Weekend wrap

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Making legal news this week, a new project has revealed the best firms for women, Norton Rose Fulbright has worked out a new way to utilise student labour and industry leaders have weighed in on industry flux.

A project by the Women Lawyers Association has revealed the best firms for women

Maddocks, Gilbert + Tobin, Holding Redlich, Hall & Wilcox and King & Wood Mallesons all stood out as exceeding the female partner average (in both total partnership and equity partnership categories).  Ashurst followed closely behind, only just missing out on the general partner mark but achieving the equity partnership average.

Norton Rose Fulbright launched a flexible and cost effective legal service using law students, freeing up the time of busy graduate lawyers. 

Insurance lawyer Tricia Hobson came up with the idea, saying that it’s a good way for students to get practical experience given the tough job market.

Finally, leaders have weighed in on the flux of the legal industry, identifying the increasing capability of in-house teams and of technology as major factors of influence at a lecture held by UTS.

“We’ve seen an intense focus on value and delivering with new efficiencies,” said PwC legal services leader Tony O’Malley.