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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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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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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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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Herbert Smith Freehills advises global firm on major medical sale

Herbert Smith Freehills advises global firm on major medical sale

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised global private equity firm EQT on the sale of diagnostic imaging business I-MED Radiology Network to fellow private equity firm Permira. I-MED is the leading diagnostic imaging provider in Australia, performing almost five million procedures across 204 clinics every year. EQT, together with its co-inve...

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McGrath appoints Sydney lawyer Andrew Robinson to new board

McGrath appoints Sydney lawyer Andrew Robinson to new board

John McGrath has revealed Sydney lawyer Andrew Robinson wil be one of the two two new directors who will join the board of his struggling listed real estate business McGrath (ASX: MEA) tasked with the job of turning the company around. The other appointee is Peter Lewis, Kerry Stokes's former chief financial officer, who will be the new ...

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Slater & Gordon announces operations overhaul as CEO steps down

Slater & Gordon announces operations overhaul as CEO steps down

The CEO of Slater & Gordon (ASX: SGH), Hayden Stephens, has stepped down as the embattled law firm reveals a major overhaul of its operations. Effective immediately, John Somerville has been named as the new CEO, although Stephens will remain on the board as a non-executive director during the transition period. The departure of S...

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IPH Limited to merge three IP firms into one cohesive brand

IPH Limited to merge three IP firms into one cohesive brand

IPH Limited (ASX: IPH), the listed parent company of some of Australia's leading intellectual property firms, is making some changes to its subsidiaries to create a single cohesive brand. The firm has announced that three of its group businesses - Australian IP firms Fisher Adams Kelly Callinans, Cullens, and Asia-Pacific IP firm Spru...

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Court dismisses former gambling addict's claims against Aristocrat and Crown

Court dismisses former gambling addict's claims against Aristocrat and Crown

The Federal Court today decided on the case of Shonica Guy, a former gambling addict, who brought a claim of misleading and deceptive conduct against Crown Melbourne and Aristocrat Technologies Australia regarding Aristocrat's 'Dolphin Treasure' pokie machines. Justice Debbie Mortimer dismissed Guy's claims of unconscionab...

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CommBank taken to court accused of swap rate rigging

CommBank taken to court accused of swap rate rigging

Commonwealth Bank (ASX: CBA) has been taken to Federal Court by the corporate regulator over allegations it engaged in "unconscionable conduct and market manipulation" in relation to setting a key benchmark for setting the price of loans.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) commenced proceedings in the Federa...

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Jones Day announces foray into Melbourne

Jones Day announces foray into Melbourne

Law firm Jones Day has announced that it will open a new office in Melbourne next month, taking its global tally of offices to 43. This marks the firm's fourth office Australia-wide after it first expanded to Sydney in 1998 and then again in 2014 and 2016 with its Perth and Brisbane offices respectively. Managing partner of Jones ...

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Australian law firms healthy despite persistent competition and disruption

Australian law firms healthy despite persistent competition and disruption

A new study into Australian law firms has revealed the Australian legal sector is healthy despite persistent problems. The seventh annual ALPMA Crowe Horwath Financial Performance Benchmarking Study indicated law firm profitability remains strong despite increasing disruption and a more competitive market. Profit margins remain strong...

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