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The sultan, his family and a $22b Malaysia oil dispute

The heirs to the last ruler of Sulu have seized state-owned energy assets in a lawsuit that dates back to colonial times.

  • Oliver Telling and Leo Lewis

Yesterday

Briannah

Disability network helps 2000 students find employment

Briannah Milne secured an internship at a law firm via a program that connects employers to students with disabilities.

  • Michael Pelly

This Month

Herbert Smith Freehills partner profit tops $2m

The global law firm has reported a 6 per cent rise in revenue for 2021-2022 and pushed average partner profit above $2 million.

  • Michael Pelly
Senior educators say the early offers schemes should be more transparent.

Law firms hire a record number of graduates

Some firms have doubled their graduate intakes to boost the talent pipeline and guard against the high attrition rate among junior lawyers.

  • Michael Pelly and Hannah Wootton

Are some law firms overshooting on diversity?

The future of gender diversity is among seven takeaways from the latest AFR Law Partnership Survey.

  • Joel Barolsky
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Taxation cuts are not always the answer

ATO may break law by pressing big four on privilege claims: barrister

The warning follows a long legal battle between the ATO and PwC over controversial legal professional privilege claims.

  • Hannah Wootton
KWM

When a woman says ‘I don’t want a partnership’ start asking questions

King & Wood Mallesons boss Renae Lattey still believes in gender targets, even though her firm missed one for 2022.

  • Michael Pelly
Former Matilda Moya Dodd.

Former Matilda offers soccer lesson for the legal industry

Lawyer and soccer player Moya Dodd thinks a funding rule in the US should be “put to work in the Australian legal landscape”.

  • Michael Pelly
The ratio of women partners has risen to 32.1 per cent, but it’s a slow march to partnerships parity.

Female lawyers to wait another decade for partner equality

The ratio of female partners has risen to 32.1 per cent, but it’s a slow march to partnerships parity.

  • Michael Pelly
Leanne Walker at the family brewery and taproom, Sunday Road

How a brewery helped this corporate lawyer craft a ‘balanced’ life

A project started in the garage with about 100 trial brews has grown as the children grow - and is now an award winner.

  • Michael Pelly

June

Tess Birch

This lawyer moonlights as a stand-up comedian

Tess Birch is a planning and environment lawyer at Ashurst and an emerging comedian who does about three gigs a week.

  • Michael Pelly
Inflation risk: Thomson Geer CEO Adrian Tembel.

‘Sophisticated’ young lawyers back on partnership track

Leading law firms have promoted a record number of young lawyers and say the current crop could have a shorter wait to be ‘made up’ as a partner.

  • Michael Pelly
Amber Matthews says the pandemic has caused a “seismic shift” in lawyers’ priorities.

‘Primed for growth’: law firm leaders tip areas to watch

Law firms expect labour market reform and insolvency to be growth areas over the next year.

  • Michael Pelly
HWL Ebsworth managing partner Juan Martinez.

Hiring spree at Big 8 of the legal industry

The surge in demand for legal services has spurred Australia’s top law firms to go on a hiring spree in 2022

  • Michael Pelly
Saranpaal Calais is a partner at Allen & Overy.

Law firms promote, poach to grow partner numbers

A selected list of the new partners appointed at the nation’s largest law firms in the first half of 2022.

  • Edmund Tadros
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Cross-pollination: Edison Ponari and Edward Smith, lawyers at Lander & Rogers and part-time beekeepers.

Beekeeping lawyers marvel at hive teamwork

For three registered beekeepers at law firm Lander & Rogers, dressing up is only part of the fun. It’s watching the bees at work that is the real entertainment.

  • Michael Pelly
Hall & Wilcox’s Tony Macvean: “I think one thing we have done really well is hire carefully.”

Partner boom as top law firms play ‘catch-up’

Almost 300 lawyers will join the partnership ranks of Australia’s biggest firms this July to regain lost ground after the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Michael Pelly
An abortion rights protester outside the US Supreme Court on Saturday.

Why Australia won’t have a Roe v Wade moment

Judges in Australia generally think that the country is blessed not to have a bill of rights in the style of America.

  • Michael Pelly
Helen Haines

Crossbench cuts could delay ICAC bill: Haines

Independent MP Helen Haines has warned that proposed staffing cuts for crossbenchers could delay the establishment of a federal anti-corruption commission

  • Michael Pelly
ATO deputy commissioner Rebecca Saint.

Tax Office protocol targets ‘reckless’ privilege claims

The ATO has released a new guide to identifying communications covered by confidentiality rules, after a series of controversial cases

  • Tom McIlroy