Weekend wrap: Aussie NewLaw firm tackles NZ

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Making news this week an Aussie NewLaw firm has head across the Tasman Sea, a well-known QC has been taken to task The NSW Bar Council and Australia’s biggest bank has announced a new GC.
 
Aussie NewLaw firm lexvoco, which seconds in-house legal talent at a lower cost to traditional outsourcing, has taken on New Zealand, launching a New Zealand office after demand from Australian clients.
 
“There are not many businesses from Australia that can justify a New Zealand in-house lawyer and often the Australian legal team would have to try and do the work,” Wright told Australasian Lawyer.
 
Lexvoco is the only NewLaw firm currently operating in both Australia and New Zealand.
 

The NSW Bar Council has given ICAC barrister Geoffrey Watson QC a slap on the wrist after he made inflammatory statements in a newspaper about “the bloody Liberal Party”.
 
“I have done all these cases involving the Labor Party, the police associations ... boy, they are hard. But I have never known anybody to kick and scratch more than the bloody Liberal Party,” Watson was quoted as saying.
 
The article refers to an ICAC inquiry known as Operation Credo, before the findings had been made public. Watson had breached a rule prohibiting barristers from taking steps towards having the media publish material about their current cases.
 
Considering Watson has received no substantial complaints against in over 30 years, the Bar Council considered a caution to be appropriate.

 
Finally, Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev has announced the appointment of Anna Lenahan as incoming group general counsel and group executive group corporate affairs.
 
Lenahan, who hails from the corporate partnership at Allens, will join CBA from her role as group general counsel and company secretary for Suncorp Group. She will replace David Cohen, who has been appointed group chief risk officer.
 
 

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