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The quality of mercy knows no limits ... Timbo Carmody rejects application to strike-off solicitor who fraudulently inflated timesheets ... Still "an ethical member" of the profession ... "Status seeking" solicitor's "safety switch" is back-on ... Plus, Melbourne solicitor has no prospect of rehabilitation ... Read more ... 


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Justinian Columnists

Rent-a-quote ... Attorney General Porter supports two contradictory notions ... Free speech to attack judges personally, but the Law Council shouldn't criticise the Family Court CJ over the Three Wigs Willy affair ... News Corpse hacks do their stuff ... Department of Cant and Hypocrisy ... Read more ... 


Justinian's Bloggers

Sydney law factory ramps-up production ... University of Sydney opens the gates to more law students than ever ... 50% greater than the rate of enrolment in previous years ... More places were also opened to transfer students ... Unsustainable pressure ... Read more ... 

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    "Apart from one treacherous act of base duplicity, I enjoyed all of my time at the bar. I was lucky to start at the bar as a pupil of Griffin QC who quickly taught me three things: (a) there's nothing better in life than fees; (b) why take on only one trial brief per day if you're offered three; (c) always tell solicitors about the great victories you had achieved and never tell them about your losses."  

    Federal Circuit Court swearing-in speech by Judge Gregory Egan. February 7, 2018 ... Read more flatulence ... 


    Justinian Featurettes

    Michael Finnane QC joins us on the couch to talk about himself and his book The Pursuit of Justice ... In fact, he's concerned whether the courts actually deliver justice ... The sweep of history and experience from Menzies to Turnbull ... Read more ... 


    Justinian's archive

    Clayton Utz in workplace defo drama ... Former Clayton Utz solicitor sues the firm for defamation … Email sent at the direction of former Law Soc prez Joe Catanzariti … Partners argue that proposed amended statement of claim "seriously prejudices them" ... Justice Simpson says firm’s submission is "inapt" ... Read more ... 


     

    Justinian featurettes

    There's another world beyond law and lawyering ... and here you can find it: reviews, wine notes, interviews, and unpacking the human condition.  

    Critics' Corner: reviews of books, films and TV by Worm and I. Box.
    Déjà Vu: marvellous slices of history from Justinian's bulging archive. 
    JustyFlix: our film crew covers the most glittering events on the calendar. 
    On the Couch: where notable notables bear their souls. 
    Week@TheKnees: a review of the week's main news stories on lawyers and the law. 
    Wendler on Wine: spectacular wine reviews, gargling and spitting from barrister Gabriel Wendler.  


    All our featurettes have escaped from inside the paywall.  

     


    Friday
    Apr082011

    A.J. Brown

    What happens to a person who spends seven years immersed in the life of Michael Kirby? ... Professor A.J. Brown is the author of Michael Kirby: Paradoxes & Principles ... He's on Justinian's couch trying to explain himself

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    Saturday
    Apr022011

    McCabe litigation took 10 years in two states

    Richard Ackland recalls the torturous trail of the McCabe litigation ... Clayton Utz in the frame ... Settlement soon after retrial and discovery ordered by VicSupremo Stephen Kaye

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    Friday
    Dec242010

    What about my little mate?

    Andrew Clark reviews Pamela Burton's biography of Mary Gaudron, From Moree to Mabo ... As NSW Solicitor General, Gaudron's advice to the government about the Lionel Murphy affair was crucial ... The Age tapes ... A time when friendships and loyalty ran headlong into the law

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    Tuesday
    Dec142010

    Elizabeth O'Shea

    Lizzie O'Shea is the face of Maurice Blackburn's social justice practice ... It's been a big month, what with her High Court victory in the Aid/Watch case ... And her work in gathering a mass of signatories for an open letter to the PM in support of Julian Assange ... The lawyer who collects electronic gadgets in the shape of animals is on Justinian's couch

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    Sunday
    Dec052010

    The man from Broke

    Our wine correspondent Gabriel Wendler in conversation with Justice Peter McClellan, NSW's chief judge at common law and enthusiastic Hunter grape grower ... The diversion of the vineyard

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    Friday
    Nov262010

    Coin from the Crown

    Justinian publishes the full list of barristers' fees paid by the NSW Crown Solicitor for civil work in the year to July 30

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    Saturday
    Nov062010

    Rachel Francois

    Rachel Francois is a Sydney barrister, whose most recent notable appearance was in the Federal Court for Kristy Fraser-Kirk in her $37 million sexual harassment suit against David Jones and Mark McInnes ... With the settlement complete and the case withdrawn Ms Francois found time for a session on Justinian's couch

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    Friday
    Oct292010

    Peter Duncan

    The former Allen's man Peter Duncan is the writer, director, co-producor and co-creator of Rake, the new ABC barrister series to launch on ABC TV next Thursday night ... Duncan luxuriates on Justinian's couch

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    Friday
    Oct222010

    MyJudge

    Nominate judges for the Frank Vincent Index ... The former Victorian appeals judge says there are four categories into which all judges fit ... Who fits where? ... Fire away

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    Tuesday
    Sep282010

    Albie Sachs

    This month Albie Sachs has been singing for his supper ... The former constitutional judge from South Africa has been on a lecture tour of Australia ... Law firm boardrooms and village halls have been packed with enthusiastic admirers ... Meet the lawyer that prison and a crippling bomb attack couldn't silence

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