Insights

EQ, wagyu, and parallel universes: Inside Perth’s largest family law firm, Leach Legal

Posted on January 17, 2017 at 8:19 am | practice management
family law Perth

Catherine Leach is Managing Director of Perth’s largest family law firm, Leach Legal, and an alumnus of the College’s Master of Applied Law (Family Law). Insights spoke to Catherine about her approach to family law, how she keeps her personal life apart from the emotional demands of her work, and all she has learned along the way – from Sharia Law to wagyu beef farming to the cycle of grief, separation and attachment.

Case Closed: Interesting Court Cases from 2016

Posted on January 10, 2017 at 8:03 am | legal practice
2017

As the 2017 working year begins in earnest, many lawyers will be looking back at the previous year’s landmark cases with pride, dismay, or bewilderment. Indeed, it was a varied 12 months for Australian law – the balance between Church and State was weighed, a game-changing precedent was set for big banks, and a concerning number of defendants claimed “stupidity” as a legal defence.

To help set a bar for the upcoming year, Insights has compiled a list of some of the biggest, strangest, and most significant Australian court cases to be tried in 2016.

Beyond Borders: Upcoming changes to CPD for Migration Lawyers

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 9:31 am | cpd, legal practice
Immigration law

For a long time, any Australian lawyer looking to practise immigration law has had to register as a migration agent and maintain that registration by, among other things, paying an annual registration fee to the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) and completing MARA-approved CPD. However, with pending legislation set to remove legal practitioners from the Migration Agents Registration Scheme, along with recent changes by the MARA exempting legal practitioners from the requirement to complete MARA approved CPD, conditions are improving for both existing and prospective immigration lawyers.

“Her Honour Has Smashed the Glass Ceiling”: Australian Women Lawyers President on New Chief Justice Susan Kiefel

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 8:51 am | legal practice
Australian Women Lawyers

In a little over a month, Susan Kiefel will make history as the first female to don the robes of Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. A long-serving Senior Puisne Judge in the High Court of Australia, Justice Kiefel brings to the role 23 years’ experience as a judge and 16 years’ experience […]

#Goals: 3 Unique careers in law – Pro Bono, Family Law and In-House

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 8:58 am | legal career
Law careers

Seizing the opportunity, passion and drive to go your own way is a goal to which many lawyers would aspire. At the final College of Law alumni event in NSW for 2016, three lawyers at three very different stages of their career share how they made their way to their ideal law job.

Mindfulness in Law with Fiona Caulley – Podcast Episode Recap, Happy Lawyer Happy Life

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 9:41 am | health and wellbeing
Fiona Caulley

Living a happy life doesn’t always seem to be synonymous with being a good lawyer. While in a sense, this is an absurdity – any happy, fulfilled professional might be better placed to manage the crises of others – fitting in mindfulness, meditation, and yoga alongside 24/7 client emails and constant court deadlines could seem impossible. Managing the impossible, and exploring a journey from ‘unhappiness to happiness’ are the themes of Episode 2 of popular podcast, Happy Lawyer Happy Life, sponsored by The College of Law.

How to manage clients over the holiday break

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 8:24 am | practice management
vacation

With the countdown to Christmas well underway, many lawyers are starting to contemplate a much-needed break. However, multiple pressures can conspire to keep the legal profession working through holiday periods.

Who Runs the World? Lawyers.

Posted on November 15, 2016 at 8:47 am | legal practice
barack-obama

In recent years, Australia has seen no shortage of lawyers-turned-politicians. The likes of Malcolm Turnbull, Julie Bishop, Julia Gillard, and John Howard have all cut their teeth in the legal profession, and followed a well-travelled route that would-be Australian leaders have been walking for years. However, it’s isn’t just Australian politics which favours a background in law – world leaders from Mexico to China have commenced their careers in law. Insights has compiled a list of five of the most noteworthy lawyers who became heads of state.

Ciro Figaro – From Italy to Australia with Love

Posted on November 8, 2016 at 8:49 am | legal career, legal practice
Practice insights

Many foreign students move to Australia to fulfil their dream of being a lawyer. It’s a nation ranked among the Top 10 Countries in Which to Practise Law, which, combined with its #2 global ranking for quality of life, makes it a comely prospect for any would-be lawyer.

For Italian-born Australian lawyer Ciro Figaro, however, the pursuit of law was always more than a career. A soon-to-be graduate of the College of Law, Figaro began his legal career on the sun-kissed streets of Naples, where he dreamed of opposing the Camorra crime clans that were working to corrupt his city from within.

The College of Law honours graduates, prize winners at the Spring 2016 Academic Awards Ceremony

Posted on November 1, 2016 at 8:23 am | awards
Photo of Front of Parliament House 1

The College of Law was proud to formally recognise graduates of its Applied Law Programs at the Spring 2016 Academic Awards Ceremony on 24 October 2016 at the Strangers Dining Room in Parliament House, Sydney. At the ceremony, over 70 graduates of the Applied Law Programs were conferred their degrees and diplomas, most of whom received the LLM (Applied Law). […]

Champagne Style on a First Year Budget

Posted on November 1, 2016 at 8:23 am | legal practice
Lawyer Fashion

With the Melbourne Cup upon us, it’s more apparent than ever that dressing for success can make a major difference in any young lawyer’s career. It shows an eye for detail and respect for the workplace that employers and colleagues alike will value. However, the process of filling one’s wardrobe with designer clothes can be a costly one – especially for early-career lawyers.

Fortunately, you don’t need to earn a partner’s salary to look your best. Brianna McDougall of the Instagram blog @Lawyersfashion – family lawyer by day, fashion blogger by night – shared some tips with Insights on how to rock a champagne style on a first year budget.

My Brilliant Career: An interview with Catherine Yeomans, CEO of Mission Australia

Posted on October 25, 2016 at 10:52 am
Catherine Yeomans

As the first female Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Mission Australia’s 155-year history, it goes without saying that Catherine Yeomans is both rare and remarkable. For Yeomans, however, it is the latest in a lifetime of achievements which have set her apart as an iconoclast.