The Lawyers Weekly Show

The Lawyers Weekly Show


The Lawyers Weekly Show takes an in-depth look at the world of law in Australia. Produced by Australia’s leading legal title Lawyers Weekly, the podcast brings a personal touch to legal news. Our editorial team talking to lawyers and other sector experts with fascinating careers, ground-breaking case work or insights into the profession. Check here for updates or visit for the latest legal business updates


Tackling the elephant in the room  

Lawyers Weekly publisher and host Will Magee and batyr CEO Sam Fefshauge address the importance of promoting mental health from a young age. Mr Fefshauge discusses how firms can build a culture where mental health is less stigmatised to give young lawyers the confidence to open up about how they're feeling, both in law school and in the workplace.

Trekking to new heights  

On this episode of The Lawyers Weekly show, a DLA Piper partner shares how she and a team of 10 completed six days trekking the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory to raise funds for an important charity organisation. Lawyers Weekly features editor and host Emma Ryan is joined by Lawyers Weekly publisher Will Magee and DLA Piper finance and projects partner Kate Papailiou to discuss the trek, which was completed to raise funds for Indigenous Community Volunteers – one of the firm’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) partners. Ms Papailiou reveals the highlights of the trek and the perspectives she and the team walked away with upon its completion. She also shares valuable insights on how the firm is tracking for the year ahead and the opportunities available to other legal professionals in this space going forward.

The implications of president-elect Trump  

On this episode of The Lawyers Weekly show, a Washington DC Squire Patton Boggs partner reveals the risks and opportunities available in the wake of Donald Trump becoming the 45th president of the United States. Lawyers Weekly features editor and host Emma Ryan is joined by Lawyers Weekly publisher Will Magee and Squire Patton Boggs partner and head of the firm’s public policy practice, Jeff Turner. Mr Turner is visiting Sydney and Perth this week to undertake exclusive client briefings on the US election and Trump presidency due to his knowledge and contacts at Capitol Hill. Mr Turner highlights how the surprise election of Donald Trump will alter both local and international clients’ businesses, and provides insights on what it’ll mean for legal professionals going forward.

Jet-setting in the field of construction  

On this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, a Clyde & Co partner reveals all about his life as an international construction lawyer.

Litigation Funding vs Disbursement Funding  

On this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, we look at the rise of firms seeking third party funding, both in the form of litigation funding and disbursement funding.

In-house attraction  

In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, the head of legal, Australia and New Zealand, of Dell Technologies, Kristin Brown, shares insights into the world of in-house.

Legal Firm of Choice Report Analysed  

On this week’s episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show we discuss the findings from the Momentum Intelligence Legal Firm of Choice Report 2016 in partnership with Lawyers Weekly.

Big 4 vs Traditional Law Firm  

On this week’s episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, private practice turned PwC partner Natalie Kurdian chats about the benefits of working at a full service consultancy firm.

Commerciality Is King  

This week on The Lawyers Weekly Show, College of Law adjunct professor Kylie Virtue joins us to divulge how law graduates can best prepare for life in practice.

Kenya calls to charitable lawyers  

Two Wotton + Kearney lawyers share how their professional and corporate responsibility to pro bono and charitable work resulted in a trip to Kenya on the latest episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show.

A long way to go on the road of diversity  

On this week’s episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, the Australian managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs joins us to discuss diversity in the legal profession.

From safety law to songwriting  

On the latest episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, a Clyde & Co safety partner cum singer provides an update on the harmonisation of health and safety law and gives her opinion on the diversity issue in the profession.

Robo-advice and related legal work  

This week on The Lawyers Weekly Show, King & Wood Mallesons partner Nathan Hodge reveals the ins and outs of robo-advice and the related work that lawyers are undertaking. Robo-advice tools provide a range of financial advice to clients, from quite general to very complex, as well as recommending what assets clients should invest in next. While there are no specific laws that apply to robo-advice tools, they must fit in to the boundaries of existing laws, which Mr Hodge likens to "a square peg in a round hole".

Fintech the way of the future  

In this episode of the Lawyers Weekly Show we chat with a lawyer from Ashurst who is a driving force behind the firms’ involvement with fintech. Our host, Lawyers Weekly journalist Lara Bullock, is joined by Ashurst lawyer Brandy Tsang who is an advocate for lawyers deepening their knowledge of fintech. Ms Tsang belief that fintech touches many areas of law has stemmed to her involvement in organising internal CLE’s and external presentations up-skilling other lawyers in relation to fintech. As a young lawyer, Ms Tsang has benefited from a background in public speaking and drama and even dabbled in stand-up comedy to boost her confidence.

Opportunities in the Big Apple  

Two Major, Lindsay & Africa consultants join up to look at the opportunities for Australian-qualified lawyers in the New York legal market on the latest episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show. Our host, Lawyers Weekly journalist Lara Bullock, is joined by Hong Kong-based legal search consultant Nathan Peart and Sydney-based researcher Mikaela Orme of Major, Lindsey & Africa. Mr. Peart and Ms. Orme explain how the E-3 Visa has made it a lot easier for Australian citizens to be able to work in America and that New York firms are increasingly looking at Aussie lawyers as potential candidates now that the process has been made simpler. While the work load is often hard, the remuneration and relocation packages offered by firms are often generous, and the support given to foreign lawyers preparing to sit the New York Bar exam has made it less daunting than it once was.

Does in-house live up to its allure?  

In this episode of the Lawyers Weekly Show a recruiter sheds light on the attraction of working in-house and what to expect once you’ve made the move. Host Stefanie Garber is joined by Dolman Legal Recruitment general manager and in-house specialist Phillip Hunter and Lawyers Weekly publisher Will Magee to discuss why private practice lawyers are often tempted to move in house and if it lives up to their expectations. Mr. Hunter reveals that in-house roles often go one of two ways; either very generalist, or very niche, and both come with benefits and drawbacks. Lawyers considering the move are cautioned to think carefully before making the leap as the transition back to private practice can be tricky.

Brexit bringing lawyers home  

On this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show we look into recruitment trends in the new financial year and the impact the Brexit has had on bringing Australian lawyers home. Our host, Lawyers Weekly journalist Lara Bullock, is joined by Taylor Root Australia manager Matt Harris, who shed light on how lawyers have responded to their end of financial year bonuses and pay rises. The amount of candidate movement is slightly higher than usual, with more young lawyers interested in making a shift than any other group. While the impact and implications of the Brexit remain to be fully seen, the flow of lawyers from Australia to the UK may reverse as demand in London drops.

Drone Usage And Related Legal Work Reach New Heights  

This week on The Lawyers Weekly Show we take a look at the rising use of drones for commercial and retail purposes and the laws and regulations that accompany them. Our host, Lawyers Weekly journalist Lara Bullock, is joined by Piper Alderman partner James Lawrence who is somewhat of a drone law expert. Mr Lawrence shed light on the incredible growth rate of drone usage and the potential growth yet to come. With this rise there are two tangible trends; a reduction of red tape with new Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations coming in to effect in 29 September, contrasted by the need for more privacy laws stemming from recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). The space is changing and it’s something that lawyers in many practice areas need to be across.

Revamping the law firm model  

In the latest episode, the Lawyers Weekly Show speaks with Salvos Legal managing partner Luke Geary about formulating a healthier law firm model based on incentives other than equity. Under the current system, most law firms reward lawyers for long hours at the office - and the carrot for working harder tends to be moving up the ladder, towards the end goal of equity partnership. In Mr Geary's view, this model fails to recognise other contributions made by lawyers and can detract from their relationships and other pursuits. In particular, he warns this approach is unlikely to motivate and retain millenials, alienating the next generation of talent. Our host and acting editor, Stefanie Garber, chats with Mr Geary about the potential issues with the current structure and how firms can re-think their models to create a more motivating environment primed for the future.

Bringing creativity back to the law.  

Lawyers Weekly speaks with corporate lawyer Paul Rubenstein, who believes bringing more creativity to the table can allow a lawyer to become a more trusted advisor.

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