BRISBANE LAWYERS HOP ON THE BIKE FOR BRAVEHEARTS

BRISBANE LAWYERS HOP ON THE BIKE FOR BRAVEHEARTS

A leading Brisbane law firm will be joining the race to protect Australian kids in this year’s Bravehearts annual Time Trial cycling event. Four riders from Clayton Utz will go head to head with pro-cyclists from ORICA-greenEDGE and other corporates from Sealy and Sci Fleet Motors in the Tour de France style event. Clayton Utz s...

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INTERNATIONAL TECH SUCCESS FOR BOND LAW

INTERNATIONAL TECH SUCCESS FOR BOND LAW

Bond University is set to host one of the world’s most technologically advanced legal competitions following the success of a virtual mooting contest held earlier this year.
Cutting-edge technology allowed students from Bond to compete in a bilingual sports law court mooting scenario with students from the prestigious ‘Unve...

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BRAVEHEARTS CALLS ON DPP TO REVIEW VOLKER CASE

BRAVEHEARTS CALLS ON DPP TO REVIEW VOLKER CASE

BRAVEHEARTS has made a submission to have the Queensland Director of Public Prosecution review the dropped case against former Olympic swim coach Scott Volkers.

The move comes in the wake of DPP Anthony Moynihan QC testifying at the recent Royal Commission’s public hearing into Swimming Australia that charges against Volkers are still p...

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ALA SLAMS MEDIA'S RAID COVERAGE

ALA SLAMS MEDIA'S RAID COVERAGE

TODAY’S police terror raids in Brisbane and Sydney are destructive to the rights of suspects and the arrested, according to Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).

ALA spokesperson and barrister Greg Barns says the safeguards built into the Australian legal system to ensure fairness to all individuals were being damaged by media coverage of ...

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DLA PIPER ADVISES ON TWO BIG TICKET DEALS

DLA PIPER ADVISES ON TWO BIG TICKET DEALS

DLA Piper has recently advised on two major acquisitions, one being the publicised sale of a Brisbane company that stood as Australia’s largest non-bank payment provider.

The team negotiated the sale of Ezi Holdings Pty Limited, more commonly known as Ezidebit, to Global Payments Incorporate, and also the acquisition of MTU Detroit Dies...

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BUSINESS WITH BAXBY

BUSINESS WITH BAXBY

MATT Baxby has been handpicked and headhunted by brands that pride themselves on differentiation.

More than 15 years have passed since Baxby graduated from QUT with a joint bachelor of laws/bachelor of business degree, that time articulated by roles in law and finance, and recently rewarded with QUT’s prestigious Faculty of Law Outs...

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THYNNE + MACARTNEY'S PLAN OF ATTACK

THYNNE + MACARTNEY'S PLAN OF ATTACK

BOUTIQUE law firm Thynne + Macartney has announced plans to expand further into Sydney.

Chairman of Partners Bill Loughnan (pictured) says the firm’s new strategic direction began with the dissolution of the Kennedy Strang Legal Group late last year.

He has outlined the new direction for Thynne + Macartney, pointing out the firm will...

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LEGAL LEGEND PASSES AWAY

LEGAL LEGEND PASSES AWAY

CEDRIC Hampson AO QC has passed away at the age of 81, effecting a deep sadness in the legal community.

Hampson was central to a number of eminent inquiries, and regarded as a key figure in Queensland’s legal, political and social history.

Queensland Law Society president Ian Brown says Hampson gave his all to the practice of law and...

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AGRIBUSINESS ON THE FRONT LINE

AGRIBUSINESS ON THE FRONT LINE

AGRICULTURE is a signature Australian landscape that is developing, and according to legal and industry experts, must be treated accordingly to continue producing results.  

It has long been regarded as a central driver of the Australian economy, and is tipped for accelerated growth as global food demand increases in addition to gre...

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KEMP STRANG PLANS BRISBANE LAUNCH

KEMP STRANG PLANS BRISBANE LAUNCH

KEMP Strang has announced its move to Brisbane, only five months after opening a Melbourne office.

The firm specialises on the matters of banking and finance, property, education, not-for-profit and sport.

The Brisbane office will be headed by partners Glen Williams and Paul Wong, both from Kemp Strang’s former Brisbane affiliate law...

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DLA PIPER TAKES OUT TOP SPOT

DLA PIPER TAKES OUT TOP SPOT

DLA Piper has taken out the title of Law Firm of the Year at the Australian Insurance Industry Awards hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF). 

It was the 11th year the awards have been held, which recognise businesses that have been of great service to the insurance sector.

DLA Piper&rsquo...

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GOLDEN GAVEL RECAP

GOLDEN GAVEL RECAP

THE Golden Gavel has been Queensland Young Lawyers’ (QYL) most successful event of the year, selling out to a crowd of more than 210 lawyers.

The event is an opportunity for Brisbane's funniest young lawyers to show off their comedic skills.

Talent spotlighted this year included Mark Grdovich, Denis Beattie, Eliza Saul, Matthew L...

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CUSTOMERS UNITE AGAINST BANK FEES

CUSTOMERS UNITE AGAINST BANK FEES

MAURICE Blackburn’s campaign against late bank fees continues to play out today in the New South Wales supreme court.

Should the bank fees class actions prevail, any customer who has ever been charged a late payment fee by Westpac, St. George, Citibank, BankSA and ANZ will be eligible to share in an eventual successful outcome.

Depen...

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SLATER & GORDON GROWS

SLATER & GORDON GROWS

FOLLOWING assimilation into the UK, Slater & Gordon have reported a 40 per cent stronger performance from the previous financial year and announced the likelihood of further acquisitions.

Revenue, earnings and cash flow all exceeded full year guidance for the multinational Australian-headed law firm.

Total revenue stood at $418....

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STANDING OUT FROM THE CROWD

STANDING OUT FROM THE CROWD

4,200 EMPLOYEES are behind the global revenue-generating machine* that is DLA Piper. The firm’s employees hail from a variety of disciplines to cover legal matters in full scope. The Brisbane office has recently appointed a number of practitioners, including Lyndon Masters to the corporate team and Sophie Devitt to litigation and regulatio...

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MAHLAB REPORT 2014

MAHLAB REPORT 2014

ACHIEVERS can no longer anticipate remuneration for their efforts. 

That remuneration – whether delivered through bonus, salary or seniority – is no longer a guarantee for even some of the best of the bunch.

The Mahlab Report 2014 has drawn on actual salary figures, employment experiences and job satisfaction across...

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BRISBANE ARGUES ITS WAY TO THE TOP

BRISBANE ARGUES ITS WAY TO THE TOP

BRISBANE high school students have proven their legal proficiency and taken out top spots at a prestigious national mooting competition.

Bond University High School Mooting Competition awarded first place to Brisbane State High School (BSHS), the team of three outperforming year 11 and 12 students from 120 schools nationwide.

BSHS students...

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STEP UP FOR FAMILY LAW REFORM

STEP UP FOR FAMILY LAW REFORM

AS the Queensland Law Reform Commission gets a boost, strong law reforms to protect families are expected to be passed in parliament today.

This will include new penalties for animal torturers and sex offenders, as well as new double jeopardy rules to bring Queensland into line with the rest of Australia.

The overarching long-time g...

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SOFT SKILLS AND HARD YARDS

SOFT SKILLS AND HARD YARDS

THE legal discipline is evolving, turning the spotlight on law school programs, the organisational cultures of law firms, and the skillsets of legal practitioners. Pressure to change is coming from all directions – clients are demanding different things as the profession also morphs in a demographic sense, according to the Australas...

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NICK NICHOLA TALKS BRISBANE LEGAL

NICK NICHOLA TALKS BRISBANE LEGAL

The global K&L Gates brand is new to Australia, having only commenced operations here in 2013. However, its managing partner Nick Nichola is an established legal ace, climbing his way up the legal ladder for a number of years. He talks to Brisbane Legal about the merger of Middletons and K&L Gates, the competitive Brisbane legal marke...

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ATTRACTING TOP LEGAL TALENT

ATTRACTING TOP LEGAL TALENT

YOU have likely misunderstood your Generation Y employees and co-workers at one point or another.

In some respects, Generation Y isn’t dissimilar from the rest of the workforce in what they value, but in other ways they are worlds apart.

It’s important to make these distinctions considering Generation Y will dominate Aus...

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AN EYE FOR STYLE

AN EYE FOR STYLE

HOLDING Redlich lawyer Laura Chong is putting her best foot forward in all aspects of her life – and you bet it’s wrapped up in a designer shoe.

The construction and infrastructure lawyer is the designer behind The 400 Co, a fashion line with the aim of taking female professionals from work to play in the most stylish of ways...

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IDENTIFYING TOMORROW'S LEADERS

IDENTIFYING TOMORROW'S LEADERS

THE introspective extravert - tomorrow's leader - according to a recent Hudson report.

Identifying Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: Determining the Differences that Matter has facilitated the employee acquisition, promotion and retention process by laying out key traits that distinguish potential leaders.

The results were drawn from res...

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PREVENTING FRAUD

PREVENTING FRAUD

HAVE you or your clients ever been the victim of a fraud? Chances are the answer is probably yes.

The 2012 KPMG biennial survey of fraud, bribery and corruption in Australia and New Zealand reported that a total of $373.7 million had been stolen from the 281 respondents to that survey over the previous two years.

This was up from the $105 ...

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CHARTING NEW WATERS

CHARTING NEW WATERS

SAM Gray of Brisbane Family Law Centre (BLFC) is a new breed of lawyer.

He is a ‘slashie’ – managing not one, but two careers. Work-life balance is an elusive concept at the best of times, but Gray is a new kind of corporate professional that is breaking the mould completely. 

While working as an eager young l...

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INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

SLATER & Gordon Lawyers have bestowed a grant to a not-for-profit body to assist with student legal training.

Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) are the beneficiaries of an $8,000 grant that is intended for extending a pilot clinic for law students for two semesters in 2014 to 2015.

The initiative will see the clini...

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PARTNER PROFILE

PARTNER PROFILE

NATALIE Bryce has taken a central role in many landmark Australian transactions including the privatisation of Medibank Private and the sale of Forestry Plantations Queensland. She has recently added a significant feat to her career accolades and made partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. Brisbane Legal spoke to Bryce about working on projects ...

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QLD FLOODS CLASS ACTION LODGED

QLD FLOODS CLASS ACTION LODGED

A CLASS action has been filed on behalf of more than 4000 victims of the 2011 Queensland floods in the New South Wales Supreme Court.

The claim has been filed against Seqwater, Sunwater and the State of Queensland by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, funded by Bentham IMF.

It alleges there were repeated breaches made by flood engineers from 1 Dec...

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QUIETLY CONFIDENT

QUIETLY CONFIDENT

WHILE still tinged with an element of conservatism, a positive air is surrounding the Brisbane legal market in light of this year’s salary review.

A CBD full of cranes and the movement of interstate firms to the region are positive signs – but improvements are coming in patches and this year’s salary bands are testament...

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THE MCCULLOUGH ROBERTSON EDGE

THE MCCULLOUGH ROBERTSON EDGE

    "A BIG firm without the big attitude" is how McCullough Robertson is described and it transpires when you speak to its Brisbane practitioners. Dylan Kerrigan and Liam Davis of Queensland's largest law firm spoke to Brisbane Legal about taking their work seriously but not themselves, emerging trend...

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