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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BOSS LOOKS BACK ON A QUARTER CENTURY

BOSS LOOKS BACK ON A QUARTER CENTURY

HERBERT Smith Freehills' Brisbane branch has been building a legacy for the last 25 years. From the days where a Christmas party could be held around a small dining room table to a current working family of 220, managing partner Michael Back (pictured) has watched the firm's story unfold from day one. Having been a partner wit...

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SWIFT SUCCESS FOR NEW BRISBANE FIRM

SWIFT SUCCESS FOR NEW BRISBANE FIRM

TALBOT Sayer has only been in business for 18 months, but the sheer volume of clients already walking through the doors has come as a welcome surprise to its founders. Partner Oliver Talbot (pictured) is a specialist in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and commercial agreements at Talbot Sayer, one of Brisbane's up-and-coming ...

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DISCOVERING THE SOURCE OF WORKPLACE STRESS

DISCOVERING THE SOURCE OF WORKPLACE STRESS

WHAT'S really keeping Australian professionals up at night? In a recent survey targeting more than 2000 HR leaders, managers and team members across the country, commercial firm Piper Alderman has come up with some answers. The firm's annual Employment Matters Survey asked participants to reflect on personal experience with em...

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BRISBANE FIRM DUBBED ONE OF STATE'S FINEST

BRISBANE FIRM DUBBED ONE OF STATE'S FINEST

MACDONNELLS Law has staked its reputation among the finest firms in the area of regional law, recently winning a top four spot at the 15th Annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards held in Sydney. The independent firm was the only Queensland-based practitioner to be shortlisted for the regional firm of the year award, recognising a stro...

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NEXUS NAMED NATIONAL BOUTIQUE PIONEER

NEXUS NAMED NATIONAL BOUTIQUE PIONEER

NEXUS Law Group has taken out the Australian Law Awards' Boutique Law Firm of the Year, winning out against a number of national firms at the event held in Sydney. The award, open to all boutique firms based in Australia, recognises practices which pioneer new business models and challenge the structure and culture of traditional firm...

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HELPING YOUTH FIND THEIR FEET IN THE WORKFORCE

HELPING YOUTH FIND THEIR FEET IN THE WORKFORCE

IN AN effort to decrease youth unemployment, Brisbane lawyers are rallying behind a new project designed to give young disadvantaged Australians a fighting chance in the workforce. Brisbane commercial law firm Colin Biggers & Paisley (CBP) has partnered with the FM Foundation to launch the Youth Employment Project (YEP), a program tar...

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ONE MAN'S JOURNEY BEYOND THE PARTNERSHIP RUT

ONE MAN'S JOURNEY BEYOND THE PARTNERSHIP RUT

SECURING a partnership is often seen as the be-all-end-all of career goals for budding practitioners. However after achieving that goal, becoming a veteran partner and realising there is nowhere left to climb beyond the ranks, how do lawyers maintain a healthy progressive mindset when there's no real career progression left to achieve...

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NEW CHAPTER FOR FAMILY FIRM A DECADE ON

NEW CHAPTER FOR FAMILY FIRM A DECADE ON

DA FAMILY Lawyers has celebrated a decade in practice, with director Deborah Awyzio (pictured) announcing that the firm's 10th year also heralds an expansion of the firm's services. A mediation branch of the law firm will be formally launched in the coming months, involving a full renovation of the current office space and a bolst...

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WORKPLACE BULLIES 'NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY'

WORKPLACE BULLIES 'NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY'

BULLYING in the workplace continues to be a big issue, although one Brisbane employment law firm says many business owners aren't taking it seriously. NB Lawyers principal and director Jonathan Mamaril (pictured) is concerned that people are viewing anti-bullying legislation as a list of guidelines rather than regulations with direct ...

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ACQUISITION PROPELS LITSUPPORT INTO WIDER MARKET

ACQUISITION PROPELS LITSUPPORT INTO WIDER MARKET

IN A move to expand services, legal admin specialist LitSupport has acquired privately owned Brisbane-based business Confidental Document Solutions (CDS). Brothers Tim and Malcolm Hall, alongside director Michael Wrobel, first opened the doors to CDS 10 years ago, providing secure document-handling services to corporate clients in Brisban...

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BRISBANE FIRMS BATTLE IT OUT IN CHARITY DASH

BRISBANE FIRMS BATTLE IT OUT IN CHARITY DASH

PROJECTS and construction lawyers Emily Hartnell and Dan Peach (pictured) hoisted the colours for Clayton Utz at the inaugural running of the Youngcare Gift in support of a worthy cause. In an effort to raise funds and awareness for Youngcare, a charity focused on supporting young Australians with high care needs, the corporate sprint com...

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SUPREME COURT WELCOMES FIRST FEMALE CHIEF JUSTICE

SUPREME COURT WELCOMES FIRST FEMALE CHIEF JUSTICE

THE Supreme Court is set to receive Catherine Holmes (pictured) as Queensland's 19th Chief Justice, the first woman to hold the position. President of the Queensland Law Society Michael Fitzgerald has welcomed the former Court of Appeal Judge, noting her new role is one of central importance to the judiciary and profession on the whol...

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CARTER NEWELL ADVISES IN MAJOR ACQUISITION

CARTER NEWELL ADVISES IN MAJOR ACQUISITION

TERRY White Group Investments (TWC) has acquired South Australian pharmaceutical retail network Chemplus in a deal advised by corporate law experts Carter Newell Lawyers. The acquisition has created the largest retail pharmacy chain in South Australia. Corporate partner Matt Couper (pictured), assisted by solicitor William Keating, le...

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PEDAL TO THE METAL FOR CHARITY

PEDAL TO THE METAL FOR CHARITY

DIBBSBARKER has used pedal power to raise close to $40,000 for cancer research. The law firm participated in the Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer, marking the fifth consecutive year that the firm has been involved in the annual Brisbane fundraiser in support of cancer research at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Collecti...

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CHANGING FACE OF JOBS MARKET FOR LAWYERS

CHANGING FACE OF JOBS MARKET FOR LAWYERS

DESPITE signs of a shake-up in the national job market for lawyers, legal recruitment expert Alex Correa believes the tide may not be turning so radically for Brisbane-based job seekers. The latest Hays Legal Quarterly Report indicates that top-tier firms are downsizing, partners are on the move and the contract work sector is in an upwar...

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MEETING OF THE MINDS AT BOND A LANDMARK SUCCESS

MEETING OF THE MINDS AT BOND A LANDMARK SUCCESS

DR DANIELLE Ireland-Piper (pictured center) believes great legal revelations begin not in secluded practice, but within an open environment of discussion and shared ideas. As co-convenors of the Transnational International and Comparative Law and Policy (TICLP) Network, Associate Professors Dr Ireland-Piper and Leon Wolff sought to give c...

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CEO PRESENTS FIVE-YEAR LEGAL FORECAST

CEO PRESENTS FIVE-YEAR LEGAL FORECAST

KEN Jagger knows the look of the legal landscape. In a series of presentations to his senior in-house lawyers at AdventBalance, the CEO outlined a number of emerging trends and what they might mean for firms and counsel teams in the lead up to 2020.   Findings from current industry reports include a decline in partner numbers and...

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QUEENSLAND LAWYER ON TWO SIDES OF A DOUBLE EDGED BILL

QUEENSLAND LAWYER ON TWO SIDES OF A DOUBLE EDGED BILL

A NEW Bill currently before the senate may have the power to dramatically alter petroleum sourcing and coal mining practices to both excellent and unfavourable ends, according to one specialist at Creevey Russell Lawyers. Laura Hogarth (pictured), solicitor and advisor to the firm's clients in Queensland, spoke to the recent Senate En...

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GOVERNOR OPENS WORLD CLASS FACILITY AT GRIFFITH

GOVERNOR OPENS WORLD CLASS FACILITY AT GRIFFITH

GRIFFITH University has launched its new Criminology Institute (GCI) at a recent ceremony attended by members of the general public and special guests including the Queensland Governor. Having now officially opened the doors, the Honourable Paul de Jersey (pictured right) says the new building is a facility expected to rival the world'...

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