Weekend Wrap: Hall & Wilcox announced a Perth expansion

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Making legal headlines this week, Hall & Wilcox announced a Perth expansion, Herbert Smith Freehills lawyers prepare to suit up for Variety’s Santa fun run and a shonky legal service has been shut down.

Hall & Wilcox has announced the opening of its office in Perth as the firm continues to expand its insurance practice.  The firm said its national insurance clients are driving its rapid expansion into new markets.

“It’s important to have a Perth presence and to be able to service those clients in the west.  So that was why we made the decision to open the Perth office,” said managing partner Tony Macvean.


Lawyers in Herbert Smith Freehills’ employment team will suit up in Santa outfits for the 7th annual Variety fun run in Sydney tomorrow.  The team has been training hard by doing push-ups around the office and eating chocolate to make sure they fit their outfits, they joked.

“Variety is invaluable to many children who need equipment and therapy to help them get the most out of life.  Providing equipment and therapy can mean kids are able to participate more at school and in the playground and this helps children gain independence and self-esteem,” said team leader Zoe Adams-Lau.
 

A Melbourne-based online legal service offering to help students who failed the International English Language Testing System test has been shut down after a court hear that the site’s owner had fabricated testimonials spruiking the service’s success. 

The service offered the legal services of Leon Burger, who claimed to be legally trained.  But, during the proceedings in which Burger represented himself, the judge said his legal training was clearly a fabrication as well.

Burger was taken to court by IDP Education and IELTS, which is owned by Cambridge University, the British Council and IELTS Australia, who sought to have the misleading site removed.
 

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