Awards Categories

Individual Awards

ACADEMIC OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the academic who is most effectively shaping legal undergraduate and JD students, instilling a passion for the law, professional excellence and expertise.

BARRISTER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual practising at the bar.

COMPANY SECRETARY OF THE YEAR

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual working in a company secretary role in the corporate counsel, private practice or government sector during FY20-21.

DEALMAKER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual who has acted on one or more transactions over FY20-21 while employed by an Australian company.

GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR

This award recognises superior in-house performance and leadership.

IN-HOUSE LAWYER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual working in-house, including corporate and public sector lawyers.

INDIGENOUS LEADER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises lawyers of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage who have demonstrated excellence in the business of law and supported Indigenous communities and employment opportunities.

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR (INDIVIDUAL)

This award recognises the individual who has successfully implemented innovative projects and/or strategic initiatives in FY20-21.

LAW STUDENT OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the academic, community and legal achievements of undergraduates.

LEGAL SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the team members who provide invaluable contributions to their firms, whether that be in a legal secretary, personal assistant or paralegal role.

MANAGING PARTNER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises superior law firm performance and leadership.

MENTOR OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the lawyer who has maintained a consistent mentor-mentee relationship with a lawyer moving through the ranks.

PARTNER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual at partner level within a private practice law firm. To be eligible for this award, the lawyer needs to demonstrate work completed in Australia, or on Australian aspects of the transaction if an international matter, for their organisation in the 12 months over FY20-21.

REGIONAL/SUBURBAN LAWYER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual practising in suburban, regional or remote Australia.

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR (IN-HOUSE)

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual who has recently commenced his or her legal career and is currently working in-house.

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR (PRIVATE PRACTICE)

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual who has recently commenced his or her legal career and currently operates within the private practice market.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE OF THE YEAR

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual at senior associate level within a private practice law firm.

SOLE PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual who has chosen to roll out their own practice.

SPECIAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual at special counsel level within a private practice law firm.


Group Awards

BANKING AND FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the achievements of banking and finance teams.

BOUTIQUE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises outstanding performance by a boutique firm.

COMMERCIAL TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the achievements of commercial teams working in both large and small firms.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the achievements of dispute resolution teams.

EMPLOYER OF CHOICE

This award recognises the law firm or business that has gone above and beyond for their legal employees, ensuring staff attraction and retention remain high by placing importance on the quality care of their people.

ENERGY AND RESOURCES TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the achievements of energy and resources teams.

GOVERNMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the achievements of government teams.

IN-HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the achievements of in-house teams. It is open to any team working as a dedicated in-house team, embedded on full-time secondment. The team must be fully integrated into the entity and not conduct any work on any private practice matters.

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR (COMPANY)

This award recognises firms and legal departments that have successfully implemented innovative projects and/or strategic initiatives in FY20-21.

INSURANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the achievements of insurance teams.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the achievements of intellectual property teams.

LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

One of the highlights of the Australian Law Awards, this award recognises outstanding performance by a law firm in Australia.

NEWLAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises outstanding performance by a NewLaw firm in FY20-21.

PRO BONO PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises firms and legal departments that have demonstrated a commitment to the community over FY20-21 via at least one significant pro bono initiative.

PROPERTY TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the achievements of property teams.

REGIONAL/SUBURBAN LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises outstanding performance by a law firm operating in regional, remote or suburban Australia.

TRANSACTION TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the achievements of transaction-based teams.

WELLNESS INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

This award recognises individuals, law firms and legal departments that have demonstrated a commitment to their workforce over FY20-21 via at least one significant wellness initiative.

WORKPLACE RELATIONS AND EMPLOYMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the achievements of workplace relations and employment teams.

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