Federal Magistrates Court: disqualifying both lawyers from acting

In the unusual recent Federal Magistrates Court case of Lakey and Lakey, Federal Magistrate Brewer disqualified BOTH sets of lawyers from acting for their clients. His Honour took a keen eye to the practical, as opposed to stricly theoretical, possible misuse of confidential information by lawyers, including extending that discussion ot barristers who are on… Read More »Custom Single Post Header

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Federal Magistrates Court: disqualifying both lawyers from acting

In the unusual recent Federal Magistrates Court case of Lakey and Lakey, Federal Magistrate Brewer disqualified BOTH sets of lawyers from acting for their clients.

His Honour took a keen eye to the practical, as opposed to stricly theoretical, possible misuse of confidential information by lawyers, including extending that discussion ot barristers who are on opposite sides to each other, but in the same chambers. His Honour also commented on the realities of the ACT market for employment of family lawyers (given movement of various lawyers between the two, dominant family law firms in Canberra).

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On November 1st 2023, Accredited Family Law Specialist and Page Provan Director Stephen Page presented a paper at the Brisbane Zonta Club about forced marriage. I acknowledge the Jagera and Turrbal peoples, on whose lands we meet today, their elders, past, present and emerging. Ruqia Hidari was aged 21 and living in Victoria, when, according to police,… Read More »Forced Marriage

ACT Government Surrogacy Bill

The ACT Government has today introduced a bill to amend the ACT’s surrogacy laws. The proposed changes are more incremental than fundamental. They include allowing a single person to undertake surrogacy, for the surrogate to be single if needed, a requirement for legal advice and counselling beforehand, a written agreement being required, that traditional surrogacy is… Read More »ACT Government Surrogacy Bill

Planning to resolve: ADR in ART

ADR can help resolve disputes in ART cases. ADR is not limited to mediation and arbitration. Other types of informal dispute resolution can resolve disputes. When assisted reproductive treatment cases go off the rails, they can have the next level of bitterness and volatility. There can be a keen sense of betrayal when things don’t… Read More »Planning to resolve: ADR in ART