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How the Persian prince made MinterEllison partner

Not only did partners from MinterEllison and Grant Thornton take part in a $7 million ‘favours for work’ scandal, but they also documented the whole thing on email.

  • Hannah Wootton

Freehills hires regulation gun from Hong Kong

Leading law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has gone some way to filling the breach left by Gina Cass-Gottlieb.

  • Michael Pelly

Indigenous judge a first for WA

Law firm partner Michael Lundberg will become only the second Indigenous state Supreme Court judge next month.

  • Michael Pelly

New CEO for legal regulator

Heather Moore was this week named as the ultimate head-honcho for 65,000 lawyers

  • Michael Pelly

Silk for barrister who grilled Gladys Berejiklian

Scott Robertson is one of 20 new senior counsel (SC) in NSW.

  • Michael Pelly

This Month

This American reported from war zones. Now she’s PwC’s chief economist

Amy Auster’s career has also taken her to Wall Street, through South America and Asia, and into the Commonwealth Treasury’s senior ranks.

  • Hannah Wootton

EY likely to score more clients after demerger

Clients would be more likely to buy EY’s audit and consulting services if they were offered by separate outfits, a survey found.

  • Hannah Wootton

Deloitte China fined $31m for letting clients do their own audit work

Under sanctions handed down by a US regulator, Deloitte will also have to better train staff in China and hire external consultants to review its practices.

  • Hannah Wootton

King & Wood Mallesons, Bentleys sued over work for collapsed Halifax

The online trading platform is taking action against the law and auditing firms over work they did for it between the 2015-16 and 2017-18 financial years.

  • Max Mason


Australia’s top five powerbrokers in the law for 2022

AFR Magazine’s hotly anticipated Power issue, out on Friday, September 30, includes lists of the key players across six industry sectors. Here are Australia’s most influential legal sector leaders.

  • Michael Pelly

Capital markets drive law partner moves

The busiest practice groups for lateral hires in 2021-22 were mergers and acquisitions and banking and finance

  • Michael Pelly

Victorian lawyers lead way on pro bono work

Victoria has 25 per cent of legal practitioners, but they worked 31.25 per cent of all pro bono hours for 2021-22.

  • Michael Pelly

‘You’re working obscene hours but we’ll give you a bar tab’

A 22-year-old law student wonders if an unconventional gender identity could help start her career.

  • Aaron Patrick

Company directors urged to review auditors every five years

The AICD has released a guide for the reviews, warning they are needed to ensure investor confidence in the markets and avoid big accounting scandals.

  • Hannah Wootton

KPMG asked graduate applicants if they were gay

The university students were also asked by the professional services firm if they had an “intersex variation” or “gender-diverse experience”.

  • Aaron Patrick

EY tragedy needs to spur professional services workplace reform

The death of a young woman at EY’s Sydney office should be the catalyst for a long-overdue examination of responses to mental health issues in white-collar workplaces.

  • Ian Hickie

KPMG appoints three new partners

Boutique climate consultancy Rennie Partners is also growing quickly.

  • Hannah Wootton

Elizabeth Broderick to lead EY culture review

She will lead a wide-ranging review of EY’s culture, work practices and psychological health and safety after a staff member’s suicide at the firm’s Sydney office.

  • Hannah Wootton

Dentons makes pitch for church’s go-to lawyer

The global firm says Richard Leder of Corrs would be a welcome addition to its ranks.

  • Michael Pelly

‘Why name them after me?’: the Queen on Brisbane’s law courts

The enthusiasm of the Queen’s loyal subjects for naming buildings after her was always not shared by her majesty.

  • Michael Pelly

Corporate responsibility a game of snakes and ladders

A firm might stay a step ahead of competitors for a while, but drop to the bottom in a heartbeat. It’s useful to have an overall framework or game plan.

  • Joel Barolsky

Minters, Grant Thornton caught up in $7m scandal

The partners involved in the scandal, which was uncovered by Western Australia’s corruption watchdog, have since left each firm.

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  • Michael Pelly and Hannah Wootton

Lawyers audition for Catholics work Corrs vacated

Advising the church is a seriously lucrative calling if your conscience can suffer it.

  • Joe Aston

Adopt global sustainability standards urgently, accountants say

Meeting client demands for work around the standards will require massive upskilling of accounting and audit professionals, industry bodies say.

  • Hannah Wootton

The Star’s failures show directors ignore internal audits ‘at their peril’

Several of The Star’s failures show “clear failings in how the internal audit process was handled”, the profession’s leading body says.

  • Hannah Wootton