KIRBY HEADS THE ANIMAL WELFARE DEBATE

KIRBY HEADS THE ANIMAL WELFARE DEBATE

FORMER High Court Justice the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG (pictured) returned to Bond University to adjudicate The Great Animal Welfare Debate, hosted by the Bond Animal Welfare League (BAWL) and Law Student’s Association (LSA) alongside the Law Faculty. The annual event sponsored by McLaughlins Lawyers drew an impressive crowd of spe...

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CARTER NEWELL UPHOLDING INDEPENDENCE FOR A QUARTER CENTURY

CARTER NEWELL UPHOLDING INDEPENDENCE FOR A QUARTER CENTURY

WHERE independent firms have at times been front and centre of mergers and acquisitions, Carter Newell Lawyers have been independent for a quarter-century as one of Brisbane’s principal specialist firms. Following 25 years of practice, the promotion of more than 10 devoted partners, reception of numerous industry awards and employme...

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BRISBANE'S NEW AUTHORITY ON CRIME, CORRUPTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS

BRISBANE'S NEW AUTHORITY ON CRIME, CORRUPTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS

A BRISBANE academic is calling for an international debate on the relationship between political corruption and human rights, with a focus on how countries treat the ‘bad guys’ from allegedly corrupt and oppressive former regimes. University of Queensland professor Dr Radha Ivory (pictured) launched her book, ‘Corruption...

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FORMER QLS PRESIDENT WINS PRESTIGIOUS LEADERSHIP AWARD

FORMER QLS PRESIDENT WINS PRESTIGIOUS LEADERSHIP AWARD

FORMER president of the Queensland Law Society (QLS) Annette Bradfield (pictured left) has won the first Award for Excellence in Leadership presented by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ). WLAQ president Kelly McIntyre (pictured right) says Bradfield is a highly deserving recipient of the newly created award which has been...

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SLATER AND GORDON ACQUIRES PERSONAL INJURY FIRM

SLATER AND GORDON ACQUIRES PERSONAL INJURY FIRM

INTERNATIONAL firm Slater and Gordon have announced their acquisition of Victorian and South Australian based personal injury specialists Nowicki Carbone. Slater and Gordon Personal Injury general manager Janine Gregory says the newly combined team will be a particular force in the realm of personal injury law, as both firms have outstand...

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BRAVEHEARTS ATTRACTS LEGAL DOYEN

BRAVEHEARTS ATTRACTS LEGAL DOYEN

HIS Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, has joined national child protection advocate Bravehearts as Patron-in-Chief.

Mr de Jersey will support the organisation by attending functions and promoting the work Bravehearts does in the community to educate, empower and protect children from sexual assault.

Brave...

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UQ MOOTERS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

UQ MOOTERS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

STUDENTS from the University of Queensland have won the Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition for the fourth time in seven years. This achievement also marks the fourth major mooting title this year to be taken out by law students at UQ. The team consisted of Nathan Lindsay (pictured center) and Eloise Gluer (pi...

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'HAPPY FAMILY LAWYER' TAKES FAMILY LAW REIGNS

'HAPPY FAMILY LAWYER' TAKES FAMILY LAW REIGNS

THE Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland (FLPA) has ushered in new president Clarissa Rayward.

The director of Brisbane Family Law Centre and passionate advocate for collaborative law will take over from Trent Waller.

Fiona Caulley, a senior associate with Phillips Family Law, has become FLPA’s new vice president.

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KEMP STRANG OPENS

KEMP STRANG OPENS

KEMP Strang opened its doors in Brisbane today. Headed by partners Glen Williams and Paul Wong, formerly at Kemp Strang’s previously held Brisbane affiliate firm Thynne & Macartney, the firm will focus on banking and finance, dispute resolution and insolvency, and corporate advisory. Kemp Strang managing partner Michael Joseph say...

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CLYDE & CO LAUNCHES IN BRISBANE

CLYDE & CO LAUNCHES IN BRISBANE

CLYDE & Co has opened its fourth Australian office right in the heart of Brisbane.

A team of three partners from Sparke Helmore – Matthew Pokarier, Jacinta Long and Maxine Tills – opened the doors earlier today and there are plans to hire a further 20 lawyers in Brisbane this year.

The team will focus on all classes of insu...

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SHINE ADDS TO ITS CABINET

SHINE ADDS TO ITS CABINET

SHINE Corporate Limited (ASX: SHJ) will acquire Sciaccas Lawyers, a personal injury practice, and Sciaccas Family Lawyers.

The initial consideration of the deal will be $8.75 million with deferred consideration subject to earn-outs linked to ongoing and increased financial performance of the acquired entities.

Sciaccas founder Con Sciacca,...

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FORMER TRILBY MISSO BOSS OPENS FIRM

FORMER TRILBY MISSO BOSS OPENS FIRM

GOODNESS Law is officially up and running for business in Brisbane.

The new personal injury law practice is the brainchild of Lisa Rennie, a former Trilby Misso lawyer with more than a decade’s experience assisting injured people.

The firm is based at the northern end of Suncorp Stadium in Paddington, but will service clients statewi...

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VOICELESS TO HOST LANDMARK ANIMAL LAW EVENT AT BOND UNIVERSITY

VOICELESS TO HOST LANDMARK ANIMAL LAW EVENT AT BOND UNIVERSITY

The first ever Animal law moot to take place in Australia and New Zealand will be held by animal protection organization Voiceless at Bond University on the Gold Coast this weekend. Law Students from eleven universities throughout the country will compete in the knockout style competition called the Voiceless Australian-New Zealand Interv...

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AS THE CLIMATE CHANGES SO MUST THE LAW

AS THE CLIMATE CHANGES SO MUST THE LAW

A recent ground-breaking international report has found the human rights of millions may be critically threatened unless world governments improve legal frameworks for people and nations affected by climate change. The International Bar Association (IBA) Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights have compiled the report entitl...

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INSURANCE REFORMS THREATEN THE SERIOUSLY INJURED

INSURANCE REFORMS THREATEN THE SERIOUSLY INJURED

VICTIMS of catastrophic injury due to negligence may have their claims cut short by the proposed National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS), argues the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).

The ALA says the NIIS, which was initially proposed by the Commonwealth as a no-fault lifetime care scheme to assist those who have suffered brain, spinal-...

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MAJOR ACQUISITION ALL IN A WEEK'S WORK FOR LEADING LAWYERS

MAJOR ACQUISITION ALL IN A WEEK'S WORK FOR LEADING LAWYERS

After closing the $7 million sale of Select Asset Management and Select Investment Partners (SIPL) to OneVue Holdings Limited, the teams at Hall & Willcox and McCullough Robertson have risen as models of exceptional legal efficiency. The significant transaction involved the work of more than thirty vendors, and was swiftly finalised i...

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LEGAL PROMOTIONS ON THE BACK FOOT FOR MOTHERS

LEGAL PROMOTIONS ON THE BACK FOOT FOR MOTHERS

A survey conducted by InfoTrack and Janders Dean has found those in the legal profession believe women seriously disadvantage their careers by taking parental leave. More than 75 per cent of respondents to the survey believe that female lawyers who take time off for motherhood are less likely to make partner than those that don’t. ...

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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.

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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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