PUTTING A STOP TO TRADE MARK TROLLS

PUTTING A STOP TO TRADE MARK TROLLS

TRAGEDIES such as the disappearance of the MH370 Malaysian Airlines flight, the 2014 Paris terror attacks and the MH17 plane crash which killed 298 passengers and crew on board are being turned into money makers by 'trade mark trolls'.  This involves people grabbing contentious issues from the news and creating internet domai...

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FROM ENGINEERING TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

FROM ENGINEERING TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

NICOLE Murdoch started her career in electrical engineering and worked for 10 years in information technology before she found her true calling. She undertook a Juris Doctor at Bond University and, after graduating in 2007, worked for nine months with Minter Ellison before training to become a patent and trademark attorney at Cullens Pate...

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ONE YEAR ON, ARE WE ANY SAFER?

ONE YEAR ON, ARE WE ANY SAFER?

AUSTRALIA'S privacy laws turned one this week but the technology we use the most is still governed by a law from its dark ages.

There is now an audience backing calls by a former United States Homeland Security Department secretary for a major overhaul of rules on internet jurisdiction.

Bond University Law professor Dan Svantesson and ...

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CREEVEY RUSSELL LAUNCHES TOOWOOMBA SISTER COMPANY

CREEVEY RUSSELL LAUNCHES TOOWOOMBA SISTER COMPANY

QUEENSLAND law firm Creevey Russell Lawyers is launching a sister company in Toowoomba called CR Lawyers. Perry Russell (right), a principal of Creevey Russell, will head up the new firm and its services in conveyancing, wills and estate planning, criminal law, family law, and leases. Russell says the new sister company is a "win...

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AND THE AWARD GOES TO...

AND THE AWARD GOES TO...

CARTER Newell Lawyers has won the 2015 Queensland Law Society Equity and Diversity Awards - Large Legal Practice Award. The award recognises firms that embrace the changing nature of the legal profession by promoting positive firm culture through policies addressing diversity, equity, equal opportunity and flexible work practices. Car...

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RECENT APPOINTMENTS

RECENT APPOINTMENTS

FORMER investigator for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Juanita Rayson, has joined DibbsBarker law firm as a partner.

With more than 20 years' experience in the Brisbane market, she joins the firm from Corrs Chambers Westgrath where she spent over 10 years, including a brief stint as General Counsel of BrisConne...

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WHERE IT WENT WRONG FOR THE LNP

WHERE IT WENT WRONG FOR THE LNP

THE Queensland state president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has described the LNP as arrogant and power hungry two traits that contributed to its historical election defeat. Michelle James (pictured left), speaking at the ALA's Queensland State Conference, says the "slashing of rights" at the hands of the LNP lef...

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LOST THE BATTLE, BUT WON THE WAR

LOST THE BATTLE, BUT WON THE WAR

THE legal team that fought for the freedom of baby Ferouz and his asylum seeking family has been awarded the 2015 Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) Queensland Civil Justice Award.  The pro-bono case which involved the Myuddin family, who had been involved in a lengthy legal battle with the federal government, argued that son Ferouz d...

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BROCKOVICH: 'YOU DON'T NEED A DEGREE TO BE HUMAN'

BROCKOVICH: 'YOU DON'T NEED A DEGREE TO BE HUMAN'

HIGH flying legal crusader Erin Brockovich is touring Down Under with one strong message: "it is when all of us come together that we can actually begin to effect change." The environmental activist, who is known for her relentless pursuit of justice for those who have been wronged, is encouraging all Australians to come togethe...

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LITTLE HOPE FOR BALI NINE DRUG DUO

LITTLE HOPE FOR BALI NINE DRUG DUO

A BRISBANE lawyer involved in the Bali Nine drug case says there is now little prospect that the lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be spared, and he has put the blame squarely on the "unauthorised actions" of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Robert Myers, who has been working for almost a decade to redress the &...

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BRISBANE LEGAL LEADERS COMMENT ON THE YEAR AHEAD

BRISBANE LEGAL LEADERS COMMENT ON THE YEAR AHEAD

LEADERS from Brisbane law firms have put a mixed 2014 behind them to embrace a new year of opportunity.

Holding Redlich partner Troy Lewis described the prevailing sentiment perfectly, when he said he was "cautiously optimistic" about the year ahead.

Across the board, there is a view that the way legal services are being d...

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SLATER AND GORDON REPORTS $33.7 MILLION HALF-YEAR PROFIT

SLATER AND GORDON REPORTS $33.7 MILLION HALF-YEAR PROFIT

MELBOURNE-BASED law firm Slater and Gordon (ASX: SGH) has reported a net profit after tax of $33.7 million for the six months ending December 31, 2014, despite difficulties surrounding its Queensland operations. The company predicts total revenue for 2014-15 to exceed $500 million, up at least 20 per cent from the $420 million reported la...

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MCBRATNEY RECOGNISED IN WORLD TRADEMARK REVIEW

MCBRATNEY RECOGNISED IN WORLD TRADEMARK REVIEW

THE head of Brisbane independent law firm McCullough Robertson's Technology Media and Telecommunications Group Malcolm McBratney has been recognised as one of the world's leading trademark lawyers. McBratney was one of only 74 lawyers (excluding barristers) in Australia and one of only two lawyers (excluding barristers) based in Q...

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UP-AND-COMER TACKLES NEW ROLE

UP-AND-COMER TACKLES NEW ROLE

UNIVERSITY of Queensland Alumna Ailsa McKeon has taken up the position of Associate to the Honourable Justice Roslyn G Atkinson AO of the Supreme Court of Queensland, after graduating from UQ's TC Beirne School of Law with first class honours. McKeon, who completed a dual bachelor of laws/arts, majoring in Spanish and peace and conflic...

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BALI NINE: 'OUR ULTIMATE HOPE FOR MERCY'

BALI NINE: 'OUR ULTIMATE HOPE FOR MERCY'

THE Australian Bar Association (ABA) today strongly restated its opposition to the death penalty in any jurisdiction, calling for mercy for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran as reports of an imminent execution date grow. "We respect the Indonesian Court's ruling, and deeply regret to hear reports this morning that an application f...

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QLD TO ATTRACT MORE CHINESE LAW STUDENTS

QLD TO ATTRACT MORE CHINESE LAW STUDENTS

MORE Chinese students are set to undertake postgraduate law programs in Queensland following the partnership of Bond University and one of China's specialist economics and law institutions. The five year agreement with Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL), located in China's Wuhan Province, has officially been signed. ...

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ELEVEN ELEVATIONS AT CARTER NEWELL

ELEVEN ELEVATIONS AT CARTER NEWELL

CARTER Newell Lawyers kicks off 2015 with eleven elevations across their Brisbane and Sydney offices. Carter Newell is pleased to welcome Luke Preston (Construction & Engineering) and Michael Bath (Insurance and Construction & Engineering) to the partnership. Preston, who will be based in Brisbane, has more than 21 years' ...

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MCINNES WILSON RE-STRUCTURES TO MEET DEMAND

MCINNES WILSON RE-STRUCTURES TO MEET DEMAND

MCINNES Wilson Lawyers (MWL) has appointed two new Principals to its senior leadership team, to meet demand of its clients. Ciaran Houston (pictured left) has been appointed Principal of Planning and Environment while Pierce Carstensen (pictured right) appointed Principal of the firm's new Family Law practice. "We see the app...

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HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS APPOINTS ASIA-FACING M&A PARTNER

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS APPOINTS ASIA-FACING M&A PARTNER

IAN Williams has been welcomed as a new partner to the Herbert Smith Freehills Brisbane corporate team.

Williams has specialised in M&A for more than 20 years, as well as joint ventures in the energy, resources, infrastructure and industrial sectors.

His experience includes advising a range of Asia-based clients.

He also holds a num...

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TRESSCOX RAISES INTERNATIONAL PROFILE

TRESSCOX RAISES INTERNATIONAL PROFILE

TRESSCOX Lawyers has ushered in a new partner to its Brisbane corporate and commercial team.

Simon Harrison has extensive experience in Australia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom, working across corporate, commercial and government.

He has worked on client advisory for issues involving agribusiness and food and water security, clean...

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HOPGOODGANIM BOOSTS SENIOR RANKS

HOPGOODGANIM BOOSTS SENIOR RANKS

HOPGOODGANIM Brisbane has kicked off 2015 with a boost to its senior ranks, consisting of two promotions. Brooke Jacobs has risen to Special Counsel in the Brisbane office. Jacobs is one of the senior members of the firm's Insurance and Risk team in Brisbane.

Justin McInally has been appointed to Senior Associate. McInally is a n...

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FIVE MINUTES WITH...

FIVE MINUTES WITH...

Claire Creevey - Principal of Creevey Russell Lawyers

For how long have you worked in the legal profession? 25 years.

Where did you grow up? Brisbane with holidays in the later years on the family properties at Injune and Taroom.

What do you believe your colleagues think of you on a professional basis? I would like to think tha...

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QUINN & SCATTINI NEW PRACTICE AREA

QUINN & SCATTINI NEW PRACTICE AREA

QUINN & Scattini has announced in addition to offering corporate clients specialist services in civil litigation, business and criminal law, it has launched a dedicated Corporate & White Collar Crime section to its practice for businesses and executives.   New staff Amanda Skene started with Quinn & Scattini in Novemb...

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CHARITIES FACE CLOSURE

CHARITIES FACE CLOSURE

A BRISBANE estate litigation lawyer says hundreds of charities and social service providers across Australia face the prospect of closing due to Federal Government cuts.

Highlighting recent media reports on the matter, indicating charities may be left fighting in the courts to keep will bequests in contested will cases, Charlie Young (picture...

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FOR THE LAWYER ON THE GO

FOR THE LAWYER ON THE GO

MCINNES Wilson Lawyers have launched a new service that will put legal services on speed dial.

lexvoco has been launched with a goal of alleviating pressure encountered by general counsel and law firm partners.

Corporate and commercial lawyer Anthony Wright (pictured), who is the founder of lexvoco, says the service ticks all the boxes for...

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PRODUCTIVITY IN PRACTICE

PRODUCTIVITY IN PRACTICE

GLOBALX Legal Solutions has teamed up with Red Rain to develop a software solution to improve productivity for lawyers and conveyancers. The Brisbane-based company will extend the functionality of its software, Open Practice, collaborating with Red Rain enhance mobility. Open Practice Mobile will build on the management software, by a...

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SHARP, SMART NEW YEAR START FOR BARRY.NILSSON.

SHARP, SMART NEW YEAR START FOR BARRY.NILSSON.

BARRY.NILSSON. Lawyers has ushered in two internal promotions, Amanda Cann and Hannah Savins, to senior associate in its insurance and health practice.

Cann commenced with the firm in 2007 and has since developed strong working relationships, as well as analytical and communication skills while working with the firm's insurance clients.
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MCKAYS LENDS A HAND

MCKAYS LENDS A HAND

MCKAYS Solicitors is foregoing corporate Christmas gifts this year and instead making a $10,000 donation to Cancer Council Queensland.

The donation will go towards Ellis Lodge in Brisbane, which provides free accommodation for regional patients undergoing cancer treatment not requiring nursing care or assistance in Brisbane.

This is...

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TEMPORARY LAWYERS 'ORBITING' IN BRISBANE

TEMPORARY LAWYERS 'ORBITING' IN BRISBANE

CORRS Chambers Westgrath (CCW) has launched a new legal resourcing business, offering part-time and flexible services to its clients. Orbit is set to commence delivery of its offerings in 2015 and will provide temporary lawyers to facilitate the management of legal matters such as secondments and urgent projects and can fill a temporary g...

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LAWYERS SLEEP ROUGH

LAWYERS SLEEP ROUGH

ONE Brisbane law firm has joined the campaign to end youth homelessness in Queensland by participating in the annual PropertyBlitz Street Sleep event. Lawyers from Cooper Grace Ward - Camille Tewari, Gabrielle Honey, Sarah Dewar and Miranda Bird - slept on a sheet of cardboard to experience the reality facing an estimated 26,000 children ...

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