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High Court frowns on judge’s private chats with counsel
Legal Ethics 2021-10-06 4:51 pm By Bianca Hrovat

Trial judges should not communicate with barristers outside of court, the High Court has ruled in a “troubling” case of apprehended bias that saw a […]

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Lawyer who allegedly doctored invoices, stole from client can’t stay suspension
Legal Ethics 2021-10-06 9:09 pm By Cindy Cameronne

A Sydney solicitor accused of stealing over $130,000 from a client and doctoring five invoices has lost a bid to pause the NSW Law Society’s […]

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8 tips from top silks for nailing virtual cross-examination
Feature 2021-10-05 9:27 pm By Miklos Bolza

After more than a year-and-a-half of virtual trials, Australia’s barristers have adapted and come up with the best techniques to maintain an edge when cross-examining […]

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Slater & Gordon faces negligence suit by Manus Island security worker
Professional Negligence 2021-09-30 2:23 pm By Miklos Bolza

Slater & Gordon has been hit with a lawsuit filed by a former client who alleges the plaintiffs law firm’s conduct prevented him from suing […]

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‘The writing seems to be on the wall’: Law firms actively considering no jab, no office policies
Business of Law 2021-09-29 10:03 pm By Bianca Hrovat

As Australia’s largest cities prepare to emerge from lockdown, law firms are doubling down on their efforts to vaccinate staff, with some going so far […]

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Sparke Helmore’s security demand in $1M negligence case ‘excessive’, court told
Business of Law 2021-09-28 4:45 pm By Miklos Bolza

A property developer suing law firm Sparke Helmore in a $1 million negligence suit has resisted a bid for $215,000 in security for costs made […]

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Federal Circuit Court ‘dealing’ with judge faulted for ‘disordered stream of consciousness’
Courts 2021-09-24 4:13 pm By Christine Caulfield

The Federal Circuit Court is addressing concerns raised by numerous appellate judges with rulings by a judge on the bench that have been variously labelled […]

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Peak legal body says ATO privilege protocol burdens lawyers
Tax 2021-09-23 6:34 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The Law Council of Australia has raised concerns about the Australia Taxation Office’s draft protocol for handling claims of legal professional privilege, saying it “overreaches” […]

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NSW Bar says former barrister keeps practising, in criminal breach of injunction
Business of Law 2021-09-22 2:19 pm By Bianca Hrovat

A former barrister has continued to practice in local courts without a valid practising certificate, in “very serious” criminal contempt of a court-ordered injunction, the […]

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Judge denies law firm’s bid for indemnity costs, says $2.7M case not ‘hopeless’
Business of Law 2021-09-22 5:10 pm By Bianca Hrovat

A Melbourne law firm has lost its bid for indemnity costs after it failed to convince a judge that its settlement offer to a former […]

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