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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PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER WALKS FOR HIS OWN LITTLE MIRACLES

PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER WALKS FOR HIS OWN LITTLE MIRACLES

THOUSANDS of participants travelled the 5km stretch at South Bank last Sunday to raise funds in the Mater Little Miracles charity walk. Joining the crowd were staff from Brisbane's Injury & Accident Lawyers, a team inspired by its own special connection to the Mater legacy. Firm Director Hideki Shimizu's twins Sebastian an...

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POLL RAKES UP POSITIVE OPINION OF LEGAL AID

POLL RAKES UP POSITIVE OPINION OF LEGAL AID

AN INDEPENDENT poll commissioned as a part of a national campaign found that the vast majority of Australians believe legal aid should be available in times of need. The Legal Aid Matters campaign sought the views of a broad cross-section of Australians on the matter by posing a single statement. "In Australia, anyone who encount...

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CARTER NEWELL PLANTS THE SEED IN SV GENETICS BUYOUT

CARTER NEWELL PLANTS THE SEED IN SV GENETICS BUYOUT

QUEENSLAND-based plant breeder SV Genetics (SVG) has sold its business assets to American-listed S&W Seed Company (NASDAQ: SANW), in a deal advised by Carter Newell's corporate team. Led by partner Matt Couper (pictured), assisted by solicitor William Keating, the Carter Newell team conducted a smooth transaction which was finalis...

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THE FUTURE OF LAW IS HERE, AND IT'S ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT

THE FUTURE OF LAW IS HERE, AND IT'S ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT

IT TURNS out science-fiction pioneer Isaac Asimov wasn't far off the mark when he wrote that artificial intelligence (AI) would soon become part of the workforce. While the rest of us might have imagined robot cashiers, servants and waiters, the minds behind ROSS, the world's first AI attorney, were obviously dreaming a little lar...

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE END OF FINANCIAL YEAR

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE END OF FINANCIAL YEAR

PREPARING for the end of the financial year is a bit more difficult this year, with a federal election just days later which could lead to huge changes for superannuation, negative gearing and business taxation.  There is no time like the present to make the most of current tax arrangements whilst you still can. Prior to June 30t...

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CATCHLOVE'S JOURNEY FROM THE VATICAN TO LAW

CATCHLOVE'S JOURNEY FROM THE VATICAN TO LAW

FOR the vast majority of high-achieving lawyers, the relentless professional grind begins as a teenaged undergraduate and stops at a well-couched partnership or management position. Breaking the mould however, Paul Catchlove (pictured) didn't discover his legal calling until departing from an already illustrious career as an ordained ...

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DLA PIPER PIPS BIG FIRMS TO THE TAX POST

DLA PIPER PIPS BIG FIRMS TO THE TAX POST

DLA Piper has won the Australia Tax Firm of the Year Award at the Asia Tax Awards for 2016, adding fuel to an already burning flame in the international finance sector. Taking out the title over other big shortlisted names in the accounting firm sector, including Baker & McKenzie, PwC and KPMG, DLA Piper's win comes off the back o...

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COOK RAISES THE BAR ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

COOK RAISES THE BAR ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

AS THE domestic violence epidemic continues to rake in the lion's share of family law matters, one practitioner has opened a new firm specialising in the field. Veteran family lawyer Kara Cook launched Cook Legal, Australia's first dedicated domestic violence private practice out of both a passion for the work and client demand. ...

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GLOBALX AT FOREFRONT OF FIGHT AGAINST HOMELESSNESS

GLOBALX AT FOREFRONT OF FIGHT AGAINST HOMELESSNESS

THOUSANDS of corporate leaders will once again be trading their three-piece suits for tracksuits next month in the annual Vinnies CEO Sleep Out, a national event organised by the St Vincent de Paul Society aiming to raise funds for the homeless. Peter Maloney, chief executive of GlobalX Legal Solutions, is among those currently leading th...

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TACKLING MENTAL HEALTH, ONE STEP AT A TIME

TACKLING MENTAL HEALTH, ONE STEP AT A TIME

ALMOST a thousand legal eagles will be taking to the streets during National Law Week for the 9th Annual Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) Legal Walk. The 5km trek through South Brisbane will kick off on the morning of May 17 outside the Supreme Court building, with participants aiming to raise an ambitious $100,000 f...

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CREEVEY RUSSELL LAUNCHES DEBT RECOVERY SERVICE

CREEVEY RUSSELL LAUNCHES DEBT RECOVERY SERVICE

CREEVEY Russell has unveiled the newest arm to its range of commercial services, with a promise to plug up the time sink that many businesses face when it comes to chasing down assets. Principal Dan Creevey says the firm's new debt recovery department's primary focus will be to assist clients in improving business cashflow and cha...

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QLS BACKS RETAIL LEGISLATION AMENDMENTS

QLS BACKS RETAIL LEGISLATION AMENDMENTS

THE state government has made amendments to leasing laws for the retail sector, in a move congratulated by the Queensland Law Society (QLS). According to QLS president Bill Potts, the new Retail Shop Leases Act Amendment Bill 2015 which recently passed will provide more clarity for all owners, buyers and sellers within the retail market. ...

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THE HOBBY THAT INSPIRED A PARTNER'S SECOND CALLING

THE HOBBY THAT INSPIRED A PARTNER'S SECOND CALLING

IT WAS an avid interest in history combined with a love for travel, good food and good company that first inspired lawyer Kieran McCarthy (pictured) to double as a travel guide and lead his first ANZAC tour across the world in 2009. McCarthy, a partner with Jones McCarthy Lawyers, has since led a total of six pilgrimages to France, and ha...

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MINTER ELLISON FLEXES NEW MUSCLE

MINTER ELLISON FLEXES NEW MUSCLE

MINTER Ellison has responded to an increasing market demand for flexible in-house contract work by launching Minter Ellison Flex this month. Flex is a new business that aims to give clients direct access to a pool of contract lawyers from a range of backgrounds and varying levels of experience. Partner and head of innovation Andrew Cu...

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THYNNE + MACARTNEY TEAM TO TACKLE GRUELLING CHARITY CHALLENGE

THYNNE + MACARTNEY TEAM TO TACKLE GRUELLING CHARITY CHALLENGE

TRAINING is well under way for Hannah Byrne and Mark Winn of commercial firm Thynne + Macartney, as they gear up to tackle more than a thousand kilometres on the bike next month for charity. The pair will begin the gruelling RideWest challenge from Brisbane to Longreach on May 6 in support of the Royal Flying Doctors mental health service...

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GOODBYE FIRM, HELLO OPPORTUNITY

GOODBYE FIRM, HELLO OPPORTUNITY

MANY lawyers relish the idea of going into bat for themselves to run their own practice and do business on their own terms. Last month, veteran personal injury lawyer Kate Avery (pictured) made this dream a reality. After leaving a senior associate position with Jensen McConaghy, Avery believes that the rewards from her new business f...

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CLOUD CONCERNS DETERRING PROGRESS

CLOUD CONCERNS DETERRING PROGRESS

A RECENT survey has shown that more than half of the legal profession is reluctant to adopt new technology and digital tools due to concerns with data sovereignty and data privacy in the cloud. According to findings by searching technology specialist InfoTrack and legal systems company InPlace Solutions, 60 per cent of firm managers belie...

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MIGUEL TO HEADLINE BRISBANE BREAKFAST

MIGUEL TO HEADLINE BRISBANE BREAKFAST

FOLLOWING its successful inaugural event last year featuring celebrity guests Chrissie Swan and Dami Im, Great Expectation Speakers and Trainers will once again be hosting the Office Professionals Breakfast in Brisbane next month. This year celebrity chef and TV host Miguel Maestre (pictured) from lifestyle show The Living Room is lined u...

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GAME ON FOR LEGAL WORDSMITHS

GAME ON FOR LEGAL WORDSMITHS

MORE than $6000 in prizes is up for grabs in this year's Australian Legal Writers challenge, open to all writers holding an Australian law degree or in their final year of an Australian law degree. The competition, launched by Go To Court Lawyers on February 29, aims to showcase the law from any national jurisdiction, and entrants are...

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