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Female board hires dominate for first time

More women than men are being appointed to the boards of Australia's top 200 companies for the first time on record.

New judge appointed to WA Supreme Court

Barrister John Vaughan has been appointed a judge of the WA Supreme Court, filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Justice Peter Martino.

Caroline Spencer appointed auditor general

The state government has recruited Canberra-based Caroline Spencer to be the state’s next auditor general, three years after she was appointed to review the performance of incumbent Colin Murphy.

Law partners make their moves

SPECIAL REPORT: There has been a flurry of high-profile moves by senior lawyers in Perth as the sector readies for a pick-up from several quiet years.

Tech, training key for Success

SPECIAL REPORT: Technology and a greater emphasis on strategic advice are how one local accounting franchise hopes to brace for changes in the professional services sector.

Breathing new life into death care

The funeral industry in WA is increasingly dominated by a handful of big players, including two listed companies that hold more than 50 per cent of the market after buying some of the state’s oldest operators.

Poulsen to retire from law

John Poulsen, who has been a prominent fixture in Perth’s legal scene for many years, is planning to retire from his current role and seek chief executive opportunities.

Hartleys leads on capital deals

SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australian businesses participated in nearly 200 corporate finance transactions in the September quarter collectively worth $4.8 billion, research by Business News has found.

IMF commits $30m to new investment vehicles

Litigation funder IMF Bentham has committed $30 million towards two new investment vehicles, which will have a combined pool of $150 million.

ICWA steps up Bell Group spending

The Insurance Commission of Western Australia increased spending on the Bell Group litigation to $9.6 million last financial year, while also revealing in its annual report it has applied to the Supreme Court for a single trial to cover all related matters.

Merger changed Perth legal landscape

It was 20 years’ ago this month that Perth’s two largest law firms surprised the business community by merging their operations. Herbert Smith Freehills hosted many of the 50-plus partners who were there at the time to mark the occasion.

Galati, Harcourt among finalists in entrepreneur awards

The founders of four Western Australian businesses, in industries ranging from mining software and horticulture to construction and industrial equipment, have been selected as finalists in the 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.

Perth miner ordered to open books

The Supreme Court has ordered privately owned mining company Global Advanced Metals to open its books to a minority shareholder, despite the shareholder being a competitor, a litigation adversary in the US, and having a chief executive who was found to have carelessly handled confidential information supplied earlier this year.

PSC buys Perth broker

PSC Insurance Group has bought National Franchise Insurance Brokers in a deal worth up to $1.2 million, two months after the Subiaco-based firm was placed into administration.

RCR loses appeal in eight-year court fight

RCR Tomlinson has lost the latest round in a long-running legal action against a former executive who was dismissed in 2009, and will pay nearly $300,000 in retirement benefits after the company's appeal failed.

Lavan boss joins HHG

West Perth law firm HHG Legal Group has bolstered its leadership team by recruiting Lavan executive chairman Greg Gaunt, who expects the move will rejuvenate his career.

G+T brings Sydney flavour to Perth office

Law firm Gilbert + Tobin was so pleased with the fit-out when it moved into its new Sydney offices last year, it decided to borrow heavily from those plans when it shifted to new premises in Perth.

Law firm moves into forensics

As the big accounting firms in Australia move to build up their legal practices, law firm Clayton Utz is pushing back, setting up its own forensics and technology services practice.

Holistic recovery a PeopleSense priority

PeopleSense started as a three-person operation servicing the local market, but has grown into a large organisational consultancy firm with 100-plus staff and a national presence. 

KPMG announces new national chair

Alison Kitchen will become the first woman in Australia to chair a big four professional services firm when she takes on the role at KPMG Australia later this year.

Jones to chair Cannings Purple

Communications consultancy Cannings Purple has recruited former Deloitte chairman Keith Jones to succeed Norman Moore when he steps down as chair next month.

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