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Legal Ethics and Social Media

Legal Ethics and Social Media - lawyers looking at laptops

Social media is now being increasingly used by lawyers and firms for business development and networking purposes, but some ethical risks can undermine the benefits and opportunities these new communication channels offer.

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Getting the Most Out of Your CPD Opportunity

There is less than one month to go before the CPD deadline and many lawyers are scrambling to get CPD compliant before the March 31st deadline.  A recent study published by the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association found that 80% of the 100 lawyer respondents completed their CPD requirements in February and March. This figure is quite alarming considering that the points can be gained all year long.

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Social Media and Its Impact on Trials

risks of jury using social media during trials

In this day and age, social media has found its way in to all areas of our life from work to home – but there is somewhere it just doesn’t belong, the jury room.

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Update on PPSA Commencement

It looks like the Personal Property Securities Act is set to be delayed until after 1 February 2012.  Two days ago, the Attorney-General introduced a Bill to Parliament designed to give him flexibility to further delay the registration commencement date for the Personal Property Securities regime.

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PPSA Commencement Delayed - Again!

The Personal Property Securities Act commencement date has been delayed a second time, causing lawyers and financiers throughout the country breathe a sigh of relief.  Many firms and businesses will welcome the extra time to prepare for the sweeping changes which will be made to the law when the Act comes into force.  

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Mental Health and the Legal Profession

Most lawyers have heard the gloomy statistics – they are around five times more likely to suffer from depression over the course of their lifetime than the general population.

This is not a surprise to anyone who has practised law, which involves long hours working in a high-pressure environment with tight deadlines and high billing targets.  Add to this the fact that lawyers have to think negatively to constantly anticipate and avoid “worst case scenarios” for clients, and you have a recipe for stress, anxiety and depression.

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