FIVE MINUTES WITH.. FAMILY LAWYER BRETT HARTLEY

FIVE MINUTES WITH.. FAMILY LAWYER BRETT HARTLEY

IT is Brett Hartley's passion for helping people achieve fair outcomes and giving them the opportunity to move on with their life that has seen him spend 26 years in family law.

His firm, Hartley Healy (previously Hartley Family Law Specialists) was one of the first Brisbane law firms to exclusively practice in family law and has exp...

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SLATER & GORDON EYES BILLION-DOLLAR DEAL

SLATER & GORDON EYES BILLION-DOLLAR DEAL

SLATER & Gordon is looking to acquire Quindell's Professional Services Division (PSD) in the UK, following its announcement of an A$890 million accelerated renounceable entitlement offer.

The firm has entered a trading halt on the ASX in the lead-up to announcing the billion-dollar acquisition.

The agreement is in line with Slater ...

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GOVERNMENT 'FAILING VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT'

GOVERNMENT 'FAILING VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT'

THE Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) says it is "extremely disappointed" by the Federal Government's rejection of a national compensation scheme for victims of institutional child sexual assault. 

This follows a "troubling" submission by the government to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to ...

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SA PENALTY RATES WONT REFLECT IN QLD PAY LEVELS

SA PENALTY RATES WONT REFLECT IN QLD PAY LEVELS

THE landmark deal in South Australia to slash weekend penalty rates for retail workers has business owners in sister states asking why it is not occurring in their area.

Employment law expert Brett Wilson says it is inevitable that business and unions throughout Australia will closely examine the SA deal and there will be pressure to imp...

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CALLS TO BETTER PROTECT CLIENT-LAWYER CONFIDENTIALITY

CALLS TO BETTER PROTECT CLIENT-LAWYER CONFIDENTIALITY

THE Law Council of Australia is calling on the federal government to further amend the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to require law enforcement and intelligence agencies to obtain a warrant to access client-lawyer communications.

This follows the Government's intention to amend the act around journalist's ...

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QLD IN DARK AGES WHEN IT COMES TO REGULATING SPORT

QLD IN DARK AGES WHEN IT COMES TO REGULATING SPORT

RENEWED calls for the regulation of combat sport have been voiced following the death of professional Queensland boxer Braydon Smith.

Brisbane-based sports lawyer Tim Fuller of McInnes Wilson Lawyers says Queensland is behind the times and needs to follow in the steps of its sister states that regulate professional boxing and ultimately ...

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DLA PIPER HEADS UP TRANSPORT DEAL

DLA PIPER HEADS UP TRANSPORT DEAL

DLA Piper has advised on the acquisition of a significant Australian transport company which operates in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Corporate M&A partner David Ryan, Brisbane-based transport partner Alex Guy (pictured) and M&A senior associate Horace Wu have advised Keolis Downer on its agree...

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STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

A BRISBANE sports lawyer says controversies such as the Titans cocaine drug scandal leaves all involved between a rock and a hard place.  Tim Fuller (pictured below), who formerly played professionally in the NRL for South Sydney and the Gold Coast, says from a legal perspective the situation has created a set of circumstances that a...

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OVERCOMING A 'POISONOUS CULTURE' WITHIN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

OVERCOMING A 'POISONOUS CULTURE' WITHIN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

JUSTICE Margaret McMurdo says while we have reason to celebrate, there is still reason to commiserate when it comes to gender equality and female representation in the legal profession.

Speaking at a Women in Law event at Bond University, the Queensland Court of Appeal President presented the legal profession with a novel idea - obey the...

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PUTTING A STOP TO TRADE MARK TROLLS

PUTTING A STOP TO TRADE MARK TROLLS

TRAGEDIES such as the disappearance of the MH370 Malaysian Airlines flight, the 2014 Paris terror attacks and the MH17 plane crash which killed 298 passengers and crew on board are being turned into money makers by 'trade mark trolls'.  This involves people grabbing contentious issues from the news and creating internet domai...

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FROM ENGINEERING TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

FROM ENGINEERING TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

NICOLE Murdoch started her career in electrical engineering and worked for 10 years in information technology before she found her true calling. She undertook a Juris Doctor at Bond University and, after graduating in 2007, worked for nine months with Minter Ellison before training to become a patent and trademark attorney at Cullens Pate...

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ONE YEAR ON, ARE WE ANY SAFER?

ONE YEAR ON, ARE WE ANY SAFER?

AUSTRALIA'S privacy laws turned one this week but the technology we use the most is still governed by a law from its dark ages.

There is now an audience backing calls by a former United States Homeland Security Department secretary for a major overhaul of rules on internet jurisdiction.

Bond University Law professor Dan Svantesson and ...

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CREEVEY RUSSELL LAUNCHES TOOWOOMBA SISTER COMPANY

CREEVEY RUSSELL LAUNCHES TOOWOOMBA SISTER COMPANY

QUEENSLAND law firm Creevey Russell Lawyers is launching a sister company in Toowoomba called CR Lawyers. Perry Russell (right), a principal of Creevey Russell, will head up the new firm and its services in conveyancing, wills and estate planning, criminal law, family law, and leases. Russell says the new sister company is a "win...

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AND THE AWARD GOES TO...

AND THE AWARD GOES TO...

CARTER Newell Lawyers has won the 2015 Queensland Law Society Equity and Diversity Awards - Large Legal Practice Award. The award recognises firms that embrace the changing nature of the legal profession by promoting positive firm culture through policies addressing diversity, equity, equal opportunity and flexible work practices. Car...

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RECENT APPOINTMENTS

RECENT APPOINTMENTS

FORMER investigator for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Juanita Rayson, has joined DibbsBarker law firm as a partner.

With more than 20 years' experience in the Brisbane market, she joins the firm from Corrs Chambers Westgrath where she spent over 10 years, including a brief stint as General Counsel of BrisConne...

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WHERE IT WENT WRONG FOR THE LNP

WHERE IT WENT WRONG FOR THE LNP

THE Queensland state president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has described the LNP as arrogant and power hungry two traits that contributed to its historical election defeat. Michelle James (pictured left), speaking at the ALA's Queensland State Conference, says the "slashing of rights" at the hands of the LNP lef...

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LOST THE BATTLE, BUT WON THE WAR

LOST THE BATTLE, BUT WON THE WAR

THE legal team that fought for the freedom of baby Ferouz and his asylum seeking family has been awarded the 2015 Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) Queensland Civil Justice Award.  The pro-bono case which involved the Myuddin family, who had been involved in a lengthy legal battle with the federal government, argued that son Ferouz d...

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BROCKOVICH: 'YOU DON'T NEED A DEGREE TO BE HUMAN'

BROCKOVICH: 'YOU DON'T NEED A DEGREE TO BE HUMAN'

HIGH flying legal crusader Erin Brockovich is touring Down Under with one strong message: "it is when all of us come together that we can actually begin to effect change." The environmental activist, who is known for her relentless pursuit of justice for those who have been wronged, is encouraging all Australians to come togethe...

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LITTLE HOPE FOR BALI NINE DRUG DUO

LITTLE HOPE FOR BALI NINE DRUG DUO

A BRISBANE lawyer involved in the Bali Nine drug case says there is now little prospect that the lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be spared, and he has put the blame squarely on the "unauthorised actions" of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Robert Myers, who has been working for almost a decade to redress the &...

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BRISBANE LEGAL LEADERS COMMENT ON THE YEAR AHEAD

BRISBANE LEGAL LEADERS COMMENT ON THE YEAR AHEAD

LEADERS from Brisbane law firms have put a mixed 2014 behind them to embrace a new year of opportunity.

Holding Redlich partner Troy Lewis described the prevailing sentiment perfectly, when he said he was "cautiously optimistic" about the year ahead.

Across the board, there is a view that the way legal services are being d...

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SLATER AND GORDON REPORTS $33.7 MILLION HALF-YEAR PROFIT

SLATER AND GORDON REPORTS $33.7 MILLION HALF-YEAR PROFIT

MELBOURNE-BASED law firm Slater and Gordon (ASX: SGH) has reported a net profit after tax of $33.7 million for the six months ending December 31, 2014, despite difficulties surrounding its Queensland operations. The company predicts total revenue for 2014-15 to exceed $500 million, up at least 20 per cent from the $420 million reported la...

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MCBRATNEY RECOGNISED IN WORLD TRADEMARK REVIEW

MCBRATNEY RECOGNISED IN WORLD TRADEMARK REVIEW

THE head of Brisbane independent law firm McCullough Robertson's Technology Media and Telecommunications Group Malcolm McBratney has been recognised as one of the world's leading trademark lawyers. McBratney was one of only 74 lawyers (excluding barristers) in Australia and one of only two lawyers (excluding barristers) based in Q...

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UP-AND-COMER TACKLES NEW ROLE

UP-AND-COMER TACKLES NEW ROLE

UNIVERSITY of Queensland Alumna Ailsa McKeon has taken up the position of Associate to the Honourable Justice Roslyn G Atkinson AO of the Supreme Court of Queensland, after graduating from UQ's TC Beirne School of Law with first class honours. McKeon, who completed a dual bachelor of laws/arts, majoring in Spanish and peace and conflic...

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BALI NINE: 'OUR ULTIMATE HOPE FOR MERCY'

BALI NINE: 'OUR ULTIMATE HOPE FOR MERCY'

THE Australian Bar Association (ABA) today strongly restated its opposition to the death penalty in any jurisdiction, calling for mercy for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran as reports of an imminent execution date grow. "We respect the Indonesian Court's ruling, and deeply regret to hear reports this morning that an application f...

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QLD TO ATTRACT MORE CHINESE LAW STUDENTS

QLD TO ATTRACT MORE CHINESE LAW STUDENTS

MORE Chinese students are set to undertake postgraduate law programs in Queensland following the partnership of Bond University and one of China's specialist economics and law institutions. The five year agreement with Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL), located in China's Wuhan Province, has officially been signed. ...

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ELEVEN ELEVATIONS AT CARTER NEWELL

ELEVEN ELEVATIONS AT CARTER NEWELL

CARTER Newell Lawyers kicks off 2015 with eleven elevations across their Brisbane and Sydney offices. Carter Newell is pleased to welcome Luke Preston (Construction & Engineering) and Michael Bath (Insurance and Construction & Engineering) to the partnership. Preston, who will be based in Brisbane, has more than 21 years' ...

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MCINNES WILSON RE-STRUCTURES TO MEET DEMAND

MCINNES WILSON RE-STRUCTURES TO MEET DEMAND

MCINNES Wilson Lawyers (MWL) has appointed two new Principals to its senior leadership team, to meet demand of its clients. Ciaran Houston (pictured left) has been appointed Principal of Planning and Environment while Pierce Carstensen (pictured right) appointed Principal of the firm's new Family Law practice. "We see the app...

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HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS APPOINTS ASIA-FACING M&A PARTNER

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS APPOINTS ASIA-FACING M&A PARTNER

IAN Williams has been welcomed as a new partner to the Herbert Smith Freehills Brisbane corporate team.

Williams has specialised in M&A for more than 20 years, as well as joint ventures in the energy, resources, infrastructure and industrial sectors.

His experience includes advising a range of Asia-based clients.

He also holds a num...

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TRESSCOX RAISES INTERNATIONAL PROFILE

TRESSCOX RAISES INTERNATIONAL PROFILE

TRESSCOX Lawyers has ushered in a new partner to its Brisbane corporate and commercial team.

Simon Harrison has extensive experience in Australia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom, working across corporate, commercial and government.

He has worked on client advisory for issues involving agribusiness and food and water security, clean...

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HOPGOODGANIM BOOSTS SENIOR RANKS

HOPGOODGANIM BOOSTS SENIOR RANKS

HOPGOODGANIM Brisbane has kicked off 2015 with a boost to its senior ranks, consisting of two promotions. Brooke Jacobs has risen to Special Counsel in the Brisbane office. Jacobs is one of the senior members of the firm's Insurance and Risk team in Brisbane.

Justin McInally has been appointed to Senior Associate. McInally is a n...

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