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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GENDER EQUALITY IMPROVES IN LEGAL FRATERNITY

GENDER EQUALITY IMPROVES IN LEGAL FRATERNITY

QUEENSLAND has improved its stance on gender equality in the past few years, with more women being promoted to senior management positions both within firms and legal organisations, according to the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ). "The Supreme Court reports show there has been an increase of female barristers appearin...

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JOHN FYTIT DIES, LEAVES A BOOK IN HIS WAKE

JOHN FYTIT DIES, LEAVES A BOOK IN HIS WAKE

ONE of the legal profession's favourite 'agony aunts' unexpectedly passed away this month, leaving holes in hearts across the nation and, of course, a book available for purchase. John Fytit (pronounced 'Fight it'), a fictional character created by Brisbane Lawyer Paul Brennan, croaked at age 51 following a series of c...

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CORPORATES TO DANCE-OFF FOR CHARITY

CORPORATES TO DANCE-OFF FOR CHARITY

IN ONE of the most highly anticipated fundraising events of the year, 12 CEOs will go from boardroom to ballroom in the 2016 Dancing CEOs competition next month to help raise money for the prevention of domestic violence. Two of Brisbane's finest legal minds are among the bunch, with Clarissa Rayward of the Brisbane Family Law Centre ...

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NEW DIGS FOR DLA PIPER

NEW DIGS FOR DLA PIPER

DLA Piper has moved into its new home at 480 Queen Street, a premium grade office tower completed this year by Grocon and Dexus Property. DLA Piper, one of the first two tenants to officially move into the building, has secured a large single 'park rise' floor in the 34-level building. Brisbane managing partner Jim Holding say...

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MACDONNELLS TRIO IN RUNNING FOR PARTNER OF THE YEAR

MACDONNELLS TRIO IN RUNNING FOR PARTNER OF THE YEAR

TWO Brisbane-based partners from MacDonnells Law are in the running for the inaugural Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year awards, to be hosted in Sydney next month. Partner Luckbir Singh (pictured) has been named a finalist in the commercial category, with local government advisory, native title and cultural heritage lawyer Jenny Humphris ...

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FERGUSON CANNON SETTLES RECORD $215 MILLION DEAL

FERGUSON CANNON SETTLES RECORD $215 MILLION DEAL

AVEO Group (ASX: AOG) has bought Freedom Aged Care for $215.5 million in the largest settlement ever facilitated by corporate specialists Ferguson Cannon Lawyers in the firm's 20-year history. The transaction included an $83.5 million share issue by Aveo, the assumption of $88 million in debt as well as the agreement for a deferred pa...

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JULIE MCSTAY'S LOVE OF A BOOMING NICHE

JULIE MCSTAY'S LOVE OF A BOOMING NICHE

JULIE McStay has cemented her position as one of Brisbane's foremost legal authorities on aged care and retirement living, having been named for a fifth consecutive year on the Australian Best Lawyers list. According to McStay, the aged-care market is experiencing a widespread boom, with several new opportunities opening up for provid...

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SUPERS DELAYED WITH AGE LIMITS ON THE RISE

SUPERS DELAYED WITH AGE LIMITS ON THE RISE

PEOPLE who are at the business end of their careers now have to wait longer before accessing the superannuation nest egg, as the preservation age steadily increases to 60 over the coming years. New laws in effect from July 2015 mean that the current minimum age a member can access their super benefits has increased to 56, with this preser...

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SLATER & GORDON'S WEEK JUST GOT WORSE

SLATER & GORDON'S WEEK JUST GOT WORSE

SHARES in legal group Slater & Gordon (ASX:SGH) continue to languish at record lows following a two-day sell-off this week, prompted by the likelihood that the legal group is almost certain to face a class action over its financial performance. The shares edged 1c higher in early trade to 32.5c, off a record low of 30c this morning. ...

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FIGHT FOR RIGHTS STARTS WITH QUEENSLAND LAWYERS

FIGHT FOR RIGHTS STARTS WITH QUEENSLAND LAWYERS

GEORGE Williams (pictured centre) has dedicated years of research to the question: "Does Australia have a human rights problem?" At a recent twilight conference event hosted by the Transnational, International and Comparative Law and Policy Network at Bond University, the esteemed constitutional lawyer and University of NSW prof...

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SLATER & GORDON REVEALS ALMOST $1 BILLION LOSS

SLATER & GORDON REVEALS ALMOST $1 BILLION LOSS

SLATER and Gordon (ASX:SGH) has capped off a tempestuous year after recording a first-half loss of close to $1 billion, largely due to a writedown of its embattled UK business. However, the law firm has been given the all-clear by the corporate watchdog after it launched an investigation into the company's books, focusing on the value...

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VOLATILE SHARE RIDE AS SHINE PROFIT SLUMPS

VOLATILE SHARE RIDE AS SHINE PROFIT SLUMPS

SHARES in Shine Corporate (ASX:SHJ) continue to remain volatile after falling as much as 19 per cent in early trade on the back of poor profit results for the first half of FY16.    The Brisbane-based law firm's bottom line profit has slumped 90 per cent to $1.3 million for the six months to the end of December from $13...

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COMMERCIAL SAVVY RESULTS IN A CAPTURED MARKET

COMMERCIAL SAVVY RESULTS IN A CAPTURED MARKET

RESULTS Legal has made a name for itself as an innovator in the commercial litigation space over the past decade, with founder and managing director Karl Hill (pictured) crediting it to an unconventional approach. "We've always tried to be slightly different from the competition," says Hill, as he reflected on the firm's...

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AVOIDING THE CYBER DEFENCE DANGER ZONE

AVOIDING THE CYBER DEFENCE DANGER ZONE

AS COMPANIES continue to rely heavily on the internet for storing crucial information and data, one cyber security expert warns that boards and legal teams need to up the ante with their online defence strategies. Minter Ellison special council Leah Mooney (pictured) says with each new development in the way businesses conduct their opera...

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MINTER ELLISON NAMED OFFICIAL LAWYERS OF COMMONWEALTH GAMES

MINTER ELLISON NAMED OFFICIAL LAWYERS OF COMMONWEALTH GAMES

MINTER Ellison has joined the sponsor family of the Commonwealth Games, after being named the event's official lawyers at a launch function on the Gold Coast this morning. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) chairman Nigel Chamier and Minter Ellison chief executive Tony Harrington announced the three-year partnersh...

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HOW TO SUCCEED IN PRIVATE PRACTICE

HOW TO SUCCEED IN PRIVATE PRACTICE

PRIVATE practice is becoming a harder nut to crack. In a job market flooded with highly qualified lawyers fighting tooth and nail for the same scarce roles, one Brisbane-based professional says it's time to start thinking laterally before looking for new work. Cullens Principal Blake Knowles (pictured) believes the private sector ...

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