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Architects go back to school

WA architects who visit schools on a voluntary basis are incorporating lessons learned when designing new education facilities.

Local law firms undergo change

Most of the big law firms in Perth have shrunk in size over the past year, with Ashurst experiencing the biggest drop in staff, while only a couple of smaller firms have achieved significant growth, research by Business News has found.

Nahan seeks to settle Bell Group case

The state government will introduce legislation into parliament tomorrow designed to finalise the long-running Bell Group legal case, in which the Insurance Commission of WA and other creditors are fighting over a $1.7 billion payout.

KPMG makes a fast start on mining M&A

GREG Evans has got off to a flying start in his new role as KPMG’s global leader of mining M&A, with one of the firm’s major clients announcing its first takeover bid last week.

KPMG buys Hayes Knight

KPMG has acquired West Perth accounting and advisory practice Hayes Knight (WA), saying this will be the first of a series of acquisitions to bolster its private client practice nationally.

Moore Stephens to expand

Moore Stephens will become the 11th largest accounting firm in Western Australia after striking a merger agreement with the Perth office of UHY Haines Norton.

Kitay to take the reins from Kidd at Crowe Horwath

Mervyn Kitay has been anointed as chief executive in waiting at Crowe Horwath Perth, Western Australia's eight biggest accounting firm, taking over from Geoff Kidd, who has run the partnership for the past 19 years.

Michelle Gordon appointed to High Court

Former Western Australian lawyer Michelle Gordon has been appointed as the next Justice of the High Court of Australia, replacing her husband, Justice Kenneth Hayne, who soon reaches the mandatory age

Global law firm to Perth

International law firm Hogan Lovells is seeking to leverage off its presence in Asia by establishing operations in Australia, which will be run out of Perth and Sydney.

Perth lawyer sells data firm for $8m

Patent attorney and software developer Thomas Haines has struck a deal with Sydney company IPH to sell his data analysis businesses for $8 million, but plans to continue running the operation from Perth.

FB Rice opens Perth doors

Intellectual property firm FB Rice has appointed three new associates to its Perth office, which opened its doors earlier this week.

Architects feeling the pressure

THE slowdown in commercial office construction has tightened competition among Perth-based architects, with firms slashing fees, cutting staff, outsourcing work and moving into new sectors to keep the

Print franchise adds to business collapses

Perth franchise group Quick Colour Print has gone into liquidation, adding to a string of Western Australian business collapses this month, including two substantial construction contractors and a min

ASIC bans former Patersons state manager

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has permanently banned former Patersons Securities WA state manager Lewis Fellowes from providing financial services after finding he had transferred about $1.5 million of clients’ funds into his own accounts.

PKF back in top 10

PKF Lawler has shot into the ranks of Western Australia’s top 10 accounting firms after merging with Subiaco-based Barringtons.

Riethmuller joins Jones Day

Former Ashurst partner Paul Riethmuller has started at global law firm Jones Day as a partner in its projects and infrastructure practice in Perth.

Poor government procurement costs $239m: Deloitte

Poor procurement practices cost Australian governments around $239 million annually, according to a new study from Deloitte Access Economics.

Asphar back to square one

Sixteen years after establishing Asphar Survey Group, and then building it into one of Western Australia’s largest surveying firms, Anthony Asphar is heading back to the jobs market after the demise of his business. Click through to also see the updated BNiQ list of WA's Top 10 surveying firms.

TSG seeks to consult beyond mine sector

Resources-focused TSG Consulting has embarked on a diversification and expansion plan in response to a growing demand from companies trying to unlock the secrets of big data.

Amcom launches tech accelerator

Amcom Telecommunications has teamed up with e-business association eGroup WA and technology hub Spacecubed to launch a tech accelerator program in Perth to help startups turn their ideas into products.

New service landscape

Landscape architects are seeking to take advantage of a long-standing business model operating in the building sector to broaden their service offering and boost their bottom line.

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