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Quinn Emanuel AMP financing heralds era of class action beauty pageants

The financing arrangement underwriting Quinn Emanuel’s shareholder class action against AMP, which will earn its partner Burford Capital a record low 10 percent of any recovery, sets a new standard in class action litigation funding, and is expected to spark greater price competition in the industry.
“It’s a case of Burford throwing a spanner in the works,” said UNSW Professor of Law Michael Legg, of the funding arrangement behind Quinn’s class action in the NSW Supreme Court, the first of three class actions now filed against AMP in the wake of the Hayne Royal Commission.
“To have the rate come down that dramatically, wh

$26M funding cut to hobble ASIC, experts say

The Federal Government’s $26 million cut to ASIC’s budget has been blasted by experts and the opposition for undermining the corporate regulator, already facing the heat of the Banking Royal Commission.
The government is “all bark and no bite”, Labor MP Matt Keogh said Thursday in response to the Australian Financial Review’s exclusive report that ASIC’s permanent budget would be reduced from $346 million to $320 million and investigator numbers slashed by 30.
It claims to be big on white collar enforcement, but then it hobbles the enforcer, Keogh told Lawyerly.

New Policy Brief Released: Making the Global Compacts Work

The sheer number of people displaced around the world today raises the question: can governments respond effectively to large-scale movements of people? Tens of millions of refugees remain in protracted limbo simply because there are few solutions. Yet this year, for example, the United States has accepted only 11 Syrian refugees.

At this pivotal moment, however, a new expert analysis says game-changing progress is possible – not only for refugees, but also for migrants crossing borders in a world where people are more mobile than ever before.

UNSW Law graduate awarded prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Congratulations to UNSW Law alumna Babette Brophy who has been awarded a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

PhD Excellence Awards - 2017

UNSW Law would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2017 PhD Excellence Awards.

Cockatoos and conflict: UNSW Law students enjoy mooting success

UNSW Law students have shone at prestigious international mooting competitions in Oxford and Hong Kong.

Young Law leaders awarded Asian Exchange Scholarships

Four UNSW Law students are among the 2018 Westpac Asian Exchange Scholars helping to strengthen Australia’s talent pool of future leaders.

From huts to the Roundhouse

Memories of lectures in the “huts” at UNSW flowed freely at the reunion of the first graduating classes of the Law School on 7 March.

Tips for aspiring tipstaves and associates

OPINION: Stella Kim, Lawyers Weekly, 10 June 2016.

Working by a judge's side offers an exclusive opportunity to watch and learn from some of the country’s finest legal practitioners and to witness incredible (and, sometimes, incredibly bad!) advocacy in action.

Here at the UNSW Law Careers Service, we hope to provide some guidance drawing from my experience at the Supreme Court of NSW (NSWSC) last year as well as through speaking to former tipstaves/associates from the High Court of Australia (HCA), Federal Court of Australia (FCA), NSW Court of Appeal (NSWCA) and District Court of NSW (NSWDC).

The legality of internships

OPINION: Stella Kim, Lawyers Weekly, 06 May 2016.

The UNSW Law Careers Service has been running for a little over six months. In this time, we have had enquiries from both students and employers regarding the legitimacy or otherwise of unpaid internships. Needless to say, debate and controversy surround this issue, particularly since the 'fee for internship' scenario in SA last year (ICYMI, here).