Some of the nation's leading law firms have boosted lawyer numbers by up to a third in the space of a year, as they take a bullish outlook on work. The overall increase across 50 firms surveyed by The Australian Financial Review was closer to 7 per cent, incorporating wildly varying shifts in a complex and crowded market where the biggest continue to shrink.
A Family Court judge has queried whether a "Sydney-based culture" is to blame for bitter and "highly aggressive" litigation in the city, which is resulting in "obscenely high legal costs". In a scathing judgment, Tasmanian-based Justice Robert Benjamin has referred two Sydney lawyers to a misconduct investigation after their warring clients racked up almost $900,000 in legal costs, warning they hold a higher duty than acting as mere "postmen" for venting clients.
Federal Court judge Michelle Gordon, whose controversial decision to brand ANZ Bank late payment fees an illegal penalty was over-ruled by a full Federal Court bench last week, will join the High Court on June 9. In a novel, historical first for the court, Justice Gordon will replace her husband Justice Kenneth Hayne when he hits the statutory retirement age of 70.
@a_flecknoe_b@MWhitbourn If a rival sect can create a Lawlord title, we would be even happier to write it up. (I marginally prefer Lawlord but pledge to remain impartial in reporting). What would juniors be, while you’re in this declaratory mood?
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".