Methodology and Judging

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Any individual or group wishing to enter the Australian Law Awards 2020 will need to complete a detailed submission answering key category criteria and provide supporting evidence. To review all category details, assessment criteria and submission requirements, click here.

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Submissions for all categories will be assessed against the specific category criteria, scored and then shortlisted to determine award finalists. Finalists will then be announced.

Finalists (individuals and groups) will be contacted directly as well as published on Lawyers Weekly and the Australian Law Awards website. Finalists will be announced during the month of July 2020.


Finalists’ submissions (across all categories) will be delivered to a panel of respected industry professionals and business leaders, who will assess each submission for the categories in which they are judging. Judges are drawn from the business community, academia, associations, not-for-profit, consulting and specific industry sectors – offering diversity in submission assessment.

A pool of judges will be allocated to judge each category to ensure a blended assessment of submissions. Judges will score each submission against the specific category criteria and assessment requirements, with the aggregate of the judges’ scores used to determine the category winner.


One winner will be announced per award category, with the awards presented at a live broadcast event. For full details on the event, click here.

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*Submission categories are subject to change.


Methodology and Judging
Alexander Ward

Edmund Barton Chambers

Barrister Alexander Ward has represented the legal profession as President of the Law Council of Australia (2011) Commonwealth Lawyers Association
(2015 - 2017) and Law Society SA (2004-2005). He is a member of the AAT General Division and holds a reserve commission as a Legal Officer in the RAN. He has been a member of Ethics Committees in the ADF and in SA.
Admitted to practice in 1985, he specialises in insurance cases with fraud or complex issues, and regularly appears as a commentator on legal matters in the media.

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Alexandra Dibbenhall

Head of Legal, Pacific

Ali joined LexisNexis in 2017 as Head of Legal for the Pacific Region. Ali and her team work with LexisNexis’ Australian and New Zealand businesses providing advice across issues from intellectual property and digital media through to privacy and competition laws.
Ali has held senior legal roles across a variety of industries internationally, including higher education, renewable energy and leisure.  Ali’s focus is on working closely with the business to address both the opportunities and the challenges presented by rapid advances in technology, changing customer needs and the evolving nature of legal practice across the region and the world.

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Amity St Clair

Director of The Yoga Foundation, Lawyer, Wellness Educator

Amity has over 14 years’ experience in private and in-house practice as a strategic legal and commercial adviser. She has expertise in the areas of media, technology, commercial negotiations, M&A, corporate governance, disputes, leading transformational change projects and complex commercial transactions. Amity’s prior roles include Senior Legal and Commercial Manager at Bauer Media and Corporate Counsel at Nine Entertainment Co.
Amity is a director of The Yoga Foundation, a charity creating powerful change in mental health and social connection for at risk groups.
Amity is passionate about bringing accessible wellness mindsets to corporate environments and speaking on issues such as self-awareness, sustainable life habits and leadership. A qualified Yoga teacher, Amity enjoys supporting growth and change pathways and seeks community and purposeful engagement in all that she does.

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Amreeta Abbott


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Amy Challans

Past President Australian Women Lawyers
Australian Women Lawyers

Amy Challans is a Past President and former Director of Australian Women Lawyers (AWL) and a current Director of Squash SA. She is also a Director of the SANFL Football Club North Adelaide. Appointed to the role of AWL President in 2013, Amy was the first South Australian to hold this position. In 2015 Amy was named as one of Australia’s top 50 women by Australian Consolidated Press in its 10th anniversary edition of Who’s Who’s of Australian Women for her services and national contribution to women in the legal profession in addition to being awarded the inaugural Gender in Equity Law Award by the Law Society of South Australia. Amy is a judge of both the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards and Women in Law Awards, is a former member of both the Law Council of Australia’s Equal Opportunity Committee and the Law Society of South Australia Women Lawyers Committee and has been a member of the Women Lawyers Association of SA since 2006. Amy has worked for a number of key Agencies in Australia and the United Kingdom and has a Bachelor Arts from The Flinders University of South Australia, a Bachelor Laws from the University of Adelaide and was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia as a Barrister and solicitor in 2002.

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Ann-Maree David

Executive Director
The College of Law

Ann-Maree David is an Executive Director of The College of Law, the largest provider of practice-focused legal education in Australasia. She has worked in the legal profession for over 30 years, in public and corporate sector roles and in private practice as a solicitor.

Ann-Maree has held a career-long passion for developing and delivering education and training programs to enable all involved in the delivery of legal services to thrive both personally and professionally.

In addition to leading the College of Law’s Queensland campus, Ann-Maree is Immediate Past President of Australian Women Lawyers and a Director of the Australian Gender Equality Council. She also chairs the Queensland Law Society’s Equity & Diversity Committee.

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Barry Cameron

Head Counsel
Baker Hughes

Barry is Head Counsel, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea for Baker Hughes, a NYSE listed energy technology company. Baker Hughes designs, manufactures and services transformative technologies to facilitate the global energy transition.

Barry is a recent addition to the legal profession in Australia, having first qualified in Scotland more than 25 years ago. He has spent almost his entire legal career in industry, working on oil and gas projects internationally with some of the world’s largest service companies. At one, the offshore drilling company Transocean, he led the Legal Global Operations function, working closely with the business in harnessing opportunities and resolving challenges while developing a diverse, multi-cultural team. His career has taken him from the UK to Australia via Paris and Houston, arriving in Perth in 2018. Having qualified in WA in 2018, he is now proud to be a fully-fledged member of the profession in Australia. Barry is passionate about lawyers becoming leaders, given their breadth of business knowledge and ability to identify and assess risk, and keenly promotes innovation in the provision of legal services. Outside of work, Barry enjoys golf (sometimes) and watching most sports as well as spending time with the four women in his life, his wife and three daughters.

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Cameron Cross

General Counsel - Customer & Commercial
nbnco Limited

Cameron Cross is General Counsel – Customer and Commercial at nbn and leads a team of 5 providing legal support for the products, supply terms and customer facing aspects of nbn. Cameron has almost 20 years’ in-house and law firm legal experience advising in the corporate, technology, media and telecommunications industries across Australasia, including for APN News & Media. He started his career Ashurst in its corporate advisory group working mainly in mergers and acquisitions.

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Cindy Penrose

Chief Operating Officer
Paul Ramsay Foundation

Cindy is the Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary of the Paul Ramsay Foundation – Australia’s largest philanthropic Foundation - with an ambition to break the cycle of disadvantage in Australia. She is also Chair of the Foundation’s Criminal Justice Taskforce.
Cindy was formerly the (first female) Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Bar Association, the peak body representing 6000 barristers nationally; and the former Assistant Director of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce, regarding abuse and misconduct within the Australian Defence Force.
Cindy has considerable experience in both private practice and government as a criminal defence lawyer and has lectured in both criminal law and tort law. 
Cindy is a passionate advocate for mental health within the legal profession. She assisted to establish BarCare which provides professional psychological and other support to members of the NSW Bar and is a Director with Minds Count (formerly known as the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation), which aims to decrease work related psychological ill-health in the legal community and to promote workplace psychological health and safety.  
Cindy holds a Master’s Degree in Law along with undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Law; and studied international law at The University of Graz in Austria under academic scholarship.

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Claire Bibby

Senior Lawyer, Advocate, Mediator and Arbitrator
Claire E Bibby

Claire is a senior lawyer who consults as a General Counsel and mediator, runs her own boutique law firm, is a non-executive director of CommsChoice Group (ASX:CCG), and Marist180, and is a professional Life Coach.

In addition, Claire is an honorary member of the NSW executive of the Australian Association of Corporate Counsel, an Entrepreneur Ambassador for Opportunity International, and a committee member of the New South Wales Law Society Futures Committee and the Resolution Institute. Claire is also a Foundation Speaker with The Prominenti Society Speakers Agency.

Claire has been recognised as one of Australia’s best lawyers and female executives, including having been awarded the “Excellence Award for Women in Law”, “General Counsel of the Year”, “Female Executive of the Year in Asia, Australia & New Zealand”, “Mentor of the Year” and was featured in SmartCompany's International Women's Day Showcase.

Part and parcel with her passion for the law and advancing the interests of women, Claire is an active public speaker on issues of innovation, life coaching, diversity and inclusion, psychological wellness, developing high performing teams and women’s leadership. Claire is also a mentor for 7 x World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley AO's "Aim for the Stars" Foundation.
eams and women’s leadership. Claire is also a mentor for 7 x World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley AO's "Aim for the Stars" Foundation.

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Damian Sturzaker

Marque Lawyers

Damian is one of the founders of the innovative Australian firm, Marque Lawyers where he heads up the Dispute Resolution team.
Damian has almost 30 years’ experience as a commercial litigator with specialist expertise in the areas of international arbitration and cross border dispute resolution.  He has run international arbitrations in London, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.
He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in the field of Dispute Resolution by Legal 500, Best Lawyers and the Chambers Global and Asia Pacific Guides. In 2018 he was named the Arbitration Lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers. He is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW.

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David Cullen

Group General Counsel
AMP Limited

David Cullen is the Group General Counsel of AMP Limited. David has been with AMP since 2004, and has held positions including Group Company Secretary & General Counsel, Governance.

David has almost 25 years’ experience in the legal profession, with extensive experience in the areas of M&A, corporate law and corporate governance. Before joining AMP, David worked for law firms Blake Dawson Waldron and Gilbert + Tobin and spent two years with the ASX.

David is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

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Dr Jürgen Bröhmer

Professor of Law
Murdoch University, School of Law

In January 2012 Jürgen Bröhmer joined the Law School of Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia as Dean and Professor of Law. Before joining Murdoch University he worked at the University of New England, in Armidale, NSW, Australia, having commenced there in 2006 and serving as Head of the Law School from 2007 to 2011. He received his law degree from Mannheim University in Germany and his doctorate and post-doctoral habilitation from Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany where worked at the Europa-Institute of Saarland University from 1992 to 2006 and where he continues to be part of the visiting faculty. His areas of expertise are German and comparative constitutional law, European Union law, public international law and international human rights law. Jürgen has authored two and co-authored one monograph in specific areas of public international (State Immunity and the Violation of Human Rights, Kluwer Law International, 1997), German constitutional and European Union Law (Transparency as a Constitutional Principle – Basic Law and European Union, Mohr Siebeck, 2004), edited a number of other books and published numerous articles and book chapters (details at

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Frances Anderson

Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor
Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

Frances leads the Workplace Relations and Occupational Safety Branch of the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office, providing practical, solutions-focussed legal advice and assistance to Victorian Public Sector clients on all aspects of employee relations, industrial relations and occupational health and safety law.  She has over 30 years of workplace relations experience and has practised as a lawyer in Australia and overseas, and in law firms, in-house, and government.  She is highly skilled at working with multiple stakeholders in achieving optimum outcomes and positive results for clients. Frances also has considerable advocacy experience, having represented numerous clients in courts and tribunals. She has particular expertise at workplace change and restructure, managing complex workplace disputes and sensitive matters, providing strategic and tactical advice, working in culturally diverse, complex and highly regulated organisations and in advising and managing risk in organisations with heightened political and legal sensitivities. Frances has written and presented on a variety of workplace relations topics of interest, including on Sexual harassment and #MeToo, as well as the Workplace of the Future.

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Garry Taylor

General Counsel
Croesus Holdings Group

The Croesus Holdings Group comprises six companies, which provide services in Project Management; Corporate Legal Compliance; Management Training & Education; Environmental GRC; ADR (mediation, arbitration & adjudication); and Litigation Funding.

Previously, Garry was Managing Director of an international Investment Bank with offices in Sydney, Vancouver, New York, London, Dublin, Hong Kong and Singapore. Those activities involved him in international capital raising; public listings; distressed company “turn-arounds”; workplace & employment relations; drafting & management of contracts; project management; governance & risk assessment; corporate strategic planning; supply chain logistics & human rights; corporate legal compliance; environmental sustainability; and optimising management outcomes.

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Jacob Waye-Harris

Waye-Harris Lawyers

Jacob Waye–Harris is an experienced contracts lawyer who, after starting his career in a large Adelaide law firm, spent many years leading commercial and legal teams in major Australian and international companies. Having been recognised through various industry awards, Jacob has now returned to private practice where he helps his clients negotiate commercial contracts and transactions.

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Dr John Boersig

Legal Aid ACT

Prior to this appointment Dr Boersig worked as an Assistant Secretary in the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, responsible for a number of areas including Indigenous law and justice and human rights. Before joining the Attorney-General’s Department John practiced law in NSW, as a lawyer for the Aboriginal Legal Service and in private practice. He established the University of Newcastle Legal Centre and was Director of the Professional program in 1994. He was a part-time Presiding member of the Guardianship Tribunal for many years.
John has a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Canberra. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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John McKenzie

Legal Services Commissioner NSW
Office of the Legal Services Commissioner NSW

Appointed as the NSW Legal Services Commissioner in March 2015 and oversees the office that receives and manages all complaints against lawyers in the state. Prior to his appointment, John practised as a solicitor for 35 years, predominantly as an Accredited Specialist in Criminal law. A large part of his career was spent in the Aboriginal Legal Service of which he was the Chief Legal Officer for 9 years at the time of his appointment.

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Joseph Catanzariti

Vice President
Fair Work Commission

Joseph Catanzariti AM is a Vice President of the Fair Work Commission, the national workplace relations tribunal.
Prior to his appointment to the Fair Work Commission, Joseph was a senior Partner of Clayton Utz and Practice Leader of the Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Practice Group. Joseph was a trusted adviser to many of Australia’s leading companies and government departments. Joseph was also a highly experienced Commercial Litigator.

Joseph is a Visiting Professorial Fellow of the School of Law and the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Work and Organisational Studies, School of Business at Sydney University.

Joseph is the Chair of the College of Law.

Joseph is also co-author of Workplace Bullying published by LexisNexis.

He has previously held the positions of President of the Law Council of Australia, President of the NSW Law Society, Chair of the Workplace Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales (2000 - 2013), and Secretary of the Industrial Relations Society of Australia (1997-2011).

Joseph was awarded Life Time Recognition, Industrial Relations Society of Australia / Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association 2011, and the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales in 2015.

Joseph is a fellow of the Academy of Law.

On 26 January 2016 Joseph was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

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Justin Forsell

Chief Legal Counsel
nbnco Limited

Justin Forsell is a very experienced telecommunications practitioner with over 23 years’ in-house legal experience advising in the technology, media and telecommunications industry across Australasia, Asia and Europe.
He was recognised as the In house Lawyer of the Year in 2015 at the Australasian Law Awards.
He is currently Chief Legal Counsel, Legal and Security Department, at nbn with responsibility for all nbn’s legal, security, company secretariat and freedom of information functions and sits as a member of nbn’s Executive Leadership Team. He was the lead lawyer on nbn’s ground breaking and award winning $9Bn deal with Telstra in 2011 – one of the largest and most important transactions in telecommunications history in Australia.
Previously, Justin was General Counsel, Company Secretary and Head of Governance at Vodafone Australia where he was a key contributor to the Vodafone merger with Hutchison Australia in 2009 and held senior legal counsel roles at BT Japan KK in Tokyo and British Telecom plc in London.
He started his corporate career with Hutchison Telecom’s legal team in Hong Kong, after several years in private practice.
Justin also has an MBA from MGSM in Sydney.

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Kara Miller

General Counsel
Sustainability Victoria

Kara is the General Counsel and Manager Information Technology at Sustainability Victoria, a Victorian government agency. She is responsible for governance, contract management, procurement, grants, compliance, risk, information technology and legal issues as well as advising on, and contributing to, commercial and strategic issues.
Kara started her career in commercial litigation, specialising in insolvency and intellectual property. She previously worked at Minter Ellison and ran the University of Queensland Student Legal Service. Kara also worked as an arts producer and presenter for 20 years, including at the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
In 2017, Kara was awarded Government Lawyer of the Year by the Law Institute of Victoria.

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Katherine Lorenz

Chief Executive Officer
The Victorian Bar

Katherine Lorenz commenced as CEO of the Victorian Bar in November 2018. The Victorian Bar is an independent association of specialist advocates – more than 2000 barristers - proud of its heritage, but at the same time modern, accessible and committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion.

Recognising the value of building on its long-standing traditions through innovation, flexibility and embracing new ideas, the Victorian Bar is leading the nation in many areas. It is a strong community of barristers who maintain the highest professional and ethical standards, continuing to thrive in an increasingly dynamic legal landscape.

Katherine is responsible for the Bar’s financial management and governance, the implementation of the Bar’s strategic plan and building strong stakeholder relationships across legal bodies, regulators, the courts, government and media. She has significant commercial sector experience in complex commercial litigation matters; regulation; commercial advisory; strategy and enterprise-wide strategic execution; governance; and, compliance and risk.

Katherine’s previous role was Executive Director, Corporate Services and Governance, Chief Legal Officer at Monash Health. Monash Health employs more than 17,000 staff to care for 1.344 million Victorians.

Prior to joining Monash Health, Katherine was the Executive Director of Legal & Information Services at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

Prior to joining The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne in 2012, Katherine was Special Counsel for the Australian Wheat Board, now Agrium Asia Pacific Limited. A Special Counsel for Clayton Utz – one of Australia’s preeminent commercial law firms – Katherine was also Solicitor and Senior Associate (commercial litigation) with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).

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Kathryn McKenzie

Business Angel Services Pty Ltd

Kathryn McKenzie is the Executive Officer & Public Officer of the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW Inc., and has been since 2003. Kathryn is also the Director of Business Angel Services Pty Ltd, specialising in not-for-profit association management & event management for over 20 years, and with senior management experience in a diversity of business sectors and disciplines.

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Katrina Bullock

General Counsel
Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Katrina Bullock is the General Counsel for Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Greenpeace is one of the world’s largest independent environmental campaigning organisations. It uses peaceful, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems and develop solutions for a green and peaceful future. Katrina is the primary legal and governance adviser to the Greenpeace board and senior management team. She began her career as a corporate lawyer at Clayton Utz and has worked on high-profile litigations, regulatory investigations and corporate advisory matters for a range of blue-chip clients. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours first class, division one), Bachelor of Business (Distinction) and is currently undertaking a PhD in law focused on stock exchange disclosures. She is a News Broadcaster for the Finance News Network and has presented her research at conferences around the world including in Italy, the UK, Taipei and Brussels. Katrina is also a fellow of the Centre for Comparative Corporate Governance at Deakin Law School.

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Kirsty Silbert

General Counsel
Laser Clinics Australia

Kirsty is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Laser Clinics Australia, a franchisor and Australia’s largest provider of cosmetic treatments and laser hair removal. With over 140 clinics in Australia, Kirsty has also been involved in the brand’s international expansion in New Zealand, through Laser Clinics New Zealand, and more recently to the United Kingdom. Kirsty has over 19 years’ experience in practice and has held senior legal roles across a variety of industries such as supermarkets, health, telecommunication and retail, with the focus on franchising across different models.

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Lara Wentworth

Performance and Wellness Coach for lawyers. Former partner

Lara Wentworth is a former Partner at Madison Marcus Law Firm and until recently led the firm's Family Law Division & Wills & Estate Planning Division. She has over 17 years' experience practicing law. In 2016 Lara completed a Masters in Law Majoring in Family Law.
Over more recent times Lara has embarked on and established a coaching and training practice where she mentors, coaches and trains members of the legal profession from students to senior partners. She is a certified Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) which is an effective transformational tool that she uses in the coaching and training process including group coaching and workshops. Lara is also currently completing international coaching certification with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) due to be completed 2020. 

During her practice as a Family Lawyer, Lara understands first-hand the pressures of the legal world and the pitfalls that a lawyer can face. Lara’s coaching and training is aimed at helping people in the legal profession to enhance their leadership skills and improve their mental health so they can be high performing and happy humans. This is done through coaching and training packages and programs that increase awareness, clear limitations, build resources, release talent and potential and create choice for a healthier and happier life in the law.

Lara's focus is on creating a supportive environment for people to learn more about themselves and gain leadership skills, whilst making long lasting and valuable shifts in habits, thoughts and behaviours. Lara is passionate about empowering professionals to take charge of their wellbeing by being in charge of their minds and therefore their results.

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Professor Lesley Hitchens

Faculty of Law University of Technology Sydney

Professor Lesley Hitchens has been Dean of the Law Faculty, UTS since February 2013. She sits on the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board and the Legal Services Council Admissions Committee. In 2015 she was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. She practised as a commercial lawyer for seven years, first with Allens and later with Herbert Smith in London. She has held academic positions in the UK and Australia. In 2018 she was awarded the Financial Times Australian Legal Innovator Award.  

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Linda Baxter

Director, Continuing Professional Development
Leo Cussen centre for law

Linda Baxter is the Director, Continuing Professional Development and part of the senior management team at Leo Cussen Centre for Law. Having previously been in private practice followed by a regulatory investigative role, Linda also writes materials and trains legal practitioners in Ethics & Professional Conduct.

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Michael Milnes

Head of Competition and Consumer
Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Michael leads the development of Practical Law’s Competition and Consumer Law resources in Australia, having previously held various roles in the team at Thomson Reuters. Michael is also the founder and principal of Supplied Legal, a boutique legal advisory and management consultancy firm.

Michael’s legal career spans working at law firms in the UK, Europe and Australia, as a senior inhouse counsel in the FMCG sector, and now in the world of legal operations and technology.

Michael is an MBA graduate, where he completed original research focusing on the evolution of legal services and its impact on legal team culture and performance. He is a certified Agile practitioner and a previous member of the NSW Law Society’s Legal Technology Committee.

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Philip Gleed

National Managing Partner
SLF Lawyers

Philip Gleed is a highly experienced corporate lawyer and law firm leader. He has been a law firm partner, principal or director for over 35 years; whilst he has been a Managing Partner, CEO & Managing Principal, Managing Director or Executive Head for over 25 years. Over his thirty nine years of practice as a lawyer, he has undertaken a broad gamut of commercial and corporate work for his clients.  He has high level advice and transactional experience in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, business advisory & strategy, corporate governance & restructuring, insurance & risk management, commercial litigation and employment law.

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Rachel Scanlon

Asia Pacific Lead
D2 Legal Technology

Rachel is an internationally-experienced financial services lawyer specialising in data, derivatives, asset management, life insurance and regulation.  She has recently joined the data consulting firm, D2 Legal Technology, as their Asia Pacific Lead heading up the business in the region.  Prior to this Rachel has worked as an in-house lawyer for Goldman Sachs, Westpac, Challenger Life and Allianz Retire+, and was General Counsel at fund manager Magellan Financial Group. 

In 2018, Rachel founded the NSW “First Hundred Years” initiative celebrating the centenary of women in law.  With an additional interest in music, Rachel has been a Board Director of Australia’s premier classical vocal ensemble, The Song Company, is currently on the Committee for Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Vanguard group, and is Governance Director for the International Women’s Forum Australia.

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Stephen Lancken

Negocio Resolutions

Steve Lancken has been a full time mediator since 1999. During that time, Steve has conducted over 2,000 mediations. Steve has worked in Queensland mediating Native Title issues and in Liberia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Nepal and Northern America. Steve has conducted mediations for Australia’s largest and most successful organisations such as ASIC, ACCC, QANTAS, GPT, AGSM, Mission Australia, the Salvation Army, Australian Treasury, Australian Government Solicitors and Department of Defence. Steve also works with Australia’s largest banks and insurers.
Steve enjoys the opportunity to do the most interesting and challenging work and contribute to social justice, teach, educate and contribute to his profession.

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Steven Walker

Managing Director and Head of Law Dept. Consulting
Elevate Services

Steven is a 19-year lawyer, having spent 10 years in-house at Hewlett-Packard working across the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific, with several years as Vice President, South Pacific General Counsel and Group Secretary. Before that, he worked for Norton Rose and Baker McKenzie in London, Sydney and Cologne.

In 2017, Steven founded and is CEO of a consulting and solutions company, Gen2Law, specialising in helping legal departments, law firms and law companies innovate and transform to the next generation of legal and ops services through technology and process modernisation.

Steven speaks and writes frequently on the future of legal services, contributing to
publications by the AFR, Association of Corporate Counsel and “Remaking Law Firms” by George Beaton, published by the American Bar Association. He is a Committee Member for the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) initiative of the Law Society of New South Wales and holds advisory board positions for the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) and several technology start-ups.

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Sue-Ella Prodonovich

Prodonovich Advisory

Sue-Ella specialises in helping lawyers and law firms create more rewarding practices through purposeful business strategy and positive client engagement.

Sue-Ella established her award-winning consultancy Prodonovich Advisory in 2005.

Her In-House roles have included Director of Marketing, Arthur Anderson; Director of Marketing & Business Development, Baker McKenzie; and Partner, Crowe Horwath.
Sue-Ella is a member of the teaching faulty of The College of Law, The Law Society of NSW, The Law Institute of Victoria, and FMRC.  In 2011 she was inducted into the APSMA Hall Of Fame for services to the Australasian Professional Services Industry and in 2019 she was made a Fellow of the College of Law Firm Management.  Her qualifications include an MBA, Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) (Law & Marketing) – VC List, the AICD Course for Company Directors, and the Net Promoter® Client Loyalty Program™.

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Sue Kench

Global Chief Executive
King & Wood Mallesons

Sue Kench is the Global Chief Executive of King & Wood Mallesons, taking on this role in 2017 after leading the firm in Australia for four years as Chief Executive Partner, Australia. Sue was the first woman in Australia to lead a top tier law firm in that role. Sue works closely with Wang Junfeng, the Global Chairman and the firm’s International Management Committee.

Sue became a Partner in the Real Estate practice of legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques in 1996 and has held a number of board, management and leadership positions in the firm over the past two decades.

Amongst her many professional achievements, in 2018 Sue was recognised with the esteemed ‘Legal leader’ award, at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards, in recognition of her significant role in driving King & Wood Mallesons growth and success across APAC as well as being named as one of the 2018 Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Women of Influence. Sue was also recognised as Executive of the Year at the 2017 Lawyers Weekly, Women in Law Awards, cementing her reputation as a preeminent leader in the legal industry. More recently, In April 2019, Sue received a Doctor of Letters honoris causa from Macquarie University in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the law.

Sue is a member of Chief Executive Women.

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Tania Sourdin

Newcastle Law School

Professor Tania Sourdin is the Dean of the University of Newcastle Law School and was previously the Foundation Chair and Director of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI) at Monash University in Australia.

Professor Sourdin has led national research projects and produced important recommendations for ADR and justice reform. In the past two decades, she has conducted qualitative and quantitative research projects into aspects of the dispute resolution and justice system systems in 12 Courts and Tribunals and six external dispute resolution schemes. Other research has focussed on justice innovation, technology, delay and systemic reforms. Her work outside Australia has included various international consultancies as an expert in relation to justice reform.
Professor Sourdin is the author of a significant number of books, articles and papers, and has published and presented widely on a range of topics including ADR, justice innovation, justice issues, mediation, conflict resolution, collaborative law, artificial intelligence, technology and organisational change. She has retained a practice focus and has worked for more than 30 years as a lawyer, 25 years in various senior part time tribunal positions and as a mediator and has since 2014 been the NBN industry dispute resolution advisor.

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Tanya Sale

outsource financial

Tanya Sale is the Founder, CEO and Managing Director of multi award-winning, national Aggregator group, outsource financial. Tanya is the only female CEO / Managing Director of a mortgage Aggregator in Australia. Having extensive banking and finance experience, Tanya pioneered the third-party mortgage sector, by creating diverse models to change the way lending was conducted in Australia.
In 2019 Tanya appeared on the expert's panel, for a new television show on Channel 9, called Secrets of the Money Masters. A series featuring some of Australia's biggest sporting celebrities who learn about financial strategy and security. Additionally, in 2019, Tanya won 'CEO of the Year' at the Women in Finance Awards and was named as one of MPA’s Global 100.

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Trisha Mok

Past President and Non-Executive Director
Governance Institute of Australia

Trisha is a non-executive director, senior legal counsel and chartered secretary. She has significant experience in commercial and corporate law, compliance, governance, intellectual property and mergers and acquisitions. She is passionate about education, digital and social media and good corporate governance.

In 2019, Trisha was appointed to the Board of Directors and Board Advisory Committee of Australia’s leading youth services organisation, yourtown (formerly BoysTown). In addition, Trisha was the first Board appointed independent non-executive director of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society Ltd, a professional association representing over 10,000 natural medicine practitioners in 2017 and was promoted to Vice President in January 2020. She is also a member of three sub-committees of the Board as follows: (i) Finance, Audit and Compliance; (ii) Marketing; and (iii) Regulatory Committees.

Trisha is a Past President and served as a non-executive director of Governance Institute of Australia Limited for a decade. She continues to be an active member of the Institute, including as Chair of the Chant Legacy and Scholarship Award Committee which awards scholarships each year from profits generated by the Leonard Chant Trust. Trisha is a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators.

In addition, she was an Adjunct Fellow in Governance at the School of Law, Western Sydney University from January 2015 until December 2019. She is also a Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel - Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Law Society of New South Wales and Women on Boards.

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Troy Swan

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Winc | Staples + OfficeMax

Troy Swan is the Chief Legal Officer, Company Secretary and Board Member of the $1.4billion office products company Winc Australia & New Zealand. Winc was formed following the acquisition of Staples & OfficeMax by US based private equity firm Platinum Equity.

He has been publicly recognised as one of Australia's leading corporate lawyers and was named the 2017 Australian Lawyer of the Year (FMCG) and a General Counsel of the Year finalist in both 2016 and 2017. He became only the second Australian lawyer to win the prestigious International Value Champions Award in San Francisco and was recently named in Washington, the Association of Corporate Counsel Member of the Year, from over 43,000 lawyers worldwide for his commitment to the legal community and profession. This was the first time this honour was ever awarded to a lawyer outside America.

Known for his business judgment, he is highly active within the Sydney legal and business community. He is a regular speaker and media commentator on legal affairs, innovation and large scale legal service delivery models and leads an award winning legal team based in Sydney.

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Dr Vincent Bicudo de Castro

Lecturer in Accounting
Deakin Business School

Dr Vincent Bicudo de Castro started his academic career in his native Brazil, earning two bachelor degrees and a master's before gaining his PhD in accounting at Monash University in 2014 with his thesis, ‘The relationship between subjectivity in performance evaluation and managerial performance’. While studying, he also held accounting positions with KPMG, PwC and Gávea Investimentos, and lecturing appointments at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Monash and Deakin University. Further, he has authored and co-authored a number of research papers.

In 2009, Vincent relocated to Melbourne to start his PhD at Monash. While here, he was the recipient of the Monash Graduate Research and Faculty of Business and Economics scholarships. After his move to Deakin to become lecturer, Vincent was recognised with the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Partnerships and the Faculty Staff Award for Effectiveness, Excellence and Exemplar Practice in Research in 2015. In 2016, Vincent was a finalist for the Victorian International Alumnus of the Year.