Q&A SPECIAL: FROM JUNIOR PATENT ATTORNEY TO PARTNER IN FIVE YEARS

Q&A SPECIAL: FROM JUNIOR PATENT ATTORNEY TO PARTNER IN FIVE YEARS

SOME legal professionals might find it farfetched that a junior lawyer could make partner in under five years, considering many spend decades trying to kick the same goal. In the case of Cullens Partner Brad Postma, he not only achieved the impossible, but he's now written a book designed to help others do the same. Through his bo...

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MERGER CREATES A NEW COMMERCIAL FORCE

MERGER CREATES A NEW COMMERCIAL FORCE

IN A move to bolster its commercial and property division, Rostron Carlyle has finalised its latest merger with boutique firm AG Edwards. Both firms officially joined forces in late November, following some months of discussion and planning. According to Rostron Carlyle commercial and property partner Gavin McInnes (pictured), AG Edwa...

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KIEFEL NAMED THE NATION'S FIRST FEMALE CHIEF JUSTICE

KIEFEL NAMED THE NATION'S FIRST FEMALE CHIEF JUSTICE

JUSTICE Susan Kiefel (pictured) has made history in the High Court today, becoming the first ever woman to assume the role of Chief Justice in the institution's 113 years. Born and raised in Queensland, Justice Kiefel left school at age 15 to pursue a career as a secretary. Justice Kiefel joined Cannan and Peterson (now Sly and We...

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MCCULLOUGH ROBERTSON APPOINTS NEW CEO

MCCULLOUGH ROBERTSON APPOINTS NEW CEO

MCCULLOUGH Robertson Lawyers has appointed former partner Brad McCosker (pictured) to the newly-created role of Chief Executive Officer. McCosker joined McCullough Robertson as partner in 1994 and throughout his 20-year tenure held various leadership positions, including on the Executive Committee, and advised clients in construction, eng...

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Q & A: HOW PARTNERS SHOULD PULL OFF THEIR NEXT CAREER MOVE

Q & A: HOW PARTNERS SHOULD PULL OFF THEIR NEXT CAREER MOVE

FOR a legal partner, pulling off a big move to another firm is full of risks and rewards. More pay, better work conditions, increased prestige and career progression all these things can come into play. But the risks are that clients may not follow the partner to the new firm. And will the team come along? Or will the managing partner...

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BIG BACKING FOR EQUITABLE BRIEFING

BIG BACKING FOR EQUITABLE BRIEFING

A NEW policy aimed at giving equitable briefing a much-needed leg-up has received widespread backing from some of the country's top-tier law firms, as well as big corporates Telstra, Woolworths and Westpac. The National Equitable Briefing Policy, launched this year by the Law Council of Australia, aims to boost the number of briefs to...

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ASHURST HELPING ORANGE SKY LAUNDRY FLY

ASHURST HELPING ORANGE SKY LAUNDRY FLY

MORE than 50 Brisbane Ashurst staff donned Orange Sky Laundry shirts recently to celebrate the long-standing partnership between the firm and upstart not-for-profit that is cleaning up around the nation. Orange Sky Laundry helps the homeless by providing free mobile laundry services. But it is more than just a laundry service, it is a com...

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NEW PODCAST SUPPORTS THE RISE OF HAPPY LAWYERS

NEW PODCAST SUPPORTS THE RISE OF HAPPY LAWYERS

BRISBANE family lawyer Clarissa Rayward (pictured) is inspiring the legal fraternity to speak up about mental illness through her weekly podcast, "Happy Lawyer Happy Life". Founder of The Brisbane Family Law Centre, Rayward is on a mission to normalise the issues faced by those in the legal profession and find the secret to happ...

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QLS WELCOMES INDIGENOUS INCARCERATION INQUIRY

QLS WELCOMES INDIGENOUS INCARCERATION INQUIRY

QUEENSLAND Law Society president, Bill Potts has welcomed the federal government's decision to order an inquiry into Indigenous detention, which he describes as a "national shame".  The announcement last week comes 25 years after the final report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was released. ...

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ADVOC BRISBANE DEBUT A SUCCESS

ADVOC BRISBANE DEBUT A SUCCESS

The 2016 Advoc Asia Conference, hosted in Brisbane for the first time by Cooper Grace Ward (CGW), has been deemed a huge success, with the firm welcoming 45 delegates from around the globe earlier this month. Advoc is a leading international network of independent law firms which now has nearly 100 members from 70 countries worldwide. The...

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DPP LAWYER STEALS THE SHOW AT GOLDEN GAVEL

DPP LAWYER STEALS THE SHOW AT GOLDEN GAVEL

AUSTRALIA'S funniest young lawyers have once again gone head to head at the annual Golden Gavel competition for 2016, with Brisbane Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) lawyer Thomas Lynch (pictured left) representing Queensland on the national stage. Lynch got the last laugh in the Queensland competition with the topic 'A claim ...

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SLATER AND GORDON WILL VIGOROUSLY DEFEND $250 MILLION CLASS ACTION

SLATER AND GORDON WILL VIGOROUSLY DEFEND $250 MILLION CLASS ACTION

AFTER so often announcing its own class actions, Slater and Gordon (ASX: SGH) is now the subject of one of the biggest actions in Australia's corporate history, launched by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers on behalf of around 3,000 shareholders. The claim will allege that Slater and Gordon failed to disclose vital information relating to the...

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FIRM CALLING 'DIBBS' ON MELBOURNE

FIRM CALLING 'DIBBS' ON MELBOURNE

DIBBSBARKER is gearing up for expansion, following its announcement to unveil a new office in Melbourne by the end of the year. The office, located on Collins Street, will be headed by Property & Projects senior partner Bill Burrough and supported by a small local team and fly-in resources. Burrough will permanently relocate from ...

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FOUNDING PARTNER'S LEGACY INSPIRES CHARITABLE TIES

FOUNDING PARTNER'S LEGACY INSPIRES CHARITABLE TIES

THYNNE + Macartney is giving medical research a leg-up, announcing a partnership worth $25,000 with the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF). Bill Loughnan, Chairman of Partners at Thynne + Macartney, says the collaboration provides an opportunity for the firm to continue its tradition of giving back to the community.  He...

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IN-HOUSE DEMAND AND WORK VARIETY TRANSFORMING LEGAL ROLES

IN-HOUSE DEMAND AND WORK VARIETY TRANSFORMING LEGAL ROLES

IN ITS latest Legal Quarterly Report, Hays Specialist Recruitment reveals that lawyers are increasingly seeking more diverse work opportunity, and they're seeking it outside of the traditional practice. The report has shown in-house legal work to be a role of choice, with key considerations being better work-life balance and variety o...

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HEILBRONN'S PUSH FOR CHANGE REWARDED

HEILBRONN'S PUSH FOR CHANGE REWARDED

FOR HER work championing innovation and change for women in the legal profession, Minter Ellison's Cassandra Heilbronn (pictured) has been named the 2016 Emerging Female Leader at the Women's Agenda Leadership Awards. In addition to her Senior Associate role, Heilbronn is also the President of the Women Lawyers Association of Quee...

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BRISBANE LAWYERS' GO-TO FINANCIAL ADVISER WINS NATIONAL IFA AWARD

BRISBANE LAWYERS' GO-TO FINANCIAL ADVISER WINS NATIONAL IFA AWARD

LONG-TIME supporter of the Queensland Young Lawyers and regular contributor to Brisbane Legal, VISIS Private Wealth Partner John O'Brien, has just returned from Sydney accepting his award as the IFA's 2016 top multi-service practitioner, in front of 400 of the nation's top independent financial advisers. The 2016 IFA Multi-Ser...

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MINTER ELLISON WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

MINTER ELLISON WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

MINTER Ellison has received acclaim for its advanced matter management solution ME Taskflow, at an international convention hosted in the United States. The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) named ME Taskflow the Innovative Product of the Year (Client-Facing) at its annual awards ceremony, as a part of the ILTACON 2016 con...

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FOUNDING DIRECTOR DEPARTS AFTER 21 YEARS

FOUNDING DIRECTOR DEPARTS AFTER 21 YEARS

ONCE lawyers reach the pinnacle of their careers, many begin to ask 'what's the next step?' For Byron Cannon, founding director of Brisbane firm Ferguson Cannon Lawyers, the next step means a leap of faith away from private practice and into the corporate world. Following 21 years spent alongside friend and fellow director...

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SPECULATION OVER WHITE & CASE RAIDS

SPECULATION OVER WHITE & CASE RAIDS

BRISBANE'S legal community is abuzz with news of the defection of ten staff from the Herbert Smith Freehills offices in Melbourne and Sydney, and whether there could be any similar defections in the River City. The defections were to US-based firm White & Case, which raided the HSF project and finance teams taking two lawyers from...

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COOPER GRACE WARD COUNTS DOWN TO ADVOC

COOPER GRACE WARD COUNTS DOWN TO ADVOC

AROUND 50 legal delegates from leading firms throughout the Asia-Pacific will flock to Brisbane next month, as Cooper Grace Ward (CGW) hosts the annual Advoc Asia Conference and AGM for 2016. This marks the first time the event will be held in Brisbane, with representatives from countries including China, India and Japan set to discuss tr...

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FIRMS GRAPPLE WITH NEW PRICING PRESSURES

FIRMS GRAPPLE WITH NEW PRICING PRESSURES

NEGOTIATING prices with clients is the clearly the biggest challenge facing law firms in Australia according to the latest CommBank Legal Market Pulse, and those firms reforming their billing practices have the highest level of optimism for the future. The report shows that negotiating prices with clients is cited as challenging by 73 per...

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QLS ON BADEN-CLAY VERDICT: 'THE SYSTEM WORKS'

QLS ON BADEN-CLAY VERDICT: 'THE SYSTEM WORKS'

IT'S BEEN one of the highest profile legal sagas in recent memory, culminating today with the High Court's ruling in the case of Gerard Baden-Clay. Legal organisations are calling for the public to respect The High Court's decision to overrule the Queensland Court of Appeal and reinstate Baden-Clay's initial conviction of ...

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SLATER & GORDON LOSS TO TOP $1B

SLATER & GORDON LOSS TO TOP $1B

EMBATTLED legal firm Slater and Gordon (ASX:SGH) is headed for a full-year loss of more than $1 billion after racking up more losses in the second half. However, managing director Andrew Grech (pictured) has highlighted improvements made in the second half performance as the company tries to rebuild its fortunes after its troubled acquisi...

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TOUGH HALF TAKES SHINE OFF LAW FIRM

TOUGH HALF TAKES SHINE OFF LAW FIRM

SHINE Corporate's (ASX:SHJ) full-year earnings have slumped 50 per cent after a tumultuous year for the ASX-listed Brisbane law firm. The $14.8 million net profit compares with $29.6 million in FY15 and comes despite a record year of billings by the group with customer receipts rising to $152.9 million from $134.6 million. However...

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GAMES GETS A FRESH BATCH OF 'MINTERNS'

GAMES GETS A FRESH BATCH OF 'MINTERNS'

MINTER Ellison has picked the cream of the crop among Griffith University's law students, to assist in working on one of the biggest projects of the decade.  These selected students will support the Minter Ellison legal team embedded within the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), taking on projects including ...

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MERGER CREATES A FAMILY LAW FORCE

MERGER CREATES A FAMILY LAW FORCE

TWO powerhouse firms have joined forces, announcing the merged Rice Naughton McCarthy (RNM) to Brisbane's family law community earlier this month. Anne-Marie Rice and James Naughton from Rice Naughton teamed up with Kieran McCarthy of Jones McCarthy, together creating the largest specialist family law firm in the city. The trio ha...

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MEET YOUR NEW WLAQ

MEET YOUR NEW WLAQ

THE Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) has elected a new leadership team for the year ahead, at its recent AGM hosted by Clayton Utz. Heading up the organisation as president for 2016/17 is Minter Ellison senior associate Cassandra Heilbronn (pictured left), a seasoned insurance and corporate risk practitioner. Heilbronn is...

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QUEENSLAND LEADS INNOVATION, "WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH"

QUEENSLAND LEADS INNOVATION, "WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH"

AUSTRALIA is in the midst of an innovation surge, with the federal government committed to spend $1.1 billion within the next four years to drive the national 'ideas boom.' Brad Postma of Cullens Patent & Trademark Attorneys believes that Queensland is leading this innovation charge, having dubbed the state 'by far and awa...

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IMAGINE THE BEST CHILDCARE, IN BRISBANE'S CBD

IMAGINE THE BEST CHILDCARE, IN BRISBANE'S CBD

EVERY parent knows it can be tricky to find the perfect childcare provider. These days, parents are looking for more than just an assurance that their children are safe and sound. When mum and dad are away at the daily grind, they want to know that their kids are enjoying themselves, learning, socialising and that they are being watch...

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