Josephine's husband, Callum, has failed to deliver on his promise to stop disappearing to far-flung corners of the Earth in pursuit of his various causes so she can have her turn at a career, and they're in the throes of separation. Her daughter, Lydia, is fifteen years old and blames her mother for everything. Josephine can't see how her domestic life can get much worse andmdash; so what does she have to lose by going back to the Bar?
Josephine is handed the reins in a case petitioning hormone treatment for a transgender child, leaving Callum to look after Lydia. While her father rallies his troops at a bushland protest, Lydia finds herself at the controls of the developer's earthmover and unwittingly becomes a newsworthy eco-warrior with criminal charges to defend. Josephine wrangles Helena into briefing Lewis to defend Lydia.
Josephine and Lewis inherit a hug trial where all the evidence points to their client being guilty, while Johnny and Skye are reluctantly thrown together to help defend Skye's father from an assault charge involving a decimated rose bush.
Josephine worries she's crossed over to the dark side when representing a furniture conglomerate, but manages to assist the underdog in a downstairs case.
Josephine is surprised that Whitley wants her to represent him in a property dispute, and the downstairs team make their own discoveries in what is ostensibly a simple assault case.
Josephine's high profile asylum seeker kidnapping case is further complicated when Callum intervenes, landing Josephine's witness, and himself, in hot water.
As Josephine unexpectedly reunites with a former client, Lewis' defence of a privileged thief unearths a troubling link between the boy and her sister, Rose.
The upstairs and downstairs teams join forces in a class action, taking on a pharmaceutical company that tried to cover up the side effects resulting from their drug trials.