election 2016

The great debate ... Brandis v Dreyfus ... Attorney General is called a disaster, a liar, a failure and delusional ... Federal judges make unprecedented entry into election campaign calling for more to be allocated to the courts to handle domestic violence at the "coal face" ... Parliament misled by the attorney general ... Read more ...  

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Attorney General Brandis asserts political influence over Solicitor General Justin Gleeson ... Government access to the Solicitor General to be controlled by AG ... More outsourcing of constitutional advise to the private bar ... Ideological agenda at play ... Read more ... 

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Murder into manslaughter, and maybe back again ... The Baden-Clay case in the High Court ... Artemus Jones claims that appeal courts have a history of handing out softer sentences to perpetrators of violence against women ... Populist outcry verses learned legal commentators ... Read more ... 


A place in the community ... Barely Legal samples the delights of both community law and Big Law ... The canapés are better at Big Law ... Scuffed brown shoes confirm his place in the hierarchy ... Read more ... 

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    LEIGH SALES: But I think people watching this also want to know that you're listening to them and what those polls tell you is that there's something that you're doing which they don't like.
    MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well why don't you ask me a question about it?
    LEIGH SALES: Well I am asking you a question about it. What do you think - what do you think - what do you think has happened that you have lost that ginormous chunk of approval?
    MALCOLM TURNBULL: Leigh, I am not going to be drawn into that kind of introspection ... 

    Interview with PM Turnbull on the ABC's 7.30, June 8, 2016 ... READ MORE >>

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    Justinian Featurettes

    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 ... Read more ... 

    Justinian's archive

    Tubby's in the firing line ... It's a wheeze on the High Court ... Japes fly thick and fast from droll judicial wags ... There were two in two days ... From Justinian's archive of transcribed morsels ... Read more ... 



    Shakespeare on refugees

    Shakespeare had some fine things to offer politicians and judges on refugees and how to treat them ... Procrustes says it should be compulsory for ministers of the crown to read Measure For Measure ... More bribes on the way for PNG following the Supreme Court decision on the Manus Island detention centre 

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    Chest-beating from Macquarie Street's new lawn-order man

    Draconian legislation in NSW to combat "serious" crime ... British equivalent extends its reach to trivial offences ... NSW's law and justice policies being run by the police ... Liberal MP, Henskens SC, defends police state measures and criticises the bar for speaking out ... Ill-informed political attack 

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    British exports

    Global divorce funder heading Down Under ... while British commercial law shops are hauling offshore loot back to London 

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    Trials and tribulations

    Waterstreet dips in and out ... NSW's land titles registry on the block ... Law & Justice Foundation being starved to death ... Another trial for David Eastman

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    Bar shtum on leaks

    Geoffrey Watson SC hung out to dry ... Inside information about NSW bar's disciplinary process leaked to the press ... Counsel assisting chewed-up in ongoing News Corp war against ICAC 

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    Sleep overs

    Scerri stuff ... Yarraside Supremo rebukes lawyers in over-egged intestacy case ... Costs outrun the issues ... Barrister contradicts himself ... Lawyers sent to the Bureau de Spank ... Seb Tonkin courtside  

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    Crowning moments

    Crown Law in Bananaland cannot act in industrial dispute against two of its employees ... Acting as a self-represented litigant against its own staff ... Everything happy at Crown Law ... Lack of systems to handle conflict ... Seb Tonkin reports 

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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 

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    Never say die

    After 30 years of litigation Wentworth v Rogers lives on ... Another round in the country's longest running courtroom drama ... Costs awarded to Katherine Wentworth for 1985 damages action against her former husband 

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