Deloitte revenue hits $2bn

Professional services company Deloitte has recorded a 15 per cent rise in national revenue for the 2018 financial year, including improved activity in Western Australia after four tough years.

Engineering exec joins Gallagher

Engineering and resources sector executive Simon High has taken a new role as Western Australia area director at international insurance broker Gallagher.

SHR to merge with Livingstones

Perth-based Strategic Human Resources has agreed to a merger of equals with Brisbane employment company Livingstones.

IRP appointed to WALGA recruitment panel

Belmont-based Industrial Recruitment Partners, Mills Resources and LNG Recruitment are among a panel of companies selected as preferred suppliers for recruitment services by the WA Local Government Association.

Law firm chasing Asian markets

Law firm Squire Patton Boggs is sharpening its Asian engagement strategy, with former Lavan partner Tony Chong appointed to head its Asia desk in June.

$16.5m for small business advisers

Accounting firm RSM and Bunbury-based consultancy IPS have won the lion’s share of work under a new round of state government contracts to deliver the Business Local support program across regional Western Australia.

National contract win for Harrier

Former Rising Stars award winner Harrier Human Capital has continued its rapid national expansion, winning a $15 million recruitment contract with AGL Energy.

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.