SLATER AND GORDON'S FALL FROM GRACE CONTINUES

SLATER AND GORDON'S FALL FROM GRACE CONTINUES

SLATER and Gordon's losses continue to mount following its disastrous entry in to the UK market. The company today announced a $425.1 million loss for the six months to 31 December 2016, which follows a $958.3 million loss in the previous corresponding period. On the ASX today, Slater and Gordon is trading down 20.62 per cent at $...

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LAWYER BOTS, PEOPLE, AND THE FUTURE OF LAW

LAWYER BOTS, PEOPLE, AND THE FUTURE OF LAW

"YOU might have seen lawyer bots now", says Terri Mottershead as she discusses how technology has disrupted the law profession in recent years with Brisbane Legal.

Having not heard of lawyer bots until that moment, Brisbane Legal later finds out that a teenager in London created DoNotPay in September 2015, which has so far helped su...

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STUDY REVEALS FRUITFUL SECTORS FOR LAWYERS ON THE JOB HUNT

STUDY REVEALS FRUITFUL SECTORS FOR LAWYERS ON THE JOB HUNT

THE property and construction sector is emerging as a hiring hotspot for lawyers, according to the latest Hays Quarterly Report. Hays researchers expect that until March 2017, property and construction lawyers will be in the highest demand, alongside property paralegals and other banking and finance professionals. This is due to the h...

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RELAUNCH OF SENTENCING ADVISORY COUNCIL A WIN FOR QLD JUSTICE

RELAUNCH OF SENTENCING ADVISORY COUNCIL A WIN FOR QLD JUSTICE

THE Queensland Law Society (QLS) has celebrated the relaunch of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council (SAC), saying its return is vital to the delivery of justice throughout the state. The SAC was legislated back into existence in May 2016, after the Campbell government's 2012 decision to dismantle the council was overturned. ...

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LEGAL TECH TO TAP INTO NATIONWIDE SCHOOLING MARKET

LEGAL TECH TO TAP INTO NATIONWIDE SCHOOLING MARKET

NATIONAL firm Mills Oakley has partnered with eLearning specialist Velpic to roll out a new legal training platform throughout primary and secondary schools nationwide. Through Velpic's learning management system, the two companies will develop a training and management scheme which will help schools identify risks associated with tas...

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NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR PROVING SUCCESS IS IN THE FAMILY

NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR PROVING SUCCESS IS IN THE FAMILY

DA Family Lawyers has announced the appointment of a new managing director who is expected to lead the firm to a new era of growth and prosperity. Experienced practitioner Lisa Foley (pictured left) has stepped into the role of managing director while DA Family Lawyers' founder Deborah Awyzio (pictured below-right) remains a director ...

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GADENS CELEBRATES INDIGENOUS INTERNSHIP MILESTONE

GADENS CELEBRATES INDIGENOUS INTERNSHIP MILESTONE

GADENS Queensland has celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Indigenous Intern Program with a keynote speech by Justice Anthe Philippides at a function to celebrate the landmark occasion. Launched in 2007 under patronage from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations, the initiative has to date supported the careers ...

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RESULTS MOVES HOUSE FOLLOWING STRONG YEAR

RESULTS MOVES HOUSE FOLLOWING STRONG YEAR

FOLLOWING a solid year of growth and new additions to its workforce, Results Legal has upgraded its practice. Having outgrown its previous premises in Turbot street following the hire of six new staff in 2016, the commercial litigation specialist has moved to its new location at North Quay. Managing Director Karl Hill says the move si...

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DEBATE SET TO POSE THE QUESTION: IS AUSTRALIA IN 2017 STILL A MAN'S WORLD

DEBATE SET TO POSE THE QUESTION: IS AUSTRALIA IN 2017 STILL A MAN'S WORLD

IT'S BEEN more than 100 years since the first International Women's Day, and this year the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) will set the stage to ask just how far the cause has come. Celebrating 20 years of supporting the global initiative, AIM will host its annual International Women's Day Great Debate series on the 8...

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MICHAEL KEMP: IF YOU WON'T JOIN A BIG FIRM, BEAT IT INSTEAD

MICHAEL KEMP: IF YOU WON'T JOIN A BIG FIRM, BEAT IT INSTEAD

FOR many smaller boutique law firms and sole practitioners, the ultimate business end goal or exit plan involves a top tier firm, a contract for acquisition and a nice fat cheque but not for Michael Kemp (pictured). Instead, the director of personal injury firm Kemp Law says he would rather compete with the big firms out there instead of ...

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CORPORATE LAWYER OF THE YEAR PUTTING THE FIGHT INTO FLIGHT

CORPORATE LAWYER OF THE YEAR PUTTING THE FIGHT INTO FLIGHT

SARAH Thornton (pictured) may not have set out to be an aviation lawyer, but, during her time as general counsel and secretary of the Brisbane Airport Corporation, she has quickly become one of the practice area's biggest influencers. Thornton made the career switch from marketing to law at the age of 30, where she discovered her flai...

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ASIC LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO SLATER AND GORDON FINANCIAL RECORDS

ASIC LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO SLATER AND GORDON FINANCIAL RECORDS

SLATER and Gordon has been hit with two notices to produce documents, as the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) investigates the accuracy of the embattled firm's records. ASIC is seeking to determine whether Slater and Gordon deliberately falsified or manipulated documents over the course of almost 10 months in 201...

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MILLS OAKLEY 'BRACE' FOR IMPACT THROUGH NEW PRACTICE

MILLS OAKLEY 'BRACE' FOR IMPACT THROUGH NEW PRACTICE

MILLS Oakley has unveiled its new workplace relations, employment and safety (WRES) practice area, with experienced special counsel Shelley-Anne Brace (pictured) set to lead the team. At yesterday's launch event, attended by several of Brisbane's leading practitioners and business leaders, Brace revealed her intention to build a p...

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MCCULLOUGH ROBERTSON ADVISES IN WORLD-FIRST MERGER

MCCULLOUGH ROBERTSON ADVISES IN WORLD-FIRST MERGER

Independent law firm McCullough Robertson has advised RACQ on its world-first merger with QT Mutual Bank (QTMB).
Headed by Partner Jim Peterson (pictured), the team acted for RACQ on various legal work streams, including due diligence, submission for regulatory approvals, drafting disclosure materials and transaction implementation. ...

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HOPGOODGANIM PROVES SUCCESS IS ALL IN THE FAMILY

HOPGOODGANIM PROVES SUCCESS IS ALL IN THE FAMILY

HopgoodGanim Lawyers has been named Brisbane's only first tier family law firm by Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession in its Leading Family & Divorce Law Firms Brisbane 2017 rankings. The firm's family law partners also performed highly in Doyles' parallel Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers Brisbane 2017 rank...

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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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