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Class action pioneer from Maurice Blackburn will ‘strive for fair’ as new judge
Courts 2024-04-19 11:06 pm By Sam Matthews

As the head of Maurice Blackburn’s class actions group he helped win hundreds of millions of dollars for claimants and shaped the jurisprudence around the practice. As the Victorian Supreme Court’s newest judge, Andrew Watson has promised to keep up the fight for fair.

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Lawyer repping Reynolds in case against Higgins cops fine for professional misconduct
Legal Ethics 2024-04-18 11:16 pm By Cindy Cameronne

A prominent Perth lawyer acting for ex-defence minister Linda Reynolds in defamation cases against former staffer Brittany Higgins and her partner has been fined and reprimanded for two counts of professional misconduct in a separate matter.

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NSW court avoids mention of preferred pronouns in latest practice note
Courts 2024-04-18 10:58 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The NSW Supreme Court has issued a practice note on forms of address that fails to invite parties to inform the court of their preferred pronouns, unlike two other state courts, one of which came under fire from ‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling last year.

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Court’s openness in Lehrmann case shines light on what judges do, and that’s good for judges
Analysis 2024-04-17 11:40 pm By Cindy Cameronne

Judges experience extreme levels of stress and secondary trauma, exacerbated by public comment that is often ignorant of what the job entails. The transparent approach taken by the judge presiding over the Bruce Lehrmann case may help pave the way to alleviating some of that stress, but more needs to be done, experts say.

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K&L Gates picks up corporate partner from Johnson Winter Slattery
Business of Law 2024-04-17 12:59 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

K&L Gates continues to grow its corporate partnership, luring a private equity and M&A partner with international expertise from Johnson Winter Slattery.

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Solicitor accused of raising money for class action he never filed can’t dodge watchdog’s claims
Legal Ethics 2024-04-16 10:50 pm By Sam Matthews

A Sydney solicitor has lost his bid to summarily dismiss the legal watchdog’s case alleging he set up misleading crowdfunding pages seeking funding for class actions over government orders requiring mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as another class action that was never filed.

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ASIC chair calls on lawyers to be ‘bold’ with AI
Business of Law 2024-04-16 10:02 pm By Sam Matthews

ASIC chair Joe Longo has called on lawyers to be bold in their embrace of emerging technologies, saying lawyers “must be careful with generative AI but not afraid of it”. 

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Prominent Sydney barrister sexually harassed three women, tribunal finds
Legal Ethics 2024-04-15 11:05 pm By Sam Matthews

A tribunal has found prominent barrister Charles Waterstreet guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct for sexually harassing three women, but declined to find he was unfit to practice after accepting expert evidence that undiagnosed mental illness “was the dominant causal factor” behind his actions.

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High Court to weigh in on recovery of costs by self-repped law firms
Business of Law 2024-04-15 11:31 pm By Christine Caulfield

The High Court has agreed to hear a case with implications for law firms that represent themselves in litigation, granting an appeal application by media mogul Bruce Gordon, a former client of Sydney firm Atanaskovic Hartnell.

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Law firm will try to claim funder’s cut as damages in Murray Darling class action
Class Actions 2024-04-12 10:12 pm By Cindy Cameronne

A class action against the Murray Darling Basin Authority over alleged negligent water management is seeking to claim a funder’s commission as damages after a judge refused the first-ever such bid in a separate group proceeding. 

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