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We go to publication at a time when society faces yet another great challenge – the scourge of terrorism. Groups and individuals with aims that are not always clear, sought to be achieved by means antithetical to values and freedoms that we mostly take for granted, threaten our safety  ...  read more 

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2015 Silk Bows before the High Court & Dinner
Issue 74: December 2015
Toast to the Judiciary Toast to the JudiciaryBAR DINNER 2015 J ustice Kiefel, Justices of the Supreme, Federal and Family Courts, judges of the District and Magistrates Courts and the Federal Circuit Court, distinguished guests, colleagues. I...Read More >>
The Unaccepted Plea Of Guilty And Mitigation Of SentenceOrdinarily in Queensland, when an accused pleads guilty, a court will impose a lesser sentence than would have been imposed had the accused pleaded not guilty and been convicted. [1] The situation is...Read More >> The Unaccepted Plea Of Guilty And Mitigation Of Sentence
In This Issue
Eulogy for Henry Arthur Weld28 September 2015. After his admission as a Solicitor in 1958, Henry Weld had two distinct careers – first 22 years as a practising Solicitor and then 25 years as a Member of the Archdiocesan Fi...Read More >>
High Court to Revisit Advocates’ ImmunityOn 7 August 2015, the High Court granted special leave to appeal in the matter of Attwells & Anor v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Limited [2015] HCATrans 176. Application for special leave to appeal ...Read More >>
2015 Supreme Court Oration Magna Carta: Destiny or Accident?Presented by the Right Honourable the Lord Judge. 29 September 2015.A video of the presentation can be seen here.It was Sir Gerald Brennan who described Magn...Read More >>
My Kingdom for a ReviewOn 7 October 2015, the President of the Association, Shane Doyle QC, forwarded a submission on behalf of the Association to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee of the Queensland Parliamen...Read More >>
The Law Council Rocks Traditional FreedomsOn 9 October 2015, the Law Council of Australia lodged its submission in response to the interim report of the Australian Law Reform Commission as part of the ALRC’s Inquiry into Traditional Rig...Read More >>
Introduction to the Singapore International Commercial CourtChief Justice Sundaresh Menon, Singapore Queensland Law Society and Bar Association of Queensland 10 November 2015 In September 2012, I visited the London Commercial Court and observed that its c...Read More >>
The True Facts behind the Mayne Inheritance The Mayne Inheritance [1] , written by Rosamond Siemon and first published in 1997, asserts that the magnificent University of Queensland standing on the bend in the river at St Lucia was bui...Read More >>
Hanrick Curran Specialised accounting advice for barristers  Hanrick Curran has over 30 years experience helping legal professionals create and execute strategies to achieve greater success.  Read More >>
Sunshine Coast Professional Development Day15 August 2015  T his year marked the 6th one day mini-conference hosted by the local members of the Bar on the Sunshine Coast. The event was initiated with the assistance of the Bar Council ...Read More >>
Australian Advocacy InstituteDedicated to Excellence in Advocacy An initiative of the Law Council ofAustralia The Australian Advocacy Institute is pleased to announce that The Honourable Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace has ...Read More >>
Construction ContractsPursuant to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld): “other arrangement” The phrase ‘construction contract’ is an important one within the Building ...Read More >>
The Holt PrizeWhy name Australia’s richest legal book prize after Chris Holt? Simple, really… because Chris Holt was Australia’s best legal publisher. And it’s not too much to add: Austra...Read More >>
Raising the Bar in AlterationsConveniently located on George Street, in the heart of Brisbane's Legal and Financial Precinct, Tiktak Clothing Alterations and Dressmaking are the professional attire specialists. &nbs...Read More >>
Speeches and Legal Articles of InterestSPEECHES OF NOTE Speech by Chairman of the English Bar to the Australian Bar delivered 9 July 2015, Boston LEGAL ARTICLES AND ITEMS OF INTEREST DAILY MAIL Judge Fell Asleep During Child Rape Case...Read More >>
Discerning JudgmentIn both art and law, judgment is crucial. While a legal judgment and a work of art may appear to be very different things, in fact they share many commonalities. Both lawyers and artists employ reas...Read More >>
Mercedes-Benz BrisbaneMercedes-Benz vehicles are renowned for quality, safety, luxury and performance. That's why cars with the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star are the choice of those who demand the best.   &nb...Read More >>
Commercial Litigation Workshop 2015In the second week of September 2015 a group of eleven barristers from the Queensland Bar travelled to Papua New Guinea to conduct the 3rd annual Commercial Litigation Workshop. The Group was ably led...Read More >>
Book Review: Where the Air is ClearAuthor: Carlos Fuentes Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press Reviewed by Stephen Keim It was inevitable that, once I had started reading The Life and Times of Mexico by Earl Shorris, I would...Read More >>
Book Review: The Australasian Coroner’s ManualAUTHORS: Hugh Dillon [1] & Marie Hadley [2] PUBLISHER: The Federation Press Reviewed by James McNab Increasingly, Coroners Courts are becoming a specialist area within the Australian l...Read More >>
Book Review: The Appellate Jurisdiction of the Courts in Australia Hard Cover edition 221 pages Author: Dean Mildren Publisher: The Federation Press Reviewed by Brian Morgan For those to whom the name, Dean Mildren, is not familiar, let me tell you that he ...Read More >>
Book Review: The Trial - Principles, Process and EvidenceSoft cover version, 732 pages Authors: Jill Hunter, Terese Henning Publisher: The Federation Press Reviewed by Brian Morgan Hi fi enthusiasts will be familiar with the technical term &ldqu...Read More >>
High Court of Australia Judgment Summary NotesThe following summary notes of recent decisions of the High Court of Australia provide a brief overview of each case. For more detailed information, please consult the Reasons for Judgment which may b...Read More >>
Court of Appeal Judgment Summary NotesThe following summary notes of recent decisions of the Queensland Court of Appeal have been prepared by Bruce Godfrey, Court of Appeal Research Officer. They provide a brief overview of each case. The...Read More >>
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