HSF named best Australian law grad recruiter for third year

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HSF named best Australian law grad recruiter for third year
Herbert Smith Freehills has been named Australia’s leading recruiter of law graduates for the third year in a row.

The news was announced last Thursday by GradAustralia as part of an event in Sydney honouring the top 100 graduate employers in the country.

“The opportunities we provide to work on some of the most complex and challenging matters and transactions in the market for the best clients ensures our graduates learn, grow and excel while developing rich and lasting relationships with colleagues,” said Sue Gilchrist, HSF’s regional managing partner for Asia and Australia who added that among the graduates that join the firm are its future leaders.

“Being a lawyer is of course about more than just exceptional technical skill. We recruit graduates from a diverse range of backgrounds with fresh perspectives, intellectual curiosity and rigour and the ability to develop exceptional working relationships,” Ms Gilchrist added.

Law firm announces scholarship for PNG students
Norton Rose Fulbright is supporting legal studies in Papua New Guinea with a scholarship for law students who have already committed to undergraduate studies.

The scholarship will provide ongoing support as well as funding to help with the major costs of studies.

“I have been a passionate advocate for young people in my home country for decades,” commented Norton Rose Fulbright principal in PNG, Mrs Karo Lelai. “This new scholarship will make a big difference to the recipients’ lives and I encourage all eligible PNG law students to apply.”

The firm held an event to mark the official opening of its Port Moresby office last week.

Canadian law society takes action on referral fees
The Law Society of Upper Canada has voted to curb the use of referral fees for lawyers and advertising by lawyers that do not actually provide the services.

The use of referral fees is common in personal injury law but Ontario’s lawyers will face a new cap on the fees but have avoided a total ban.

The society also voted to outlaw the marketing of legal services which are not provided under the stated terms, such as lawyers passing clients to other firms to provide services at different rates to those advertised.