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National – COAG Agrees on Plan for National Regulation of Lawyers

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draft legislation to be prepared within 12 months. The last attempt at national uniform regulation was far less ambitious; the process dragged for 15 years and…

National – First Home Buyers Boost to be Reconstructed

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Despite the Prime Minister suggesting that the Boost will end on schedule, it now appears likely that the Boost will continue in a modified form. Details are expected to be released in…

NSW – Legal Services Commissioner Provides Profit Tips for Law Firms

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Steve Mark quoted in  ALB "The whole concept of the billable hour limits firms' profit," said Mark. "The problem is it's used as a charging…

National – Single National Regulator of the Legal Profession and Lawyer Billing Practices

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SCAG Meeting Communiqué: "...COAG be asked to consider the option of a national regulator for the legal profession". "Ministers also agreed to examine options to constrain overcharging…

National – Job Ads Fall

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For the 12 months ended March 2009 The ANZ Bank reports that job advertisements are down by 44.6% for the whole of the Australian economy Link…

National – Non-Bank Lending

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The market share of non-bank lenders collapses to 6.8% in figures reported to December 2008. At July 2007 the market share of non-bank lenders was…

National – More Law Students

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National - More Law Students:  Enrolments at established law schools up between 5% to 10% on last year Link to News Source (News Limited)

National – Migration Cut Back

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The market for migration services may shrink by close to 10% in 2009/10 following a reduction by 18,500 places to the skilled migration program. In the current year…

National – Electronic Conveyancing

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National Electronic Conveyancing System set to commence by end 2011. Commonwealth Government to provide funding if States and Territories stick to implementation timetable. Link to News Source

NSW – Wills Disputes

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New laws come into force 1 March 2009 that give judges the power to limit legal costs in cases involving disputes over wills. Link to News…