election 2016

Justinian's minute-by-minute coverage of the 2016 federal election, with special focus on law and justice policies from the main political players ... So far the excitement from the Liberals, Labor and the Greens has been dialled to low ... Read more ... 

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Labor lawyers now working for the banks ... What if Slater & Gordon had not floated ... The downside of going public ... Restructuring already underway ... Litigation defendants seizing on S&G's vulnerability ... Read more ... 


Second-hand hearsay ... Stories from the depths ... Café life for Junior Junior as she soaks up the tittle-tattle and innuendo ... Channelling F.E. Smith, Birkett and Marshall Hall ... The story must be true if told by another barrister ... Read more ... 

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    "I suppose it's because they’re always getting up and down and helping somebody and putting something in a dishwasher or whatever they're doing, because they don't have enough staff." 

    HM The Queen's explanation why her grandchildren find it difficult to communicate with each other. The New York Times, April 23, 2016 ... READ MORE >>

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    Justinian Featurettes

    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 ... Read more ... 

    Justinian's archive

    Sins of omission ... DPP brings tax case against eccentric barrister Cliff Pannam QC, then gives character evidence for him at bureau de spank ... From Justinian's bulging archive ... Let the heady days of September 1991 be a salutary reminder to all of us ... Read more ... 



    Late for the list

    Six months in ... 40 years to go ... Junior Junior reviews her first tentative steps towards wigged glory ... Dress notes ... Prospects of starvation 

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    The piñata nominee

    Merrick Garland, the most conservative judicial candidate available to Obama ... With Scalia no longer on the US Supreme Court, big business rushes to settle class actions ... Republicans game the elections ... No photo ID, no vote ... Australia naïvely expects good things to come from US concocted trade deals ... Roger Fitch in Washington on the beat 

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    Petty sessions

    Barrister's defamation case becomes a car crash ... Range Rover scraped by barrister's garage door ... Email to neighbours complaining about barrister's behaviour ... Jury goes for the truth defence 

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    Difficulty with the word "could"

    Another expert queries the mysteries of the High Court in ICAC v Cunneen ... Legal historian Evan Whitton draws inspiration from Bob Trimbole ... Appeal courts akin to casinos 

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    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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    Wild about Ian

    Ian Neil takes barrister websites to a whole new level of glamour ... BarNet takes over authorised Victorian reports ... Politicians and commentators warned off the judicial patch ... John Nicholson joins Inspector Dave ... Context and information missing from Inspector Dave's Cunneen report  

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    Duty barrister late on duty

    Claim of mental illness unsuccessful in setting aside disciplinary findings ... Barrister rents property to vulnerable client ... Conflicts of interest ... Late to court ... Mental illness does not mean conduct cannot be unsatisfactory ... Kate Lilly reports 

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    Be careful what you wish for

    Barry Lane deconstructs the High Court's majority reasons in ICAC v Cunneen ... Strange exercise in conflation ... Contrary to those joyfully proclaiming that ICAC has been defenestrated, there has been a useful expansion of crucial powers for the corruption fighter ... It's as if parliament reenacted the provisions that the High Court muddled 

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    Supreme Court judge goes to court 

    The Map of Tasmania ... Justice Wood sues over super scheme complexity ... Looking for judges ... In a wink ... New ale honours the Ed. 

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