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31 Jul 2020
There is no denying how the novel coronavirus has had a significant impact on Australia’s economy and employment rate. Unemployment has become a serious issue as in June alone the country went from 69,300 to 992,3000. That has caused the unemployment rate to hit 7.4 per cent, which is the highest number it has been since 1998.

Many sectors where these job losses occurred were already dealing with issues and the pandemic wound up being the tipping point. Industries most impacted by COVID-19 and lay-offs are retail, construction, postal services, transport, restaurants, and technical services. In other areas, the existing shortage in skills has been widened due to all of the issues COVID-19 has created for organisations. Businesses are...

2 Mar 2020

While the initial outlay may be significant, the advantages of having an in-house lawyer are considerable, and can generate signifiacnt efficiencies and other business benefits.

The role of a legal counsel is no longer limited to managing the legal risk associated with the business that they work within.

Effective legal counsels now need to partner with the business, understand its problems and produce effective and tangible solutions.

There can be a tendency within some organisations for business units to transfer risk to their in-house legal teams by encouraging or placing pressure on the general counsel (GC) to make commercial decisions.

The job of in-house legal counsel is to comprehend the pressure points, strategy...