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Jay Williams is the barrister appearing for some of the asylum seekers on Manus Island ... He's been representing them before a court of inquiry into alleged human rights abuses ... Deported by the PNG government ... Further proceedings pending ... From Melbourne to the Sydney bar via Arnhem Land with Immanuel Kant in his back pocket ... Now he's on Justinian's couch ... Read on ...

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Big day for Yarraside Queens ... ICAC learns about Greeks and Hellenes ... Shady mortgage entrepreneur caught by party snaps ... Modest wedding preparations for London solicitor ... Read more ...

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Bigot Watch ... Soapy on the free speech balustrades ... 100 flowers to bloom ... Anti-Muslin groups rally in support ... Polly Peck reports ... Read more ...

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Your editor singing for his supper at the Copyright Symposium feast ... Copyright creator in a sea of copyright curators ... Speech ... Speech ... Speech ... A few wintery smiles from W. Gummow  ... Read more ...

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    "Even in the members stand, you walk around and think - I can see bra, I can see cellulite and everything is very short. When you go to where Fashions on the Field is held, everyone looks impeccible and it would be nice if that started filtering through to the racecourse as a whole." 

    Marlia Saunders, lawyer at Ashurst, Sydney, finalist at Derby Day's Fashions on the Field at Randwick. The Sydney Morning Herald, April 11, 2014  READ MORE >>

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    Justinian Featurettes

    Jay Williams is the barrister appearing for a group of the asylum seekers on Manus Island ... He was deported by the PNG government ... Further proceedings are pending ... Up close On the Couch ... Read more ... 

    Justinian's archive

    Da Mystery of the Da Vinci Code litigation ... Forgotten heros of the Sydney Institute ... Larry Adler Dinner disappoints ... A slice of history from the "Uglies" ... Queensland's fearful Bureau de Spank ... That was then ... Read more ...



    Email from Willie

    Willy Alstergren, says new QCs can pick-up their letters patent from the Vic Bar office on April 23 ... Discount framing available ... Here's his latest missive to SCs clamouring for the royal bauble ... Too much excitement, so never mind the grammar 

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    It's a date

    Big day announced for Yarraside Queens ... Barrister instructs ICAC on important differences between Greeks and Hellenes ... Shady debt and mortgage entrepreneur caught by party snaps ... Modest wedding preparations for a humble London solicitor 

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    Northern notes

    Queensland's royal baubles ... Peter Dunning "born and bred in Queensland" ... No Waves washes-up on the Supremes ... Omit "chairperson" insert "chairman" ... Timbo sees a bigger role for judicial registrars ... Pat Keane says government attacks on bar are "ridiculous" ... Pineapple Pol reports 

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    Economists want greater productivity from lawyers

    Unbundling lawyers from the law ... Wider disciplinary powers ... Contingency fees ... ASIC to regulate litigation funders ... Legal aid redesigned on a demographic needs basis ... More technology ... Kate Lilly extracts the essence from the Productivity Commission's draft access to justice report 

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    Obituary - Jack Grahame

    Jack Grahame, solicitor and tax rorter ... RIP ... Grahame led a group of Labor stalwarts who took millions out of the revenue with a dodgy sales tax avoidance scheme ... Strangely, he resented criticism of his conduct ... Tax manipulation can bring out the nasty side in people 

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    Dinner with the editor

    Last month your editor sang for his supper at the Copyright Symposium dinner at Kitchen by Mike in Rosebery ... A glittering night filled with the crown princes and princesses of the copyright caper ... Copyright creator in a sea of copyright curators ... Speech ... Speech ... Speech ... There were even a few wintery smiles from W. Gummow 

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    The cashless society 

    Living the dream ... Graduate lawyers surviving on bread and dripping ... The gap between charging money and earning money ... Barely Legal goes through her poor young lawyer routine 

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    Moving legal infallibility down the chain

    Further destabilisation and corrosion proposed for Queensland court system ... Chief Magistrate wants to limit appeals from his court ... Submission to parliamentary committee to amend the Justices Act ... Saving money ... "Freeing-up" the District Court 

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    Counsel Assisting wipe the floor 

    Counsel assisting Dyse ... Allsop in the gossip pages ... The Australian passes-off barrister's learned article on the RDA ... Tim Ellis and all Tasmania wait for verdict in driving case ... The "smart arse" tactic ... Queen Anne is dead, long-live coloured robes ... Flying Malaysian Airlines 

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