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Lawyers Weekly: ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’: The Emergence Of AI Washing

“AI in law is our generation’s iron man suit. With great power comes great responsibility.”   In a recent Lawyers Weekly article, Hicksons Legal Digital Transformation Partner David Fischl comments on the regulatory risks and other impacts of AI washing, along with thoughts on the best practices for the legal profession moving forward.  “AI washing has the potential to erode the sacred trust that we have with our clients. It is crucial that we, as lawyers, do not lose sight of this.”
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Australian Financial Review: A Managing Partner's guide to great skiing

“When Stewart Cameron isn’t heading up Hicksons Lawyers, he’s hankering for an opportunity to shred the pow”   In a recent Australian Financial Review (AFR) ‘Time Out’ Q&A, Hicksons’ Managing Partner, Stewart Cameron shares some of how he achieves a work life balance.  
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Dynamic Business: Balancing productivity and employee wellbeing

In a recent Dynamic Business article, Hicksons’ Managing Partner, Stewart Cameron shares the significance of a ‘putting people first’ in ensuring productivity and mental well-being in the workplace.“The balance between employee wellbeing and productivity occurs once you put people first.” “A supportive work environment is important, including providing regular guidance, an inclusive culture and meaningful work”.  
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Employee or Contractor? What the law says about Sham Contracts

What are the new changes, and how can my business defend itself against sham contracting claims?   Employment relationships can be complex, and understanding how to manage them is often key. Most would think that the law was clear on who is considered an employee, and who is a contractor? In this case, you would be wrong.    
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Permanent Impairment: Is your assessor correctly assessing psychological injuries?

In New South Wales, the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (‘SIRA’) provides Guidelines for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment in Workers Compensation claims. The purpose of the Guidelines is to ensure trained medical assessors consistently provide objective, fair and consistent assessments of permanent impairment.
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Hicksons Lawyers recognised in the 2025 Edition of Best Lawyers in Australia

Hicksons is delighted to share that a number of our lawyers have been acknowledged in the 2025 Edition of Best Lawyers in Australia.  
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Tech Day: AI-Washing - A new wave of ethical and legal considerations for corporate Australia

“AI is the technology and innovation of our time. We should ensure it is able to prosper without being thwarted by the misleading behaviour of the minority.”
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GovTech Review: Automated decision-making systems: ensuring transparency

In a recent GovTech Review article, Hicksons Legal Digital Transformation Partner David Fischl and Solicitor Elias Dehsabzi discuss the rise of government agencies using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automated Decision Making (ADM) systems.
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Kezia David Named as an Elite Woman by Insurance Business for 2024

Hicksons is pleased to share Kezia David has been nominated as an Elite Woman by Insurance Business for 2024.
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Laura Charlton Won Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Award 2024

Hicksons is proud to share Laura Charltonhas won Lawyers Weekly’s 30 Under 30 Award 2024 for the Insurance Category.
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Employing Workers On Fixed Term Contracts – The Rules Have Changed

In the whirlwind of 2023 employment law reform, the unfettered power for employers to engage employees on indefinite rolling fixed term contracts was kicked to the curb from 6 December 2023 (although some industries may still have until 1 July 2024 before these rules apply to them).   A fixed term contract is an employment contract that terminates at the end of an identifiable period, for example, on a specified date or when a specific project is completed. Many businesses use these to engage workers for a two-year period, followed by a second, third, or forth two-year period (for example).  
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Tech Day: The legal implications of AI chatbots for Australian firms

“As technology continues to permeate all aspects of business, Australian businesses must  consider the legal implications of using artificial intelligence (AI) to interact with customers.”
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Lawyers Weekly: What the gender pay gap looks like at Australia’s biggest firms

Hicksons is proud to be featured in a recent article from Lawyers Weekly as leading the way for gender pay parity across the legal sector.    New data from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) confirms Hicksons has a 0% base salary and a 2% total gender remuneration gap. The article noted: ‘Hicksons have some of the best data’ and‘…sits well below the legal sector average’, which is a testament to the firm’s approach to fostering a rewarding culture across the whole firm.  
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Meki Jnr Puletua by his Tutor Sosefina Puletua v Sydney Childrens Hospital [2024] NSWSC 64 – What is a material change in circumstances that could justify resiling from a settlement agreement?

Following settlement negotiations in a claim involving an infant plaintiff, terms of settlement were signed. In the usual course, a listing date had been allocated for the approval of the terms of settlement by the Supreme Court of NSW.   In the lead up to the infant approving Hearing, the plaintiff’s legal advisors requested that the matter be urgently heard as the plaintiff’s health had suddenly deteriorated and he was now in a critical condition. The Court agreed to hear the matter on Sunday, 14 January 2024 given that it was in the interest of both common humanity and administrative justice for the Court to have the opportunity to deal with the matter during the plaintiff’s lifetime.
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Right to disconnect won't cause "significant" change

Employees’ new right to disconnect, was included in the Closing Loopholes No.2 Bill passed by Parliament earlier this month and will take effect six months after the legislation receives Royal Assent.

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