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It’s a new Victorian barrister blog a minute

February 13th, 2012 · No Comments

Hardly news any more, but Carrie-Rome Sievers is the latest Victorian barrister bitten by the blog bug. Her blog ( covers insolvency and the Personal Property Securities regime.  And it turns out Carrie’s husband Chris Sievers, also a Victorian barrister, has a blog on GST ( with vast resources in the form of scores of […]

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Another Melbourne barrister blogs

January 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

I have a broomstick in my office.   If I were to reach up and whack the ceiling it would be Justin Castellan who might jump out of his seat, one storey up.  He has started a defamation blog called Defamation Watch.  It’s entertaining and has a useful page ‘Defamation; The Basics’. Welcome to the blogosphere.

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Pia and twitter

November 27th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Pia Warne has been distracting me from blogging recently.  She was born a bit more than a week ago. But tweeting has also distracted me.  Twitter is a micro-blogging platform.  I had never been there until just before I started tweeting: here is my Twitter page.  Twitter involves following and being followed.  I tweet a […]

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Tags: Law Blogs · Legal writing

Lord Bingham and Afua Hirsch

September 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The rather beautiful English blogger, Afua Hirsch, at once a barrister and a Guardian correspondent, has posted a beautifully written obituary to Lord Bingham, pictured.  It is definitely a blog post, rather than something more formal belonging to the print version of a newspaper, and it is a fine example of its form, like much […]

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Tags: Judges · Law Blogs · Legal writing

Blogging and Media Law Seminar at Melbourne University

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

My enthusiasm for this seminar waned when I learnt that the special alumni price to attend is $50, but I’m still planning on attending. It’s up at Melbourne Law School, on Wednesday 18 November 2009. Drinks start at 5.30 p.m. and the 90 minute seminar ends at 7.30 p.m. Professor Brian Murchison from over in […]

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Western Suburbs Law Association

July 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Last night, I gave a talk to the Western Suburbs Law Association about how to respond to a Legal Services Commissioner complaint. I got a chance to meet some of the lawyers I most admire, met some impressive new people including the Law Institute’s in-house Ethics Manager, Donna Adams, caught up with some old friends, […]

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Free Victorian legal commentary

April 27th, 2009 · No Comments

I like lawyers who state the law on the internet for free.  Australia is good at this in the sense of making raw materials available via Austlii.  What there is very little of is commentary, and exposition of the law. I have previously sung the praises of John Stratton’s NSW treasure trove of material about […]

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Tags: Criminal liability · Law Blogs · Legal writing

Lawyers and the criminal law

September 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Reproduced below is a blog post about ‘bill padding’ from the US site, Legal Blog Watch. That is where lawyers say work took them longer than it really did, and so charge commensurately more, or even make up the fact that they did work, and charge for it. Sometimes I read articles like this and […]

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Tags: "disgraceful and dishonourable" · conflicts · Criminal liability · Discipline · duty and interest · gross overcharging · Law Blogs · Misconduct · Professional fees and disbursements · Solicitor client bills of costs · Taxations

An English legal ethics man in Miami

February 27th, 2008 · No Comments

My impression is that the legal ethics dialogue is highly developed in the United States. The extent to which people practice what is preached over there is something I have heard word about but can’t guess at too accurately. Maybe its lawyers are more prone to extreme badness and so the discussion has more to […]

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Tags: Judges · Law Blogs

On blogging

February 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The other day, I did a very geeky thing which was also a bit unonline. I had a coffee with fellow lawyer blogger, the mysterious Legal Eagle. One result of the coffee was that somehow I charmed her into writing a second case note of interest to readers of this blog — this time on […]

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Tags: Law Blogs · No win no fee · Professional fees and disbursements · Retainers · setting aside costs agreements