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Communicating with the Court – Solicitors’ Responsibilities

A recent Legal Services Commission (“LSC”) case has highlighted the consequences for practitioners who communicate with judges without the prior consent of opposing parties. In a recent hearing before the Queensland Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the solicitor in question was charged with and found to have engaged in 3 counts of unsatisfactory professional conduct. …

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Arbitration – no different to private health insurance

I started my career as a Family Lawyer doing agency matters in the Family Court and the Federal Magistrates Court as it then was. That gave me a good grounding in how the Court system could be used effectively to change the power differential between separating parties. Those were times where specialist practitioners with Family …

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Sperm of deceased allowed to be used by his surviving partner

The Supreme Court of Queensland today handed down judgement allowing the surviving partner of a man whom took his own life, to have possession and use of his sperm, which was removed posthumous. In the case of Creswell v. Attorney-General for the State of Queensland, Ms Creswell received the benefit of an order that enables her …

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