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An Employer’s Positive Duty to Prevent Unlawful Sexual Conduct is in Place

Since 12 December 2023, your organisation can face a visit from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). In the latest wave of legislative amendments of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth), businesses are required to take additional reasonable and proportionate steps to eliminate, as far as possible, certain unlawful conduct.

It’s Christmas! Can I direct my employee to take unpaid leave during the end of year shutdown?

With Christmas fast approaching, employers and employees will be turning their minds to organising leave arrangements over closedown (or ‘shutdown’) periods.
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Hicksons 2022/23 Holiday Closure Period

Hicksons will be closed for a three-week duration over the Christmas and New Year period.

Australian Financial Review: Hicksons Lawyers Leads As Law Firms Hit Gender Parity

Hicksons is proud to be recognised for leading the trend of more female Partners, with over 50% female representation across the firm’s partnership.In a recent Australian Financial Review article, Hicksons was highlighted for having the highest proportion of female partners across all firms in the 2023 Law Partnership Survey.
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‘Recognising our next generation leaders’ – Hicksons elevates four to senior positions

Hicksons is pleased to announce the promotion of our next generation leaders, including three Senior Associates and one Associate.  

Vicarious Liability, Criminal Acts, and Volunteers

Adam Kneale claimed damages from the Footscray Football Club (Club) for injuries, loss, and damage suffered as a result of child sexual abuse by Graeme Hobbs and others. The trial proceeded before a judge and a jury of 6. 
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Hicksons Lawyers recognised in Lawyers Weekly's 30 Under 30 Awards

Committed to investing in the growth of our people, Hicksons is proud to share following members of the firm have been recognised as finalists for the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards for 2024:  

Dynamic Business: How can SMEs navigate the ethical challenges inherent in AI adoption?

In a recent Dynamic Business article, Hicksons Legal Digital Transformation Partner, David Fischl, discusses the benefits AI brings to SMEs as well as the 8 principles SMEs should consider when using AI.

Falling from Heights – Courts consider imposing fines which might crush business viability

In recent years, District Court Judges have dramatically increased the penalties that businesses, their staff and owners (officers) face for Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) breaches. Firmly within their sights has been matters of workers falling from heights - and arguably rightfully so. Despite this, the recent involvement of Hicksons Lawyers in a fall from heights prosecution delivered a verdict that demonstrated that the Courts are not aimlessly imposing crushing fines with the sole purpose of destroying the culprit business. Rather, subject to the circumstances, the Courts are still willing to exercise their discretion to significantly reduce the penalty imposed.  
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Hicksons appoints new Commercial Dispute Resolution Partner and Senior Associate

Hicksons is excited to welcome both Troy Gurnett, Partner, and Liam Maguire, Senior Associate, to Hicksons’ Commercial Dispute Resolution Team.  

Will you be protected if you provide medical advice through an app?

There has been a proliferation of businesses in the past decade both globally and in Australia which provide medical and dental advice over the internet. The appeal to patients is obvious: convenience, low expenses and instantaneousness. But if you are the medical practitioner employed or contracted by these businesses and something goes wrong with the treatment provided, will you be afforded the same protection under the law in defending a negligence claim as you would if you had reviewed the patient in a traditional manner (i.e. in person)?

Lawyers Weekly: AI can help legal departments with ‘digital transformation’

“Mastering the use of AI technology, in-house legal teams can make themselves progressive problem solvers and forward thinkers in their organisation” In a Lawyers Weekly article, Hicksons Legal Digital Transformation Partner David Fischl emphasises the importance for corporate counsels to master the use of AI, to drive better outcomes for clients and their own practice.

GLJ: High Court Refuses Permanent Stay in Historical Sexual Abuse Claim

On 1 November 2023, the High Court of Australia delivered its judgment in the matter of GLJ v Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Lismore [2023] HCA 32. The majority of the Court allowed GLJ’s appeal stating that the Court of Appeal was wrong to conclude that there could be no fair trial of the proceedings nor that the proceedings involved an abuse of process. Accordingly, it was held that the proceedings should not have been the subject of an order for a permanent stay and the appeal was dismissed.

Dynamic Business: The talent battle: Winning strategies to attract and keep top employees

As the global job market evolves, businesses grapple with the ongoing challenge of keeping top talent. Holding onto skilled professionals is crucial for a business’ ongoing success. In a recent Dynamic Business article, Hicksons’ Managing Partner, Stewart Cameron, shares the 7 ways Hicksons works to attract and retain talent across the legal industry.
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Hicksons recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2023

Hicksons is excited to be recognised as in the 2023 Doyle’s Guide across the following categories:  Leading Workers Compensation Law Firms (Defendant) – New South Wales, 2023Leading Professional Indemnity Law Firms – New South Wales, 2023Leading Compulsory Third Party Insurance Law Firms – New South Wales, 2023Leading Medical Negligence & Malpractice Law Firms (Defendant) – New South Wales, 2023

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