Weekend Wrap: Victorian Supreme Court judge appointed

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Making legal news this week, a Supreme Court judge was appointed in Victoria; Tim Carmody has lost a bid to keep recordings of an explosive conversation between judges private and Brisbane firm Barry.Nilsson. announced its expansion plans.
Judge Maree Kennedy has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.  Kennedy, currently a County Court judge, was praised for her leadership in a statement issued by attorney-general Martin Pakula this week.
“Judge Kennedy has shown exceptional leadership as a County Court judge and she will bring a wealth of experience to her new role,” he said of the appointment.
Former Queensland chief justice Tim Carmody has lost a battle to keep explosive recordings of a conversation from during his controversial term, private.  The recording and other documents are expected to be made public, after the Courier Mail successfully appealed a right of information request.
“It would provide the public with a more complete picture of the relevant events and the background to the conflict and disharmony within the court around the issues as well as giving context to the information that has already been disclosed,” Right to Information Commissioner Clare Smith said in her decision to overturn the bid to keep it hidden.
Brisbane firm Barry.Nilsson. has announced it will expand its footprint nationally, opening offices in Adelaide and Hobart in coming months, following a merger with Winter Hilditch & Fotheringham.  The firm will also be expanding its Sydney operation.

“Notably, we have expanded carefully and selectively by only recruiting staff who are attracted to our values and client-focused service,” said managing partner Don Leembruggen.