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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SLATER & GORDON FACES ANOTHER TOUGH DAY

SLATER & GORDON FACES ANOTHER TOUGH DAY

THE share landslide that smothered Slater & Gordon (ASX:SGH) yesterday continued this morning as investors wiped another $100 million from the embattled legal firm's value. The shares fell as much as 30c in early trading to a low of 59.5c with more than 25 million shares changing hands in the first half hour of trading. Shares...

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BOSSES MAKE A STAND AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

BOSSES MAKE A STAND AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

BRISBANE business and community leaders have taken a stand to end domestic violence against women by banding together today in support of White Ribbon Day. More than one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner nationally, according to White Ribbon Australia. Now in its 12th year, the campaign focuses on the positive role...

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CORPORATES SERVE UP FOR CHARITY

CORPORATES SERVE UP FOR CHARITY

THE last thing anyone would expect to see in the heart of Brisbane's CBD is a hard-hitting match of beach volleyball, but a few gutsy corporates were determined to make it happen for a good cause. A number of teams including corporate and finance specialist firm Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) served up on the day to support the Cherish W...

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MODERN JUSTICE IN AN ERA OF PRIVATE LAW

MODERN JUSTICE IN AN ERA OF PRIVATE LAW

THE Stamford Plaza Hotel in Brisbane will play host to a gathering of the world's top law experts who are set to debate global challenges to modern justice in the area of private law. The debate is expected to hammer out an agenda for private lawyers nationally and internationally, recognising a diverse range of legal and social inter...

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POWER COMBINATION TO HIT PACIFIC RIM

POWER COMBINATION TO HIT PACIFIC RIM

FOUR powerhouse global firms have put a combination in the pipeline which, if approved by vote this week, is expected to establish a new dominant legal force in the Pacific Rim. Global firm Dentons, Chinese firm Dacheng, Singapore firm Rodyk & Davidson and Australian firm Gadens have recognised the need for unification in lieu of the ...

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MERGER ROUSING BUSINESS POTENTIAL

MERGER ROUSING BUSINESS POTENTIAL

IN A move to expand its service offering, corporate expert Rouse Lawyers has announced it will be joining forces with business law and franchising expert Bywaters Timms early next month. The merger, set to grow the business to 14 lawyers and 22 staff, aligns the core values of both firms,  according to firm founder Matthew Rouse. ...

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GIVE THE GIFT OF LEGAL SECURITY THIS CHRISTMAS

GIVE THE GIFT OF LEGAL SECURITY THIS CHRISTMAS

SOMETIMES it's the little things that make the biggest difference. Rushing back to double check you've locked your apartment door, a spray of cologne before a job interview or packing your laptop charger before a long meeting. Elder Law expert, Brian Herd (pictured), knows just how crucial it is to be prepared for the unlikely...

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HIGH COURT CHANGES THE LIFE-SCIENCE GAME

HIGH COURT CHANGES THE LIFE-SCIENCE GAME

FOLLOWING the High Court's recent decision to overturn Federal Court rulings on gene patenting, an IP lawyer is now speculating on what it will mean for the life-science industry. The High Court case focused on US company Myriad Genetics and its patent over the isolated BRCA-1 gene, which until recently was deemed valid. McCulloug...

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KEMP TACKLES PERSONAL INJURY BIG GUNS

KEMP TACKLES PERSONAL INJURY BIG GUNS

A YOUNG Brisbane law firm is giving major competitors a run for their money across Queensland. Launched just two years ago, Kemp Law has made a name for itself in through its personal injury legal services, backed by strong Polynesian and Korean community support. Founder Michael Kemp, who has 17 years of experience in personal injury...

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BENNETT & PHILP MAKE THE GRADE AGAIN

BENNETT & PHILP MAKE THE GRADE AGAIN

BENNETT & Philp Lawyers has again been recognised by the prestigious Doyle's Guide to the Legal Profession, being named in the 2015 guide as one of the leading intellectual property firms in Brisbane. Directors and intellectual property lawyers Ken Philp (pictured) and Tony Bennett have also been identified in Doyle's national...

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ATKINSON'S WINNING DEDICATION REWARDED

ATKINSON'S WINNING DEDICATION REWARDED

MAURICE Blackburn's Sarah Atkinson champions the rights of the vulnerable. As the firm's principal for medical negligence, Atkinson works to secure justice for those affected by substandard healthcare practice throughout Queensland. For exceptional devotion to her field, Atkinson has received Queensland Law Society's Outst...

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