Dentons launches Australian transgender legal service

by Steve Randall20 Sep 2018

Dentons has teamed up with the Inner City Legal Service in NSW to launch the landmark Trans and Gender Diverse Legal Service

The pro bono service provides trans and gender diverse people and their families with advice on any legal aspect connected with their transgender or gender diverse status.

“This targeted legal service is the first pro bono service in Australia that focusses specifically on helping trans and gender diverse individuals,” Partner and GLOW Executive Sponsor, Ben Allen.

He added that trans and gender diverse people face unique legal issues and he is pleased the firm is able to help this vulnerable community.

“My hope is that the Trans and Gender Diverse Legal Service will be the first of many free legal service outlets that are dedicated to supporting the trans and gender diverse community,” he said.

Bar Council concerned over proposed training reforms
The body representing barristers in England & Wales says it is concerned about potential changes which it says could dilute the profession.

The UK’s Bar Standards Board is proposing several amendments to current rules, including an exemption for solicitor advocates from part of the qualification period.

This, the Bar Council says, will enable solicitors to gain admission to the bar as a “badge of honour” while avoiding the harder route to admission taken by barristers.

The Law Society Gazette reports that the Bar Council is also concerned that fast-tracking academics through two of the three training stages would be detrimental as not all professors of law will have the necessary breadth of skills.

The Bar Services Board is due to finalise its proposed rule changes in the coming months and they could come into effect in 2019.

HSF lawyers advised HK condiments firm on U$695m deal
Herbert Smith Freehills lawyers in Beijing have advised Hong Kong-listed firm Huabao International on its US$695 million acquisition of prominent Chinese condiment company Jiahao Foodstuff Limited.

Partner Tom Chau was assisted by senior associate Sherry Lai.