MCINNES WILSON BUILDING A BIG NAME FOR ITSELF

MCINNES WILSON BUILDING A BIG NAME FOR ITSELF

IT has only been operating for the past two years but already McInnes Wilson's construction team is building a big name for itself, with Doyles dubbing it a leading team in construction litigation, adjudication and dispute resolution. Doyles, which rates and recommends law firms based on telephone and face to face interviews with clie...

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GOVERNMENT FINALLY RIGHTING OLD WRONGS, ACCORDING TO BRISBANE LAWYERS

GOVERNMENT FINALLY RIGHTING OLD WRONGS, ACCORDING TO BRISBANE LAWYERS

CAMPBELL Newman 'fixed' a compensation scheme that wasn't broken to begin with, causing hundreds of Australians to suffer without reparation for workplace injuries, according to Brisbane's Bennett & Philp Lawyers. Mark O'Connor, an expert in the field of injury compensation and Director of Bennett & Philp, says...

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ALAN MACSPORRAN TO HEAD CRIME AND CORRUPTION COMMISSION

ALAN MACSPORRAN TO HEAD CRIME AND CORRUPTION COMMISSION

ALAN MacSporran QC has been appointed the new chair of the Crime and Corruption Commission. Annastacia Palaszczuk says MacSporran was an excellent and solid choice who was selected after an extensive recruitment process by the government. "This is the best person for the job," she says. "The CCC chair needs to be hi...

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HAYS SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON MAJOR SHIFTS IN THE LEGAL JOB MARKET

HAYS SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON MAJOR SHIFTS IN THE LEGAL JOB MARKET

ALL SIGNS point to change within the legal job market, according to experts at Hays Specialist Recruitment. Main findings from the Hays Legal Quarterly Report indicate that top-tier firms are downsizing, partners are on the move and the contract work sector is in an upward growth spike, creating new grounds for those looking to leverage t...

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MULLINS LEAVES BEHIND A 35 YEAR LEGACY

MULLINS LEAVES BEHIND A 35 YEAR LEGACY

JOHN Mullins is set to stand down as managing partner of Mullins Lawyers, saying the change of leadership with new ideas, new energy and new purpose can only be a good thing for the law firm.  Mullins (pictured left) will step down from the role at the end of the month and talks to Brisbane Legal about some of the highlights and chal...

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MCMAHON CLARKE SETS UP SHOP IN MELBOURNE

MCMAHON CLARKE SETS UP SHOP IN MELBOURNE

McMahon Clarke, a law firm that has forged a solid reputation in the financial services space, celebrates 20 years in business this year with a strategic expansion into Melbourne. It is the firm's first office outside of Brisbane and, according to partner Brendan Ivers (pictured),the move is a "natural fit" with as much as 8...

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FIVE MINUTES WITH... SPORTS LAWYER TIM FULLER

FIVE MINUTES WITH... SPORTS LAWYER TIM FULLER

FROM a professional footy player to a leading sports lawyer, Tim Fuller is proving that experience really pays off in the court room.   The McInnes Wilson lawyer says the specialised nature of professional sport should not be underestimated and his knowledge and understanding which stems from years on the field helps deliver tangible...

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FAMILY LAWYER LAUNCHES NEW BOOK: SPLITSVILLE

FAMILY LAWYER LAUNCHES NEW BOOK: SPLITSVILLE

AFTER 14 years practising as a family lawyer, Clarissa Rayward has seen firsthand the impact of separation and divorce on more than 2000 Australian couples. The director of the Brisbane Family Law Centre says this experience has helped her to realise that the most successful divorces are those where separating couples work together to pla...

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FIVE MINUTES WITH... JONATHAN MAMARIL

FIVE MINUTES WITH... JONATHAN MAMARIL

EMPLOYMENT and commercial lawyer Jonathan Mamaril is principal and director of NB Lawyers, specialising in the dynamic space of enterprise agreements, collective bargaining and interpretation of Modern Awards.

He has been a long champion of unfair dismissal cases from the conciliation stage right through to dealing with the Fair Work Commissi...

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BRISBANE LAWYERS RAISE MORE THAN $250,000 FOR CANCER RESEARCH

BRISBANE LAWYERS RAISE MORE THAN $250,000 FOR CANCER RESEARCH

STAFF from Brisbane law firm DibbsBarker will be back on their bikes to fundraise for cancer research at the Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer (RTCC) held over the weekend of August 15-16. 2015 marks the fifth time DibbsBarker have participated in the renowned charity event, having raised a grand total of more than $250,000 for the QIMR Be...

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COURTS FAILING TO DEAL WITH LGBTI DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

COURTS FAILING TO DEAL WITH LGBTI DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

IT'S being described as a silent epidemic. The AIDS Council of New South Wales has released reports which indicate one in three lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) couples will experience the effects of domestic violence at some point in their lives. Local lawyers are voicing fears that there are no support me...

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THE WORLD REDEFINES MARRIAGE, NOW IT'S AUSTRALIA'S TURN

THE WORLD REDEFINES MARRIAGE, NOW IT'S AUSTRALIA'S TURN

IT'S BEEN less than two weeks since the USA made the historic legal decision to embrace marriage equality across all states, and just over a month since Ireland became the first country in the world to say yes to same sex marriage by popular vote. In that time the pressure has continued to build within Australia to do the same, not vi...

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BOND TO HOST LANDMARK LEGAL CONFERENCE

BOND TO HOST LANDMARK LEGAL CONFERENCE

A DEDICATED network of experts based at Bond University has announced the inaugural interdisciplinary conference on 'Global Order and Disorder' will commence on August 7, where the current state of worldwide governance will be reviewed. The Transnational, International and Comparative Law and Policy (TICLP) Network, co-convened by...

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SHAND TAYLOR LAWYERS ON THE MOVE

SHAND TAYLOR LAWYERS ON THE MOVE

SHAND Taylor Lawyers, an institution in the city's corporate scene, has moved from its Adelaide Street offices to greener pastures.

The firm, which started from Waterfront Place in Eagle Street 17 years ago, has waved goodbye to its home for eight years and moved on to the James Street precinct in Fortitude Valley.

The offices stretch ...

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KING & WOOD MALLESONS TEAM STEERS ASX LISTING

KING & WOOD MALLESONS TEAM STEERS ASX LISTING

KING & Wood Mallesons Brisbane has acted for GARDA Capital Limited on its IPO and ASX listing.

The responsible entity for the GARDA Diversified Property Fund (ASX: GDF) commenced public trading early July and now has a market capitalisation of $96.72 million.

The fund offers investors a diversified portfolio of six commercial propertie...

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CHIEF JUSTICE STANDS DOWN

CHIEF JUSTICE STANDS DOWN

CHIEF Justice Tim Carmody has officially tendered his resignation with the Attorney General's Office announcing it as a "dignified end to the controversy." The resignation follows ongoing tensions with senior members of the judiciary and comes more than a month after he announced he would leave office if it was in the best i...

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THE FIGHT AGAINST 'UNFAIR' FEDERAL WORKERS' COMPENSATION BILL

THE FIGHT AGAINST 'UNFAIR' FEDERAL WORKERS' COMPENSATION BILL

THE Australian Lawyers Allinace (ALA), Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) and the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) have joined forces in fighting proposed amendments to the federal workers' compensation scheme, stating the changes are a 'retrograde step for Queensland' that will result in higher an...

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LAWYERS URGE FOR ESTATE PROTECTION AGAINST DEMENTIA

LAWYERS URGE FOR ESTATE PROTECTION AGAINST DEMENTIA

IN LIGHT of recent mental health findings, Brisbane litigation lawyers are advising families to keep a close eye on their own affairs, and the affairs of those dear to them.
Reports have indicated dementia to be a disease on the rise, with the number of total sufferers in Australia expected to reach 900,000 from the current 340,000 wit...

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LAWYER CELEBRATED AT 2015 PHILANTHROPY AWARDS

LAWYER CELEBRATED AT 2015 PHILANTHROPY AWARDS

A LAWYER from Coorparoo, a student from St Margaret's Anglican College, a senior vice president from Morgans Financial and Brisbane Airport Corporation were honoured at the Queensland Community Foundation's (QCF) 2015 Philanthropy Week Awards. The awards were presented by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Communities w...

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CREEVEY RUSSELL ON THE MOVE

CREEVEY RUSSELL ON THE MOVE

CREEVEY Russell Lawyers has snapped up a half floor tenancy in the heart of the Brisbane CBD financial precinct to accommodate its growing business. The full service law firm has relocated from premises in Adelaide Street in the city to the 24th floor of a prestige office tower at 300 Queen Street, adjacent to Post Office Square. Cree...

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QLS APPOINTS NEW CEO

QLS APPOINTS NEW CEO

THE Queensland Law Society (QLS) has appointed Amelia Hodge as its new CEO, following the departure of Noela L'Estrange on June 30. Hodge will step into her new role at the incorporated society on July 20, bringing more than 25 years of legal and governance experience. QLS president Michael Fitzgerald says Hodge will contribute a ...

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CELEBRATING A CENTURY IN BUSINESS

CELEBRATING A CENTURY IN BUSINESS

IT'S a law firm that has operated through two world wars and a Depression, and survived. This year, Brisbane-based Delaney and Delaney continues to beat the odds as it celebrates 100 years in operation. Founded in 1915 by William George Delaney, the firm has grown from a small office in Ipswich to a business employing seven solici...

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SALARY INCREASES FOR LAWYERS UNLIKELY

SALARY INCREASES FOR LAWYERS UNLIKELY

CONTRACT and permanent legal jobs will increase in the year ahead, but Hays Legal warns professionals not to expect big salary increases during this period. According to the 2015 Hays Salary Guide, 22 per cent of legal professionals can expect a salary increase of three per cent or more in their next review. However the vast majority (65 ...

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ETHICS CENTRE LEVELS NO BLAME IN CARMODY AFFAIR

ETHICS CENTRE LEVELS NO BLAME IN CARMODY AFFAIR

AN ethics expert says criticism should not be laid upon those embroiled in the Queensland Supreme Court controversy and believes all involved are acting for the sake of maintaining and enhancing confidence in the judiciary. Looking from the outside in, St James Ethics Centre's executive director Doctor Simon Longstaff (pictured below)...

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WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FIELD, NO LONGER STAYS ON THE FIELD

WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FIELD, NO LONGER STAYS ON THE FIELD

ALTHOUGH it is generally accepted that sporting players assume the risk of injury when they compete, it is evident that more athletes are apportioning blame and seeking opportunity for harms inflicted on the field. Brisbane sport lawyer and former NRL player Tim Fuller (pictured below) says it is no longer the view that athletes should ac...

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SLATER AND GORDON FINALISE $1.23B DEAL

SLATER AND GORDON FINALISE $1.23B DEAL

SLATER and Gordon Limited (ASX:SGH) has finalised its $1.23 billion acquisition of UK legal technology company Quindell. The firm signalled its intention to purchase the company's Professional Services Division (PSD) in March, and was given the green light by British regulators last month. Slater and Gordon managing director Andre...

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JUGGLING LAW WITH MOTHERHOOD AND GIVING BACK

JUGGLING LAW WITH MOTHERHOOD AND GIVING BACK

JENNIFER Hetherington has worked as a lawyer for close to 20 years and one of the difficulties has been balancing her demanding career with motherhood and her passion-fuelled work in the community. However the founder and principal of Hetherington Lawyers has mastered the juggling act, dividing her time between running a successful practi...

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CLAYTON UTZ LAUNCHES APP TO KEEP COMPANIES SAFE

CLAYTON UTZ LAUNCHES APP TO KEEP COMPANIES SAFE

CLAYTON Utz aims to provide a sense of comfort to those dealing with serious safety and environment accidents with the launch of a new interactive app. The CU SAFE (Serious Accident, Fatality and Environmental) Incident Response app provides users with a step-by-step guide on what to do in the event of a serious accident or incident by pa...

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A CALL FOR ALL LEGAL INNOVATORS

A CALL FOR ALL LEGAL INNOVATORS

AUSTRALIA'S leading legal innovators are being encouraged to enter The 2015 ALPMA/InfoTrack Thought Leadership Awards and showcase the projects that are re-defining the way law firms and legal departments operate. Legal firms and in-house legal departments are invited to enter now (CLICK HERE) with any type of innovative project from a...

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ASX100 CHIEF LEGAL OFFICERS TO ADVOCATE FOR 'PRACTICABLE REFORMS'

ASX100 CHIEF LEGAL OFFICERS TO ADVOCATE FOR 'PRACTICABLE REFORMS'

THE Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) has launched the ACLA GC100, an independent, invitation-only forum for the most senior legal executives of Australia's largest companies to share knowledge, experience, and contribute an expert legal voice to national policy debate including reforms to company and business law. The A...

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