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    "What Simon Birmingham has been doing is absolutely fantastic. He has managed to un-mesh the terrible omelette that was created by the Gillard government, the Rudd government in terms of funding; he's undoing all that." 

    Senator Chris Back (Lib. WA) arguing that Catholic schools are getting a raw deal under Gonski 11. AM, ABC Radio, June 19, 2017  ... Read more ... 


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    Pauline Wright ... Ms Wright ... A busy bee, if ever there was one ... Pauline Wright, actor, swimmer, lifesaver, campaigner, playwright, passionate devotee to good causes ... And president of the Law Society of NSW ... Meet the person behind the whirlwind ... Read more ... 


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    Tuesday
    Aug302016

    Poms take the online English Reports back to the bosom

    Talk about disruption ... Council of Law Reporting sends divorce papers to LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters for publication in Australia, Canada, NZ and USA ... The old law publishing world coming apart ... End of the oligopoly in sight 

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    Sunday
    Aug282016

    Inside Tom Hughes' defamation machine

    In his heyday, Tom Hughes QC had a flourishing defamation practice ... Big publishers and broadcasters ... Celebrities and sportsmen ... Trips to the Privy Council ... All attended by Hughes' trademark flourishes, piercing glares and withering cross-examination ... Ian Hancock in his biography of the great brief delves into Hughes' personal diary for some up close comments on cases, clients, judges and other barristers ... Defamatorium 

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    Thursday
    Aug112016

    The life, loves, triumphs and disappointments of Tom Hughes

    Choice cuts from Ian Hancock's biography of Tom Hughes, A Cab on the Rank ... A painful move from 11 Selborne ... Skyrocketing fees ... Great cases ... Lionel Murphy - "not an easy client" ... Diary observations of judges, barristers and bar etiquette 

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    Friday
    Jul152016

    The mystery of the silk fairy

    Mary Walker v NSW Bar Association ... NSW bar silk selection - where Franz Kafka meets Harold Pinter ... Debriefing conversations ... Protocol perils ... Popularity contests ... Bar council's struggle to get to grips with policy decisions  

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    Friday
    Jul082016

    The Pauper v The Prince

    Screwball High Court judge in England threatens barristers over silk appointments following critical letter in The Times ... Court of Appeal says judge's conduct is "shocking ... disgraceful ... deplorable" ... Pannick stations 

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    Friday
    Jul012016

    Election 2016 - law and justice

    National corruption commission and same sex marriage enter stage left ... Marriage plebiscite looking shaky ... Greens want a Bill of Rights and tighter gun controls ... Latest smear notes 

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    Monday
    Jun062016

    Ian Hancock

    Ian Hancock is the biographer of Tom Hughes QC, a hero of the Sydney bar ... He has submitted to Justinian's probing, intimate questions on the eve of the book's publication ... Biographing a biographer  

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    Tuesday
    Mar152016

    The failure to rein in rapacity

    Legal profession regulation is a structural mess ... Former Queensland legal services commissioner, John Briton, says the professional associations should vacate the regulatory field ... Too much self-interest, not enough consumer protection ... Law firm cultural issues unaddressed ... Shameful billing practices 

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    Thursday
    Feb182016

    Patrick O'Sullivan

    The life and times of Patrick O'Sullivan QC ... On the Couch with the new president of the Australian Bar Association ... Issues confronting the ABA ... Where to from here? ... Adelaide or bust 

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    Friday
    Jan292016

    Jane Sanders

    From poolside in Penang Jane Sanders pays tribute to her hairdresser ... The principal solicitor at Sydney's Shopfront youth legal centre climbs onto the couch to talk about her regrets and triumphs 

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