In-House Lawyer of the Year

Principal Partner


Verity White

Legal Counsel & Automation Coach


In-house lawyer/legal counsel


Deakin University, College of Law, Simon Fraser University

Commercial, competition, trade and regulation, consumer, corporate, intellectual property, media, technology, media and telecommunications

LLB (Hons), GDLP

Law Institute of Victoria

Victorian Women Lawyers
Association of Corporate Counsel
Victorian Society of Computers and the Law

What a massive year! Difficult to choose… In the first half of the year, successfully mapping, and implementing a customised intake, triage, and matter management system for a team of 31 enterprise contracting lawyers around Australia for hundreds of service catalogue items was a massive undertaking. And in the second half of the year, pushing for an improved contracting experience by leading the redesign of our standard form of agreement with enterprise customers – always happy to get icons and visual diagrams into agreements!

Personally, having the courage to start a business during the pandemic, as well as being able to support my teammates and clients during the pandemic has been extremely rewarding.

What if everyone wrote beautiful contracts everyone could read, understand, and use?

Not sure it’s a mantra but more of a mission…

This is my main mission for always trying to improve every legal document and contract I interact with… If everyone worked that little bit harder to design contracts and advice people could understand, we could start to talk about more important relational issues and legal concepts .

Approximately 60 hours over the past 12 months. I volunteer my time at STREAT Ltd, a hospitality social enterprise, where I am Company Secretary and assist with some legal issues as they arise or lease with specialist legal counsel (such as employment lawyers during COVID-19 café/event shutdown)