New ABC legal drama Newton’s Law

The team behind Miss Fisher have a new series about a female solicitor who juggles a return to the Bar.


The team behind Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries have a new ABC legal drama on the way, Newton’s Law.

Described as being “the Upstairs, Downstairs of legal dramas,” the 8 part series centres around Josephine Newton, a suburban solicitor with an over-developed sense of responsibility who attempts to return to her briefly glorious stint at the Bar.

According to a press release, “When Josephine’s low-flying solicitor’s practice is incinerated by a disgruntled client, she is persuaded by her old uni’ friend and not-so-secret admirer, Lewis Hughes, to trade the benefits of her brilliant mind for a berth in the lofty glamour of Knox Chambers. With her office destroyed, her marriage collapsing and motherhood fast losing its charm, Josephine decides it’s time she took her own aspirations off the back burner and resumed her barrister’s robes. If only it were that easy to leave her old life behind!”

Creators Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger (pictured) said, “We’re very happy to bring another strong female protagonist to the screen, this time in modern dress, with a modern woman’s dilemma of trying to do too much for too many!”

ABC Director of Television Richard Finlayson says “Thanks to the ongoing support of Screen Australia as well as the ABC’s partnership with Film Victoria on the Victorian Drama and Comedy Initiative, we are pleased to be able to commission another outstanding drama from Every Cloud Productions. Our audience is in for a treat.”

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason says “We’re excited about getting into Josephine’s world on Newton’s Law — it promises to be funny, complex and engaging. It is a delight to work on a new great idea from such strong creative team and Screen Australia is proud to support this great new drama.”

Filming will begin in Melbourne later in the year.

Production Credits: An Every Cloud Production. Created by Deb Cox & Fiona Eagger. Produced by Fiona Eagger , Deb Cox & Anna Molyneaux. Executive Producers Fiona Eagger & Deb Cox. ABC Executive Producers Brett Sleigh & Alastair McKinnon. In association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

12 Responses

  1. Well I am sorry….phht…but it looks good to me….and I will happily watch…well at least give it a go …before deciding to pan it ..out of hand.
    And new faces would be fine…getting a little tired of the same few getting all the gigs…although no mention of who will be in it?!?

  2. Sorry, Marta Düsseldorp is unavailable.
    Sorry, Asher Keddy is unavailable.
    Sorry, Jessica Marais, Deborah Mailman, in fact, every decent leading lady in Australia who is already a name is unavailable. Why not try to make a new leading star?
    Or Kate Richie.

  3. yes it does seem there are a few too many legal dramas, we already have Janet King. Do we know who they’re considering for the lead role yet? That could very much determine watchability.

  4. Bloody awful title – enough with the puns.
    It’s about time that the ABC started making a few more non-Victorian based dramas. How about something from SA,WA,Qld for a change. Sick of all these Melbourne shows.

  5. What is it with the ABC and local legal dramas? Is this the third commissioned after Janet King and Rake? It sounds like a stunningly unoriginal and predictable idea with themes that are well trodden. Surely there are better ideas going through the ABC’s door.

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