Australia

153 ABA Journal Australia articles.

Will first law firm to go public face a shareholder suit? Stock prices seesaw with whiplash plan

Share prices of the world’s first publicly owned law firm lost 65 percent of their value last Thursday and Friday, but prices partially recovered this week.

The share price…

Former attorney will be new Australian prime minister after Tony Abbott is ousted

Malcolm Turnbull, a former prominent lawyer and banker, will be the new Prime Minister of Australia after he successfully ousted the controversial Tony Abbott from power.

The long-running struggle between…

Suspect is charged 30 years after fatal family-court-related attacks on judges, others

A former firefighter in his late 60s has been arrested and faces more than 30 charges, including murder, in a series of family-court-related attacks that terrorized the legal community in…

Appeals court rebukes judge for breastfeeding ban on mom who got a tattoo, overturns order

An Australian judge is under fire for ordering a mother to stop breastfeeding her 11-month-old child because she got a tattoo.

An appeals court on Friday unanimously overturned the order…

Police: Man on stolen bulldozer smashed occupied house to smithereens, violating a protective order

The limited value of a court protective order against a determined individual was dramatically illustrated this week after authorities alleged that Jamie Francis Sager drove a stolen bulldozer through a…

Slater & Gordon makes $947M offer to acquire major UK personal injury law firm

Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm, is poised to acquire most of a major United Kingdom competitor.

Assuming that Quindell partners agree in an April 17…

Lawyer and cafe manager killed in Sydney hostage siege hailed as heroes; why wasn’t suspect in jail?

A lawyer was killed early Tuesday after being held hostage along with 16 other people in a cafe in Sydney for most of the day Monday by a self-described Muslim…

Slater & Gordon offers law firm stock-purchase plan for UK workers

Publicly held law firm Slater & Gordon has announced a plan to encourage its workers in its United Kingdom offices to purchase stock in their employer’s…

‘Spansexual’ may register gender as nonspecific, Australia’s top court rules

A person who identifies as “spansexual”—neither man nor woman—may register a “nonspecific” gender on official certificates in New South Wales, Australia’s High Court ruled last week.

The court ruled last…

Law firm chief executive lacked law degree

A former chief executive of an intellectual property law firm in New Zealand has admitted he never earned the law degree reportedly included on the curriculum vitae he submitted to…

Thalidomide plaintiffs agree to $80M settlement in Australian case; discovery continues in US

Decades after women were given Thalidomide to combat morning sickness during pregnancy in the 1950s and 1960s and wound up delivering babies with missing or deformed limbs and other birth…

Students fuming after law lecturer’s mistaken claim that exam cut by fire alarm would be rescheduled

First there was the mid-exam fire alarm that sent some 450 law students taking a closed-book corporations test to mill around outside for a half-hour or so Nov. 12.

Then,…

Juror’s ‘total lack of manners’ could result in contempt finding, judge says

A judge has declared a mistrial and is considering holding a juror in contempt because her “total lack of manners” distracted others in the case.

The unidentified woman rolled her…

Motel-sex injury doesn’t merit workers’ compensation, Australian high court rules

A government worker injured during motel sex on a business trip is not entitled to workers’ compensation, Australia’s highest court has ruled.

The High Court of Australia ruled the woman…

Seyfarth Shaw opens 2 offices in Australia

Seyfarth Shaw has recruited eight partners from three different law firms to open two new offices in Australia.

The offices, which are in Sydney and Melbourne, are part of a…

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