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Avinash Singh joins Leaders in Law as the exclusive Criminal Law member in Australia

Leaders in Law, the leading platform in its field, is delighted to welcome Avinash Singh as our exclusively recommended & endorsed Criminal Law expert in Australia.

Avinash Singh is the Principal Lawyer of Astor Legal. He is one of Australia’s most respected and highly sought-after lawyers, having represented some of Australia’s elite sportspeople including Olympians & National Rugby League (NRL) players. His client list has included names such as rugby league great, Andrew Johns.

Mr Singh has worked on some of the country’s most prolific cases for over ten years. He has been recognised by the Law Society as an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, placing him in the top 6% of Australian lawyers

If you require any assistance in this area, please use the contact details provided in Avinash’s profile below or contact us at info@leaders-in-law.com & we will put you in touch.

Jim Doyle joins Leaders in Law as the exclusive Construction Law member in Australia

Leaders in Law, the leading platform in its field, is delighted to welcome Jim Doyle as our exclusively recommended & endorsed Construction Law expert in Australia. Jim’s office is located in Sydney.

Doyles Construction Lawyers was established in 1991 by its Principal Lawyer, Jim Doyle and has since grown expanded into four states with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. We are Construction Law specialists and our expertise includes construction contract reviews and amendments, drafting and structuring, building dispute resolution, construction negotiation, payment claims, litigation, arbitration, general advice and more.

Jim Doyle is the Director of Doyles Construction Lawyers, established in 1991. Doyles Construction Lawyers acts for all construction industry participants and represents parties at all stages of project development, from planning , tendering, design and construction, to project delivery and dispute resolution.

If you require any assistance in this area, please use the contact details provided in Jim’s profile below or contact us at info@leaders-in-law.com & we will put you in touch.

Pursuing your rights to recover your loss after an accident

The aftermath of an accident might be harsh as you may not be eligible to sustain your life securely and continue your profession. Your physical condition and economic safety are likely to decrease correspondingly as lack of earning capacity might put the victim at risk of further difficulties. Others’ wrongful actions or lack of commitment to take reasonable care conduces to accidents that may have negative effects on the victim’s life. The laws were put into force with the aim of decreasing the human factor in accidents and helping to relieve the post-accident difficulties of victims by awarding monetary damages. As seen in the laws, whilst interacting with others or occupying the same roads, individuals are obliged to hesitate to act in a way that may be harmful to others.

The legal duty to act responsibly is the duty of care

Your actions might harm others. Even if your intention is not to harm, certain actions that have the potential to cause an accident is determined as wrongful actions. These safety violations can be committed at work, in traffic, whilst treating a patient and undergoing surgery, in an event that you host or in a business place that serves consumption products. The form of negligence varies as your actions or lack of taking an action against the potential risk factors might conduce to the same conclusions.

In a medical centre, the whole treatment process may be damaged by the negligence of the medical attendant at duty. The first step of medical care is usually the diagnosis stage. During the diagnosis, the medical attendant’s error or certain defective products may cause the condition to be evaluated falsely. If x-ray machines aren’t operating correctly or the professional using these devices aren’t capable of evaluating the results correctly, the treatment process is likely to diverge. The post-diagnosis process will be entirely dependent on the patient’s evaluated medical condition that has incorrectly evaluated.

The use of machinery and robotic surgeries are getting more common and beneficial in medical treatments. These are the advantages of technology that can be beneficial if utilised correctly. Other than the surgeons’ errors, the machines and devices involved in the surgery have the potential to harm the patient. These devices may be operating incorrectly due to production defects or as in the diagnosis stage, the cause of the harm might be the human factor. Everything that is electric-powered or using a clockwork mechanism requires regular maintenance. Lack of maintenance, operating the devices incorrectly or the use of recalled, prohibited or incorrect devices may be the cause of harm.

Fundamentals of the duty of care

Being the cause of an accident in the workplace might put you in legal troubles as the employer’s duty of care is to provide total safety. Generally, work accidents are preventable. Even if not, the impact can be reduced noteworthily. Natural causes are usually blamed after work accidents. In fact, even the toughest work conditions can be improved by taking sufficient care. As the employer, the source of risk might be you. Preventive measures should be taken to keep the workers safe. Generally, lack of sufficient protective equipment, inadequate work conditions due to high risks, incorrectly appointing workers to operate machinery and performing these tasks in a timely are the main causes of work accidents.

These are preventable risks that a reasonable employer would care about. The personal injury laws demand the employers act responsibly by designing the workplace suitable for the safety standards issued by the authorities. Failing to do so might have legal consequences as the victim’s loss might be hard to resist.

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Arda Seyman

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DLA Piper Boosts Australian Restructuring Practice

DLA Piper has hired restructuring partner Lionel Meehan for its Melbourne office ahead of an expected spike in pandemic-related restructures.

Meeham, who starts on August 1, joins from his own boutique insolvency and restructuring firm Edwin Legal. He has experience in financial restructuring, large-scale insolvency and commercial law, and knowledge across the resources, construction, financial services and fintech sectors, DLA Piper said.

Before founding Edwin Legal in October last year, Meehan was a partner at Ashurst in Australia for a decade and a senior associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London for five years.

“Given the current global economic conditions and the recently announced temporary changes to Australian insolvency laws in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect to see an increase in global restructuring activity,” said DLA Piper’s managing partner in Australia, Amber Matthews.

“Lionel will form a key part of our international restructuring practice, supporting clients across the Asia Pacific region.”

Meehan’s experience in front-end restructuring and special situations, as well as transactional banking and back-end insolvency, will be a valuable addition to DLA Piper’s Australian and global Restructuring practice, said firm’s Australia head of finance, projects and restructuring in Onno Bakker.

Sydney

K&L Gates Hires Sydney Finance Partner From Hogan Lovells

Global law firm K&L Gates continues to expand its finance practice with the appointment of Richard Hayes as a partner in the Sydney office. Hayes, who brings a dedicated focus on acquisition and funds financings and general corporate finance, joins K&L Gates from Hogan Lovells.

With admissions and extensive experience in Australia, England, and New York, Hayes represents many international organizations with their multi-jurisdictional financing arrangements. His lender clients include global investment banks, commercial banks, and debt funds while, on the borrower side, he supports private equity and other investment firms and corporations.

For over 25 years, Hayes has advised clients in relation to the financing of acquisitions, refinancings, restructurings, recapitalizations, and work-outs. With current market conditions having forced these latter practices to the fore, the ability to work with the practitioners at K&L Gates was pivotal in Hayes’ decision to join the firm.

“My practice is truly international and I look forward to leveraging the strength of K&L Gates’ global platform, including collaborating with the firm’s highly regarded restructuring and insolvency, tax, and corporate teams, to the benefit of my clients,” said Hayes.

Nick Nichola, K&L Gates’ Managing Partner, Australia, stated: “Richard’s appointment provides our finance practice with a broader service offering and significantly deeper coverage in relation to the financing of acquisitions and debt capital markets generally. Richard has a reputation for taking on tough and complex work. As our clients respond to the challenges of 2020, he is the ideal lawyer to assist them in achieving the best possible risk mitigation and in seizing the opportunities that are available in today’s market.”

The arrival of Hayes builds on other recent appointments in Australia since late 2019, including Melbourne corporate partner Harry Kingsley, Perth corporate partner James Clyne, and financial services partners Kane Barnett and Paul Faure in Sydney and Melbourne, respectively. K&L Gates’ corporate practice also has continued to expand across the firm’s global platform in recent months through the appointments of new partners in BostonFrankfurtHong Kong, and Paris, with the firm having welcomed a total of more than 25 new partners and of counsel during 2020.

Skadden closes sole office in Sydney

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has confirmed it is closing its Sydney office – the US firm’s only base in Australia. The six-staff office will shut down in the first half of this year with all staff understood to be departing from the firm aside from co-head of Skadden Arps corporate finance group Adrian Deitz who will remain based in Sydney and operate as part of the firm’s Singapore and Hong Kong team.

The rest of the corporate-focused team, which comprises one partner, one retired, two counsel and one associate are understood to be reviewing their options.

Skadden Arps first launched in Sydney in 1989 and since represented Australian and New Zealand clients on the US aspects of cross-border transactions, such as corporate finance and M&A deals.

Highlight deals for the office, listed on the firm’s website date back to 2014 and include representing the Commonwealth of Australia and Medibank Private on Medibank’s A$5.679bn initial public offering and listing on the Australian Stock Exchange; and advising Meridian Energy in its partial privatisation and $1.6bn initial public offering by the government of New Zealand, which was done in 2013.

The news follows two of the founders of Clifford Chance’s Australian arm, including the firm’s Sydney managing partner, confirming they are stepping down from their roles at the Magic Circle firm on Tuesday (9 February).

Elsewhere down under, Clyde & Co hired two partners from Norton Rose Fulbright in a bid to build up its occupational health and safety team in Sydney, with Michael Tooma and Alena Titterton joining along with eight other lawyers. This followed the firm’s appointment of a 30-lawyer team late last year, also in the Sydney office after it picked up five partners who joined the firm with another 25 lawyers, all from Lee & Lyons.