How the Internet of Things will affect the future of litigation

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the latest phase in the evolution of the internet, bringing with it unprecedented access and insights into people’s lives….

Informal communications with judges’ chambers: a professional and risk management issue

There are well established and clear protocols for communications with judges and judges’ chambers. However, breaches of protocols are not uncommon. By GREG COUSTON and…

Assisting the ‘missing middle’: funding the costs of litigation

As reflected in the Government’s recent Productivity Commission Inquiry Report, ‘access to justice’ in civil litigation, is frequently limited to ‘big business’, high net worth…

Ethical dilemma FAQs: December 2014

The Ethics Committee and Department of the Law Society provides guidance on ethical issues to all practitioners.

Class actions: justice, funding and the next game changer

The desire to provide access to justice has resulted in what many have described as a “plaintiff-friendly” Federal Court class action regime in Australia. By…

Commenced: Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010

The difficulties in conducting litigation across the Tasman Sea have been significantly diminished by the introduction of new federal legislation. On 11 October 2013, the Trans-Tasman…

Adequacy of judicial reasons: back to law school

Local Court decisions are appealable to the Supreme Court on the basis of failure to provide adequate reasons. For reasons to be adequate they must…