Smarter Lawcast specials


A series of one-off episodes where our experts discuss hot topics. We kick off with an International Women’s Day special about women in the legal sector, followed by an analysis of what caused the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. We cover how to invest with purpose and impact. Our latest episode discusses how to prepare for the new Unfair Contracts Terms regime.

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New unfair contract terms regime: are you ready?

The new unfair contracts terms regime comes into force from 9 November. The ACCC and ASIC have signalled that this will be an enforcement priority, and so the new regime will be an important part of a business’s risk and compliance program. Suzie Leask, James Deady and Mark Lebbon outline the changes, which include significant civil penalties and an increase in the number of businesses that these laws will apply to, and offer tips for how businesses can get ready.

You can also find more information on our Unfair Contract Terms Resource Centre.

Investing with purpose

Chris Brown interviews Scott Fletcher about impact investment. What is it, how does it differ from ESG, has it taken off in Australia and what sort of investors does impact investing appeal to?

Silicon Valley Bank: what happened?

Jacqui Barrett interviews Jason Schneiderman, about the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. What caused the collapse? How did social media play a part in sparking the run on the bank? What are the implications for startups, funding and venture capital now that SVB, which was one of the few banks willing to lend money to startups, is gone?

IWD special: You can’t be what you can’t see

Four of our female leaders – Emma Woolley, Natalie Bannister, Barbara Casado and Ann Watson – share their experiences with Managing Partner Tony Macvean about what we can continue to do to ensure better gender equity within our firm and the legal sector. They reflect on what’s working and what’s not, how great it is that so many women now have a seat at the table, the importance of role models, and what needs to be done so that we are not having the same conversation in 10 years’ time.

Key contacts

Episode one
Emma Woolley
Partner & Head of Family Office Advisory

Emma has extensive experience advising clients in estate planning/administration, succession, trust structures and disputes.

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Natalie Bannister
Partner & Commercial National Practice Leader

Natalie leads the Hall & Wilcox's Commercial practice and has broad experience across many areas of commercial law.

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Barbara works with insurers to resolve CTP and liability claims. She is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law.

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Ann is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer with a particular focus on restructuring and insolvency.

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As Managing Partner of Hall & Wilcox for over 15 years, Tony has led the firm through substantial growth.

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Episode two
Jacqui Barrett
Partner & Head of US Desk

Jacqui assists clients with mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, capital raisings and managed investment schemes.

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Episode three
  • Fluent in French - Conversational | German - Conversational

Chris advises on public company takeovers and private M&A deals; business and share sales, equity investments and joint ventures.

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