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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THE TIME IS RIPE TO BUY AT SPRINGWOOD LAND ROVER

THE TIME IS RIPE TO BUY AT SPRINGWOOD LAND ROVER

If you are in the market for a new car, now is the time to buy, as Springwood Land Rover is offering a 2.99 per cent comparison rate during August to all new and demonstrator models. The Springwood Dealership was established in January and is the furthest north of the group's six locations. Co-dealer principal Rebecca Frizelle say...

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GREATER THAN GOLD: ANNABELLE WILLIAMS

GREATER THAN GOLD: ANNABELLE WILLIAMS

AFTER achieving the height of sporting glory, Annabelle Williams continues to live the Olympic dream as the in-house lawyer for the Australian Olympic Committee.

The 27-year-old's journey to the AOC started when she landed a graduate position at Allens in Sydney in 2013. After working in Mergers & Acquisitions and Intellectual Pr...

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HOW A BRISBANE FIRM HELPED SET A HIGH COURT TRADEMARK PRECEDENT

HOW A BRISBANE FIRM HELPED SET A HIGH COURT TRADEMARK PRECEDENT

TRADEMARK agreements will be reviewed across Australia following a landmark intellectual property case in theFederal Court of Appeal, where Brisbane law firm Bennett & Philp had a precedent-setting win on behalf of an international alcohol company. Campari America, owner of Wild Turkey Bourbon, has been in a trade mark war with Lodest...

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LAW AMENDMENTS TO HELP STRUGGLING FARMERS

LAW AMENDMENTS TO HELP STRUGGLING FARMERS

PRIMARY producers will benefit from legislation passed by both the Queensland and federal governments, which came into effect 1 July. The federal farm management deposit scheme has been amended, while Queensland has relaxed primary production duties. The maximum amount allowed in a farm management deposit has increased from $400,000 t...

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THREE NEW AUSTRALIAN OFFICES FOR BARRY NILSSON

THREE NEW AUSTRALIAN OFFICES FOR BARRY NILSSON

BARRY Nilsson Lawyers has continued its national expansion, opening new offices in Adelaide and Hobart and Sydney. The Adelaide office comes through a merger with Winter Hilditch & Fotheringham (WHF), which brings eight new staff to the firm including partners Andrew HIlditch, Bronwyn Ackland and Michael Fotheringham. WHF has more than ...

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MEET MINTER ELLISON'S IRON-ASSOCIATE

MEET MINTER ELLISON'S IRON-ASSOCIATE

MOST lawyers would agree that keeping a hobby or activity is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Senior Associate Sian Reece (pictured) of Minter Ellison, however, redefines this idea on the next level. Where some might pick up a guitar, join a soccer team or paint a canvas, Reece devotes the other half ...

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PROSECUTOR BY DAY, AUTHOR BY NIGHT RELEASES FIRST FICTION

PROSECUTOR BY DAY, AUTHOR BY NIGHT RELEASES FIRST FICTION

WHAT happens when a lawyer lets their imagination run wild? If you were expecting a punch line, we are sorry to say that there isn't one. However, crown prosecutor Michael Lehane has definitely offered his own answer to the question. For the past ten years Lehane's labour of love outside of the law has been an imaginative ...

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CLASS ACTION LOOMS AS SURFSTITCH $500M UNDER WATER

CLASS ACTION LOOMS AS SURFSTITCH $500M UNDER WATER

GOLD Coast online retailer SurfStitch is swimming in hot water after national law firm Gadens announced it was engaged in a preliminary investigation of the financial circumstances of the business. This comes on the back of SurfStitch's announcement last week that pro-forma earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation ...

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LITTLE FIRM MAKING BIG WAVES, 170 YEARS ON

LITTLE FIRM MAKING BIG WAVES, 170 YEARS ON

IT'S been 170 years since Robert Little landed on the shores of Moreton Bay and established a legal practice from his humble cottage on the corner of George and Adelaide Streets. Little by name, but not by legacy, the fruits of his labour live on today as the Brisbane chapter of Allens, an international legal force behind some of Aust...

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CREEVEY RUSSELL SUBMITS TO ACCC AGRIBUSINESS FORUM

CREEVEY RUSSELL SUBMITS TO ACCC AGRIBUSINESS FORUM

CREEVEY Russell has championed Queensland's agribusiness sector this month, presenting key submissions at the recent Toowoomba beef forum hosted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The forum is an integral part of the ACCC's recently announced market study into the cattle and beef industry, with founding ...

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