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Women in Law winners revealed

The winners of the 2017 Women in Law Awards have been announced at a gala event in Melbourne.

user iconTom Lodewyke 23 October 2017 Big Law
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Lawyers from around the country came together on Friday, 20 October, to celebrate the achievements of the leading women in the legal profession.

Partners and executives, support staff, in-house counsel and law students were among the many exceptional lawyers who took the stage at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins to receive the rewards of their hard work.

These winners are not just outstanding professionals in their own light, they have also overcome significant gender-based barriers on the road to success. While the profession has come a long way, the pursuit of true equality is a constant challenge, and one actively taken on by many law firms and legal professionals.


It was in this spirit of commitment and congratulation that over 400 lawyers gathered in Melbourne to toast the success of the profession’s leading women.

Lawyers Weekly congratulates all the winners and finalists of the 2017 Women in Law Awards.


View the full list of finalists here.

Academic of the Year

Cathy Sherry

UNSW Sydney


Barrister of the Year

Katherine Brazenor

Victorian Bar


Dealmaker of the Year

Gina Cass-Gottlieb

Gilbert + Tobin


Executive of the Year

Sue Kench

King & Wood Mallesons


General Counsel of the Year

Katrina Johnson

Uber Asia-Pacific


HR Professional of the Year

Clare Monger

K&L Gates


In-House Lawyer of the Year

Fiona Harding

Bank of Queensland


Law Student of the Year

Marija Yelavich

Western Sydney University


Marketing Communications Executive of the Year

Rebecca Hanlan

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers


Mentor of the Year

Bronwyn Lincoln

Corrs Chambers Westgarth


Not-for-profit Lawyer of the Year

Angela Lynch (pictured left in photo above)

Women’s Legal Service Queensland


Partner of the Year

Melissa Fenton

Colin Biggers & Paisley


Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

Amy Burton

Salvos Legal Humanitarian


Senior Associate of the Year

Maria Panos

Henry Davis York


Sole Practitioner of the Year

Jennifer Hetherington

Hetherington Family Law


Special Counsel of the Year

Jennifer Harris

Clayton Utz


Thought Leader of the Year

Anne-Marie Cade

Divorce Right Pty Ltd


Young Gun of the Year

Hannah Morris

Mills Oakley


Boutique Diversity Law Firm of the Year

Harmers Workplace Lawyers


Diversity Law Firm of the Year



Women in Law Excellence Award

Angela Lynch (pictured left in photo above)

Women’s Legal Service Queensland