Australia

153 ABA Journal Australia articles.

Australia’s publicly traded Slater & Gordon raising $64M to buy more UK personal injury firms

In its continuing drive to dominate the global personal injury and consumer legal market, Slater & Gordon is raising $63.9 million to expand its British personal injury practice.

The plaintiff…

Report: Secret plans in place to ax or demote 20 to 50 of 189 partners at Ashurst Australia

Relying on unidentified sources, an Australian business publication says the Australian arm of Ashurst is secretly planning to cull between 20 and 50 of its 189 partners in order to…

Aussie Court Upholds Workers’ Comp for Woman Injured During Hotel Tryst on Business Trip

An Australian court has upheld a judge’s decision that a woman injured during hotel sex on a business trip is entitled to workers’ compensation.

The Full…

Squire Sanders to Open an Office in Sydney

Squire Sanders has announced that it will open an office in Sydney on Nov. 1.

The news of the firm’s latest growth in the Asia-Pacific region follows announcements earlier this…

Judge Accepts Australian Lawyer’s Argument That He Forgot Stealing Two Paintings

A Sydney lawyer who stole two valuable paintings while dining in an art gallery restaurant has persuaded a judge that he doesn’t remember committing the crime.

Michael Gerald Sullivan, 54,…

K&L Gates in Merger Talks with Australian Firm Middletons

K&L Gates confirmed Thursday that it is in merger talks with the 200-lawyer Australian firm Middletons.

In a joint statement published Thursday by the Am Law…

Ex-CFO at Major Law Firm Gets 10.5 Years in $2.6M Theft Case

A former chief financial officer at a top-tier Australian law firm has been sentenced to a prison term of ten and a half years after admittedly stealing nearly 2.7 million…

Herbert Smith and Freehills OK Megamerger; 2,800-Attorney Firm Plans to Open New York Office in 2012

Partners of London-based Herbert Smith and Australia’s Freehills have agreed to merge on Oct. 1.

The 2,800-attorney merged firm will open a New York office this year, as well as…

Coroner Blames Dingo for Baby’s Disappearance 32 Years Ago

A coroner has sided with an Australian couple who long maintained that their baby was snatched and killed by a dingo.

The coroner ruled Tuesday in a fourth inquest, finding…

Judge: Lawyer Not ‘Unjustifiably Abused, Belittled, Humiliated, Threatened, Undermined or Bullied’

Describing a “regrettable” email exchange between two Melbourne law firm colleagues and friends as “a classic storm in a teacup,” an Australian judge has nixed a seven-figure damages claim by…

UK Megafirm Linklaters Forms Alliance with Australia’s Allens Arthur Robinson

A United Kingdom megafirm has joined forces with Australia’s Allens Arthur Robinson, agreeing to form an alliance and engage in joint ventures in Asia.

However, the team effort with London-based…

Judge Awards Workers Comp to Aussie Woman Injured on Business Trip During Hotel Room Hookup

An Australian judge has ruled that a woman injured while having hotel sex on a business trip is entitled to workers compensation.

The woman, a government employee, was injured in…

4th Inquest Starts re 1980 Baby Death in Australia; Meryl Streep Movie Told Story of Unsolved Case

It now appears that Lindy Chamberlain was speaking the truth when she told authorities in 1980 that her 9-week-old baby had been taken, and presumably killed, by a wild Australian…

Herbert Smith Is Mulling Possible Megamerger With Australia’s Freehills; Plans NY Launch in 2012

Herbert Smith, a venerable London-based firm with over 1,000 lawyers, is in preliminary talks with Australia’s Freehills concerning a possible megamerger.

If the two firms…

Australia’s Slater & Gordon Snaps Up UK Personal Injury Firm, Russell Jones & Walker, for $84M

Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm is poised to grow again after agreeing to pay 53.8 million pounds (about $84 million in U.S. dollars) for a…

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