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Winners of the Australian Law Awards reign supreme

Winners of the Australian Law Awards reign supreme

The names of the very best that law has to offer have been revealed at the 17th Australian Law Awards.

More than 700 guests gathered in Sydney for the glitzy sell-out event hosted at the Star Harbourside last Friday, 1 September.

The evening recognised outstanding work being done across major legal practice areas, excellence at the bar, legal in-house powerhouses, innovators and various firm-led pro bono programs.

Individual excellence was also toasted with gongs awarded to Australia’s best legal scholar, student, corporate young gun and B+D personnel.

Lawyers Weekly congratulates all of the following winners who are recipients of a 2017 Australian Law Award:


Academic of the Year

Michael Legg



Banking and Finance Team of the Year

Clayton Utz


Barrister of the Year

William Lye OAM

Foley’s List


Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Salvos Legal


Business Development Professional of the Year

Melissa Lyon

Hive Legal Pty Ltd


Commercial Team of the Year

King & Wood Mallesons


Dealmaker of the Year

Rebecca Maslen-Stannage

Herbert Smith Freehills


Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills


Employee Program of the Year

Henry Davis York, TogetherHDY


Energy and Resources Team of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills


General Counsel of the Year

Katrina Johnson

Uber Asia-Pacific


Government Team of the Year



In-House Lawyer of the Year

April Rich

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation


In-House Team of the Year

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation


Innovator of the Year



Insurance Team of the Year



Intellectual Property Team of the Year

Gilbert + Tobin


Law Firm of the Year

Gilbert + Tobin


Law Student of the Year

Milan Gandhi

University of Queensland


Legal Support Professional of the Year

Debbie Harding

Herbert Smith Freehills


Managing Partner of the Year

Tony Macvean

Hall & Wilcox


NewLaw Firm of the Year



Partner of the Year

Karwan Eskerie

Sparke Helmore Lawyers


Pro Bono Program of the Year

Arnold Bloch Leibler


Property Team of the Year

Clayton Utz


Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

Harwood Andrews


Regional/Suburban Lawyer of the Year

Melinda Griffiths

Slater and Gordon Lawyers


Senior Associate of the Year

Agata Bober

King & Wood Mallesons


Sole Practitioner of the Year

Jennifer Hetherington

Hetherington Family Law


Special Counsel of the Year

Chris Mitchell

Norton Rose Fulbright


Transaction Team of the Year

King & Wood Mallesons


Workplace Relations and Employment Team of the Year

Harmers Workplace Lawyers


Young Gun of the Year

Matthew Littlejohn

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers


Lawyers Weekly Excellence Award

William Lye OAM

Foley's List                         


A full list of this year’s award finalists can be viewed here.

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