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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KIRBY HEADS THE ANIMAL WELFARE DEBATE

KIRBY HEADS THE ANIMAL WELFARE DEBATE

FORMER High Court Justice the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG (pictured) returned to Bond University to adjudicate The Great Animal Welfare Debate, hosted by the Bond Animal Welfare League (BAWL) and Law Student’s Association (LSA) alongside the Law Faculty. The annual event sponsored by McLaughlins Lawyers drew an impressive crowd of spe...

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CARTER NEWELL UPHOLDING INDEPENDENCE FOR A QUARTER CENTURY

CARTER NEWELL UPHOLDING INDEPENDENCE FOR A QUARTER CENTURY

WHERE independent firms have at times been front and centre of mergers and acquisitions, Carter Newell Lawyers have been independent for a quarter-century as one of Brisbane’s principal specialist firms. Following 25 years of practice, the promotion of more than 10 devoted partners, reception of numerous industry awards and employme...

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BRISBANE'S NEW AUTHORITY ON CRIME, CORRUPTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS

BRISBANE'S NEW AUTHORITY ON CRIME, CORRUPTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS

A BRISBANE academic is calling for an international debate on the relationship between political corruption and human rights, with a focus on how countries treat the ‘bad guys’ from allegedly corrupt and oppressive former regimes. University of Queensland professor Dr Radha Ivory (pictured) launched her book, ‘Corruption...

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FORMER QLS PRESIDENT WINS PRESTIGIOUS LEADERSHIP AWARD

FORMER QLS PRESIDENT WINS PRESTIGIOUS LEADERSHIP AWARD

FORMER president of the Queensland Law Society (QLS) Annette Bradfield (pictured left) has won the first Award for Excellence in Leadership presented by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ). WLAQ president Kelly McIntyre (pictured right) says Bradfield is a highly deserving recipient of the newly created award which has been...

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SLATER AND GORDON ACQUIRES PERSONAL INJURY FIRM

SLATER AND GORDON ACQUIRES PERSONAL INJURY FIRM

INTERNATIONAL firm Slater and Gordon have announced their acquisition of Victorian and South Australian based personal injury specialists Nowicki Carbone. Slater and Gordon Personal Injury general manager Janine Gregory says the newly combined team will be a particular force in the realm of personal injury law, as both firms have outstand...

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BRAVEHEARTS ATTRACTS LEGAL DOYEN

BRAVEHEARTS ATTRACTS LEGAL DOYEN

HIS Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, has joined national child protection advocate Bravehearts as Patron-in-Chief.

Mr de Jersey will support the organisation by attending functions and promoting the work Bravehearts does in the community to educate, empower and protect children from sexual assault.

Brave...

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UQ MOOTERS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

UQ MOOTERS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

STUDENTS from the University of Queensland have won the Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition for the fourth time in seven years. This achievement also marks the fourth major mooting title this year to be taken out by law students at UQ. The team consisted of Nathan Lindsay (pictured center) and Eloise Gluer (pi...

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'HAPPY FAMILY LAWYER' TAKES FAMILY LAW REIGNS

'HAPPY FAMILY LAWYER' TAKES FAMILY LAW REIGNS

THE Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland (FLPA) has ushered in new president Clarissa Rayward.

The director of Brisbane Family Law Centre and passionate advocate for collaborative law will take over from Trent Waller.

Fiona Caulley, a senior associate with Phillips Family Law, has become FLPA’s new vice president.

&l...

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KEMP STRANG OPENS

KEMP STRANG OPENS

KEMP Strang opened its doors in Brisbane today. Headed by partners Glen Williams and Paul Wong, formerly at Kemp Strang’s previously held Brisbane affiliate firm Thynne & Macartney, the firm will focus on banking and finance, dispute resolution and insolvency, and corporate advisory. Kemp Strang managing partner Michael Joseph say...

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CLYDE & CO LAUNCHES IN BRISBANE

CLYDE & CO LAUNCHES IN BRISBANE

CLYDE & Co has opened its fourth Australian office right in the heart of Brisbane.

A team of three partners from Sparke Helmore – Matthew Pokarier, Jacinta Long and Maxine Tills – opened the doors earlier today and there are plans to hire a further 20 lawyers in Brisbane this year.

The team will focus on all classes of insu...

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SHINE ADDS TO ITS CABINET

SHINE ADDS TO ITS CABINET

SHINE Corporate Limited (ASX: SHJ) will acquire Sciaccas Lawyers, a personal injury practice, and Sciaccas Family Lawyers.

The initial consideration of the deal will be $8.75 million with deferred consideration subject to earn-outs linked to ongoing and increased financial performance of the acquired entities.

Sciaccas founder Con Sciacca,...

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