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Charlotte F – Hey Judge, I was down at the LAWSKI event in Thredbo a couple of weekends back with a few members of my team, along with my Partner (Boss). These weekends away are always a lot of fun. This year, however, things got a little weird, having been put in a very awkward situation that was only made worse by an overzealous boss who can become very competitive at times. On the night of the opening drinks, a partner from a rival firm approached me, asking if I wanted to work in her team. At first, I brushed off...

  Day Three (Saturday, 12 September): amidst the LAWSKI Scavenger Hunt that had replaced the traditional Race, we stood at Australia’s highest lifted point in stark defiance of Mother Nature and COVID’s willingness to try and wash away our snow/spirit, yelling “you may take our snow, but you’ll never take our freeeeedom”! The fact that we even made it this far was a true credit to the tenacity of this year’s Committee. Battling fires, floods, viruses, and every lawyers worst nightmare – the regulator – they came through to put on a four-day (70-person) bonanza that lived up to the LAWSKI hype...

September has seen a continuation of the market improvements we’ve been experiencing since mid-June.  The challenges Victoria faced (and is facing) has weighed on the recruitment activity of some of the Melbourne firms (or those national/global firms with a major Melbourne presence) but, overall, we’ve seen confidence continue to build and, whilst the market is still a fair way from normal, it’s busy and lawyers seeking a move are back to securing multiple offers in some practice areas. Still in the highest demand are disputes lawyers; litigation teams large and small need to grow in the face of so much available...

Moving halfway around the world can be daunting at the best of times, but it’s twice as hard when you don’t have familiar home comforts to fall back on. Hopefully the following short guide can act as a cheat sheet for the homesick Aussie, and will encourage you to stick it out as we head into the grim winter months! Snacks Depending on how long you’ve been in the UK, you may already be on board with consuming an obscene number of cups of tea on any given day. Back home, you would probably turn to a Tim Tam as an ideal...

With large employers still hesitant to encourage staff, particularly lawyers, to return back to the office, most of us have come to the realisation that we will be stuck at home until Christmas. Great news for those of you who love working from home, or for those who have classified themselves as an ‘essential worker’ and are driving to work and parking in someone else’s car park! For the rest of us it is starting to wear a little thin. So on that note I thought I would put together a survival guide (for sanity purposes) that will hopefully help you...

Dear fellow self-doubting law student, a lesson from the most un-Karen Karen I know your story. You’re an over-achiever. You were always one of the brightest of your peers. Despite your proven ability over the years, you are now up against an entire law school of over-achievers and now you are lacking confidence.  Or maybe you did not excel academically but you found a path by other means to study law and now you are doubting your ability to keep up with the successful-since-high-school types. I know your story because it’s my story too. I want to share with you a little...

Louisa P - Hey Judge, I’m thinking about getting back on the dating scene, however, I’m conscious of Rona vibes and how this may not be the most socially responsible thing to do in the current climate. I feel now is the best chance I’ve got at finding something meaningful, as work has slowed down and I’m finding I now have a lot of time to myself. With that in mind, I’d be interested in getting your thoughts on what’s now considered acceptable when meeting up with someone on a date? Louisa, this is your lucky day. It just so happens I have been contemplating...

The month of August has seen the Legal Support and Shared Services job market in Sydney continued to come back to life, off the back of the professional market continuing to make a strong return in a variety of practice areas, in particular the Insurance, Construction, Disputes and Employment practices.  Whilst the market kept an eye out for a second wave, the Legal Support roles that were put on hold in March become more urgent as teams returned to the “new norm” in respect to workflow, creating a demand for those roles that have been vacant over COVID to be...

For overseas-based lawyers who are considering a move to the UK at some point in the future, this has been a testing time. There has certainly been an unprecedented use of the word ‘unprecedented’ – but often without any real context. I have had the opportunity to chat with Dr Christopher McCorkindale, Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, to get his view on some of the larger pressures on the UK's legal systems (and as a result, legal market) we have seen in the last 12 months. For the last few years (at least until COVID took centre...

I asked three law students about their experience studying during COVID-19 and what they have felt have been the greatest challenges. Along with my own views as a law student studying in Sydney, I asked UK law graduate Amber Herron (First Class LLB, University of Southampton), Melbourne law student Ewan Rozdal (Monash University) and Canberra law student Shannon Reynolds (Australian National University) to share their thoughts. These four walls Unquestionably, one of the greatest challenges of today’s COVID era is the growing suffocation of the four walls of the home study. For law students, this space is a lecture hall, tutorial room,...