Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst advise on $205m Ecogen sale

Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst advise on $205m Ecogen sale

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised IFM Investors on the $205 million sale of its Ecogen business, with Ashurst acting for buyers EnergyAustralia. Ecogen owns and operates the 510MW Newport power station and 440MW Jeeralang power station, both located in Victoria and making up approximately 9 per cent of Victoria's total generation ca...

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High profile Brisbane businesswoman Jenny Hutson to face multiple ASIC charges

High profile Brisbane businesswoman Jenny Hutson to face multiple ASIC charges

When she was the chair of childcare giant G8 Education, Jenny Hutson stood at the centre of the company's botched takeover bid of Affinity Education. Now, almost three years following the failed acquisition, Hutson is set to face the music in court against charges of dishonesty and misconduct during her tenure. Following an invest...

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The Australian law firm building new data analytics and hybrid cloud capabilities

The Australian law firm building new data analytics and hybrid cloud capabilities

Leading Western Australian law firm Jackson McDonald has invested in data analytics and is now moving towards hybrid cloud tech through the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS. The new software introduces data analytics services including an HR information system which compiles and analyses data from a range of sources to create a more effective ...

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Purcell Chadwick & Skelly founder joins Bennett & Philp

Purcell Chadwick & Skelly founder joins Bennett & Philp

Bill Purcell has been appointed as a director at Bennett & Philp Lawyers, bringing his entire team and the long standing name of Purcell Chadwick & Skelly to the table. Purcell is an accredited property law specialist who will add his expertise to Bennett & Philp's real estate section. He and his team will expand Benne...

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Insolvency partner seizes opportunity at Piper Alderman

Insolvency partner seizes opportunity at Piper Alderman

Joanne Hardwick (pictured) has joined Piper Alderman's insolvency and reconstruction team, a move which she says is an exciting opportunity for herself and the future of the firm. Hardwick has worked alongside industry leaders and has both Australian and international experience in commercial litigation, insolvency and reconstruction ...

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Peter Gordon not out to "replace Slater & Gordon" with launch of new firm

Peter Gordon not out to "replace Slater & Gordon" with launch of new firm

He was one of Andrew Grech's most trusted advisors, infamous for being the only person who could say "no" to Grech, until he left the firm in 2009. Now Peter Gordon has launched a full-service law firm called Gordon Legal, on a mission to fight for the everyday Australian, not the big end of town. The launch of Gordon Le...

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Billabong takeover given green light by shareholders

Billabong takeover given green light by shareholders

The takeover of famous surf brand Billabong (ASX: BBG) has been given the go-ahead by shareholders on Wednesday with slight adjustments to the initial agreement. At the meeting of shareholders, the takeover of Billabong by Quicksilver parent Boardriders, Inc. (Boardriders) was approved by the majority of shareholders in a deal worth $208 ...

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Storm Financial directors fined for breach of duties

Storm Financial directors fined for breach of duties

The directors of Storm Financial, Emmanuel and Julie Cassimatis, have been fined $70,000 each by the Federal Court for breaching director's duties. The two, who were previously found by the Court to have breached their duties as directors, were also disqualified from managing corporations for seven years. The fines conclude ASIC...

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DibbsBarker to shut up shop following partner exodus to Dentons

DibbsBarker to shut up shop following partner exodus to Dentons

Longstanding mid-tier law firm, DibbsBarker, will not be operating beyond 30 April 2018 after 17 of its partners announced they were joining Dentons. The global heavyweight this morning announced it was acquiring 17 of DibbsBarkers' partners and other staff effective 1 May. Following the announcement, DibbsBarker revealed the loss of ...

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MinterEllison advises Auckland International Airport on landmark sale

MinterEllison advises Auckland International Airport on landmark sale

MinterEllison has advised Auckland International Airport (AIA) on the $370 million sale of its 24.5 per cent stake in Cairns and Mackay Airports. A major part of the deal included AIA's joint venture and banking arrangejments, which MinterEllison said were the key obstacles to navigate. The process took 12 months to complete with ...

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Nexus appoints specialist trust and estate team

Nexus appoints specialist trust and estate team

Nexus Law Group has appointed respected lawyer Michael Perkins as head of private client services. He brings with him special counsel, Clarence Leung, and senior solicitor, Jana Sosner, in relocating from Perkins Fahey Rosenblum Lawyers. His new role at Nexus will see him lead a team of experts in all aspects of estate planning, famil...

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The Centre for Legal Innovation appoints distinguished fellow

The Centre for Legal Innovation appoints distinguished fellow

Sherika Ponniah has joined The Centre of Legal Innovation (CLI) as the second member of its Distinguished Fellowship Program. Ponniah is currently the deputy head of legal content at Wolters Kluwer CCH Asia-Pacific, providing information software and services to the legal profession. She is also a resident entrepreneur at the Macquari...

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Industry backs Senate's plea for increased court funding

Industry backs Senate's plea for increased court funding

In a move applauded by legal industry bodies, the Senate this week passed a motion calling for increased funding for both the Federal Circuit and Family Courts. The Senate declared on Tuesday that both courts are seriously underfunded and underresourced, and the Law Council of Australia says if funding issues aren't resolved it's ...

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Inside the hunt for 'Australia's next top lawyer'

Inside the hunt for 'Australia's next top lawyer'

National compensation company Australian Accident Helpline has launched a new campaign to find Australia's Next Top Lawyer and is sweetening the deal for undergraduate law students with a $5,000 cash prize. The competition aims to provide law students an opportunity to set themselves apart from future colleagues and make them more com...

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Legal educator wins esteemed award

Legal educator wins esteemed award

College of Law Queensland's executive director Ann-Maree David has been named recipient of the esteemed Agnes McWhinney Award, presented by the Queensland Law Society. The Agnes McWhinney Award recognises female practitioners for their professional contributions throughout their career and is named after Queensland's first female ...

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Allens Hub to research what new tech and AI could mean for the future of law

Allens Hub to research what new tech and AI could mean for the future of law

In a move to tackle legal issues of the future, Allens has launched its Hub for Law, Technology and Innovation in partnership with the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The new division, spearheaded by a team of UNSW academics and Allens lawyers, will research legal problems surrounding data, artificial intelligence, privacy, online s...

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Slater and Gordon investigates class against major banks

Slater and Gordon investigates class against major banks

Law firm Slater and Gordon is investigating potential class actions against Australian banks on behalf of consumers who have been sold millions of dollars in "worthless" or "junk" credit card insurance. "We have found substantial evidence which suggests that a large number of people have paid tens of millions of d...

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Curwoods and McCabes to merge into a new entity called McCabe Curwood

Curwoods and McCabes to merge into a new entity called McCabe Curwood

McCabes Lawyers and Curwoods Lawyers have signed an agreement to merge by 1 July 2018. The new entity will be known as McCabe Curwood and will bring together McCabe's corporate and commercial offering with Curwood's insurance practice to create a new platform. Andrew Lacey, McCabes' current managing principal will be the m...

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Three new judges appointed to Queensland Courts

Three new judges appointed to Queensland Courts

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Yvette D'Ath, announced the appointment of three new judges for Queensland. Barrister Soraya Ryan QC will become a Supreme Court Justice in Brisbane, starting work tomorrow. Barrister Michael Williamson QC has been appointed as a District Court Judge in Brisbane and Federal Court Judg...

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Bundjalung women receives prestigious Indigenous law scholarship

Bundjalung women receives prestigious Indigenous law scholarship

Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts has been awarded the prestigious Law Council of Australia's 2018 John Koowarta Scholarship.

The national scholarship is dedicated to supporting the ambitions of Indigenous law students.

Motivated by her challenging childhood, Turnbull-Roberts aims to pursue a career in child protection, juvenile justice ...

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Carter Newell promotes five

Carter Newell promotes five

Carter Newell has promoted five of its staff; Laura Horvat, Elisha Goosem and Milton Latta to Special Counsel and Jillian Commins to Senior Associate and Liana Isaac to Associate.

Senior partner Paul Hopkins says the elevations of its current staff reinforce the firm's supportive culture.

"These are wonderful days for Carte...

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Judy Choate appointed to the board of The College of Law

Judy Choate appointed to the board of The College of Law

The College of Law has announced leading corporate and commercial lawyer Judy Choate has been appointed to its Board of Governors.

Choate has 27 years of experience in private practice and is recognised as a specialist in Australian tax and revenue law.

She was a senior partner in the corporate division of Piper Alderman Lawyers and...

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Shine Corporate doubles profit on digital strategy

Shine Corporate doubles profit on digital strategy

Listed legal services company Shine Corporate (ASX: SHJ) has doubled its first half net profit to $7.83 million as it pointed to its "improved digital strategy" for the results.

The company also increased revenue by nearly 20 per cent to $88.23 million for the six months to December 31, 2017, compared to the prior corresponding peri...

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WIN $10,000 Cash for best Launch Strategy with Travis Schultz Law

WIN $10,000 Cash for best Launch Strategy with Travis Schultz Law

Travis Schultz Law is offering $10,000 and a 4-week intensive internship at award-winning ad agency YomConnect to the person who can develop the best strategy for the firm's launch in April. ENTER HERE The firm is looking to hit the ground running with this launch strategy.  When asked what they're looking for in the ...

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Slater & Gordon shares soar following results announcement

Slater & Gordon shares soar following results announcement

Shares in Slater & Gordon (ASX: SGH) have surged 27 per cent in early trade as it released details of operational changes under a new structure with its UK operations to be divested and handed over to US private equity owners. The listed legal services company, which has endured a year of chaos and a falling share price, rebounded fro...

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Former Queensland Deputy Premier joins Holding Redlich

Former Queensland Deputy Premier joins Holding Redlich

Former Queensland attorney-general and deputy premier, Paul Lucas, will join national law firm Holding Redlich as a consultant based in its Brisbane office.

Originally a lawyer, Lucas held the position of Queensland Deputy Premier for four years and was in the Queensland State Government for 11.

His role at Holden Redlich will be to...

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Piper Alderman celebrates 20 years in Sydney

Piper Alderman celebrates 20 years in Sydney

National law firm Piper Alderman has celebrated 175 years as a continuous partnership and 20 years of legal practice in Sydney.

Piper Alderman was established in South Australia during the 1840's and has since become a nationally recognised law firm.

Its national expansion started in Sydney 20 years ago and today the firm has ou...

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Mind mapping your legal research & keeping up with legal change

Mind mapping your legal research & keeping up with legal change

Lisa Sylvester, consultant to the legal sector and Adjunct Lecturer, is an expert in mind mapping and why it's useful for legal research, and she believes all lawyers can build it into their daily practice to improve results.

For Lisa, the ability to easily and actively visualise all the relevant issues and facts in a legal matter attract...

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GetSwift served notice of class action from shareholders

GetSwift served notice of class action from shareholders

Logistics software company GetSwift (ASX: GSW) is facing a class action from shareholders over allegations it has engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and two other legal firms are also considering launching a class action.

Law firm Squire Patton Boggs has applied to commence the action in the Federal Court, while litigation funde...

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Queensland patients victims of unfair medical negligence legal process, says Mark O'Connor

Queensland patients victims of unfair medical negligence legal process, says Mark O'Connor

A prominent Brisbane injury compensation law specialist says the legal system in Queensland is unfairly geared against negligence claims against doctors and hospitals.

Mark O'Connor says victims must negotiate a tortuous and expensive claims process greatly hampered by the fact that Queensland specialists are unwilling to give eviden...

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