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Law firms must come clean when drafting expert reports
Legal Ethics 2022-07-04 10:33 pm By Sam Matthews

A judge’s recent ruling throwing out an expert report in a trade secrets case because the law firm briefing the expert had failed to disclose […]

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Banksia class action solicitor suspended from roll for two years
Legal Ethics 2022-06-24 9:59 am By Christine Caulfield

The solicitor found to have acted as a “postbox” to hide conflicts of interest in the class action over Banksia Securities’ collapse has been suspended […]

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ATO takes aim at ‘reckless’ legal professional privilege claims
Legal Ethics 2022-06-22 10:25 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

The Australian Taxation Office has finalised its protocol for dealing with claims of legal professional privilege, developed in response to large companies asserting “reckless” privilege […]

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Legal services board suspends law licence of wealth guru Grubisa
Legal Ethics 2022-06-22 3:54 pm By Sam Matthews

The Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner has suspended wealth guru Dominique Grubisa’s law licence, saying she is “not entitled to engage in legal practice […]

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Ban on lawyer’s practicing certificate can’t be retroactive, appeals court says
Legal Ethics 2022-05-26 5:20 pm By Cindy Cameronne

An appeals court has overturned a decision banning a lawyer from practice with retrospective effect and ordering her to pay $20,000 in legal costs, after […]

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Lawyer who refused to pay silk engaged in professional misconduct, tribunal finds
Legal Ethics 2022-05-24 5:32 pm By Sam Matthews

A lawyer who failed to pay $23,000 in fees to senior counsel and made a groundless complaint to the bar association to use as a […]

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Man suing judge for unlawful imprisonment blasts ‘hopeless’ defence
Trials 2022-05-24 8:13 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The state of Queensland has brought a “hopeless” defence in a $2.5 million suit alleging a Federal Circuit judge unlawfully imprisoned a Queensland man for […]

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Court accepts Ramsay Health in-house counsel ‘drowning in work’ during COVID-19
Legal Ethics 2022-05-11 9:00 pm By Sam Matthews

Ramsay Health Care Australia has been let off the hook for using emails subpoenaed in a defamation case between two feuding surgeons at one of […]

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WA lawyer fined $24,000, reprimanded for pursuing hopeless case
Business of Law 2022-04-26 9:01 pm By Cindy Cameronne

A Perth solicitor has been reprimanded and ordered to pay a $24,000 fine after a tribunal found he had engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct for […]

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Law firm’s cost dislosures inadequate to recoup two-thirds of judgment amount, court finds
Legal Ethics 2022-04-21 1:37 pm By Sam Matthews

A law firm that recouped two-thirds of a personal injury payout in excess of the statutory cap through a “potentially misleading” costs agreement will pay […]

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