the landmark occasion. Launched in 2007 under patronage from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations, the initiative has to date supported the careers ...

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