Weekend wrap: Lawyers to rally against legal aid funding cuts

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Making legal news this week, lawyers around the country are set to rally as a part of Law Week to lend support to a major campaign; a big four accounting firm has appointed a new GC; and a Melbourne firm has relaunched with an entirely virtual service.
Lawyers across the country are set to join rallies and events next week as part of a major national campaign on legal aid funding.
Legal aid funding was declared in a state of crisis after the 2016 Federal Budget handed down last week confirmed the government would be standing behind cuts announced in the 2014-15 Budget, as well as making further cuts in 2017.
“Whoever wins this election must commit to properly fund legal aid and end this needless crisis once and for all,” Law Council of Australia president Stuart Clark AM said.

KPMG has appointed ex-Herbert Smith Freehills partner, Louise Capon, as partner and general counsel in Australia. Capon will be replacing Anne Collins who will take up the role of KPMG’s international global general counsel in London.
“This is a rare opportunity to work across all divisions of an organisation at an exciting time in its growth trajectory in Australia,” Capon said of her new appointment.

Finally, Melbourne law firm KKR Lawyers has relaunched as fully virtual firm Arro this week, as it seeks to target “entrepreneurial and techie millennials”.
Clients will be able to speak with a lawyer instantly, access documents and critical information, create and receive products, and pay for products and services all completely online on a subscription-fee basis.
“Really what we want to do is create an environment that allows customers to get [advise] in a way that they want to experience the transaction,” founder Simon Reid told Australasian Lawyer.