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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THE MAKING OF A LEGAL LEGEND: Q&A SPECIAL

THE MAKING OF A LEGAL LEGEND: Q&A SPECIAL

MELISSA Sinopoli (pictured) has made the transition from law school to senior leadership in less than a decade. The word 'trailblazer' doesn't seem to suffice when describing Sinopoli's journey through MacDonnells Law, particularly now as the 28-year-old steps into her new role as practice group leader of the firm's 40...

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CONFIDENCE ON THE RISE, AT LAST

CONFIDENCE ON THE RISE, AT LAST

CONFIDENCE is on the rise in the legal industry despite a murky outlook on the economy over the next year, says a national survey. The quarterly CommBank Legal Market Pulse report shows that overall industry sentiment, while still in touchy territory, has risen from a net negative 37 per cent in the past financial year to a net negative 1...

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BRETT HEADING JOINS JONES DAY

BRETT HEADING JOINS JONES DAY

GLOBAL law firm Jones Day today opened an office in Brisbane, with legal eagle Brett Heading joining as partner. Heading previously served as chairman and partner of McCullough Robertson for more than 30 years, where he oversaw some big IPOs in that time, including the floats of Corporate Travel Management, ERM Power, Shine Lawyers, Devin...

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WHAT WILL 2016 BRING?

WHAT WILL 2016 BRING?

BRISBANE lawyers are expecting a year propelled by the high-end corporate market, particularly in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, as the dollar continues to freefall and foreign investors take more of a shine to the property market.

Brisbane Legal spoke to Talbot Sayer, Piper Alderman and AdventBalance to discover their opinions a...

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FIVE MINUTES WITH... THE THOUGHT LEADER OF THE YEAR

FIVE MINUTES WITH... THE THOUGHT LEADER OF THE YEAR

THE 'Happy Family Lawyer' Clarissa Rayward is determined to change the way Australian families experience separation and divorce. "Every 30 minutes an Australian child experiences the breakdown of their family," says Rayward, the founder of the Brisbane Family Law Centre. "Research consistently shows us that the...

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SHINE EXTENDS VOLUNTARY SUSPENSION AMID PROFIT WARNING

SHINE EXTENDS VOLUNTARY SUSPENSION AMID PROFIT WARNING

SHINE Corporate (ASX:SHJ) has extended its voluntary suspension from the ASX ahead of what is expected to be an announcement of a significant fall in forecast earnings. In the latest rumblings from the competitive legal sector, the Brisbane-based legal firm indicated its earnings this financial year were under review and would be lower th...

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BRISBANE LAWYERS TACKLE THE BIG ISSUE

BRISBANE LAWYERS TACKLE THE BIG ISSUE

SOME of the city's leading lawyers will take to the streets next week to raise awareness and funds for Australia's homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged. During the first week of February, legal executives will sell street magazine The Big Issue, which has raised more than $19 million over the past two decades.  Clayto...

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STATE PICKS UP FEDERAL LEGAL FUNDING SLACK

STATE PICKS UP FEDERAL LEGAL FUNDING SLACK

CAXTON Legal Centre is one of several Queensland community legal services set to receive funds from the Palaszczuk government as a temporary buffer for proposed federal funding cuts beyond 2017.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath says the total $2.7 million figure will be aimed at assisting families and their chil...

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BRISBANE LAWYER TO HEAD BRAVEHEARTS

BRISBANE LAWYER TO HEAD BRAVEHEARTS

PROMINENT Brisbane lawyer Angelo Venardos has been appointed the new CEO of national child protection advocate Bravehearts. Venardos (pictured) will replace Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston AM, who has been appointed chair of the organisation - the pair effectively trading places. Venardos, a former policeman and police prosecutor, ...

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NEW FIRM STICKING TO ITS GUNS

NEW FIRM STICKING TO ITS GUNS

THERE'S a new family law firm on the block, and its partners are planning to stick closely to their guns in the pursuit of success. The Brisbane-based duo of Trent Waller (pictured left) and Daniel Hallam launched Waller Hallam Family Lawyers earlier this month, already steering the company toward becoming one of the most focused bout...

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FIVE MINUTES WITH... SARAH ATKINSON

FIVE MINUTES WITH... SARAH ATKINSON

SARAH Atkinson has built her career in an area of law that requires thicker skin than most. As a medical negligence practitioner and principal at Maurice Blackburn, Atkinson works to secure justice for those affected by sub-standard healthcare practice throughout Queensland. Recently Atkinson received the Queensland Law Society's ...

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FEMALE BARRISTERS GET MAJORITY OF LEGAL WORK

FEMALE BARRISTERS GET MAJORITY OF LEGAL WORK

THE Fair Work Ombudsman now allocates more than half of its legal work to female barristers, as it aims to achieve gender equality in the workplace. In FY15, the agency briefed 56 female barristers and 34 men for its legal work, compared to 50 female barristers and 18 men in FY14. "We have been pushing hard to achieve gender equa...

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A NEW ERA FOR QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY LAW

A NEW ERA FOR QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY LAW

THE University of Queensland's landmark Forgan Smith building is undergoing a significant transformation, hoping to establish itself as one of the world's best contemporary education facilities. The building, which houses the TC Beirne School of Law and has contained the hopes and dreams of around 10,000 law students over the past...

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'DEADLY CONSEQUENCES' FOR GOVERNMENT CUTS

'DEADLY CONSEQUENCES' FOR GOVERNMENT CUTS

IT has been one year since the Productivity Commission's Access to Justice Arrangements Report was released, and following significant government funding cuts, legal representatives from across the country are calling for immediate change. Community Legal Centre (CLC) representatives are urging the government to take action and recogn...

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