Australia’s best in-house lawyers revealed

Australia’s best in-house lawyers revealed

01 March 2018 By Emma Ryan
Australia’s best in-house lawyers revealed

Lawyers Weekly is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Corporate Counsel Awards.

For the second year running, Lawyers Weekly has celebrated the best in-house lawyers and legal teams across Australia.

This year’s event, in partnership with LOD - Lawyers on Demand, saw over 500 guests gather together at Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel.

Winners, finalists, colleagues, friends and family were treated to a three-course dinner, as well as entertainment provided by master of ceremonies Craig Reucassel.


Twenty-seven awards were handed out, including the hotly contested Excellence Award.

We would like to thank all of those who came out to celebrate the nation’s finest in the corporate counsel community, as well as our partners and judges who had a hand in making the event possible.

Now, without further ado – meet this year’s best in-house lawyers and legal teams…


Academia, Training and Education Lawyer of the Year
Theo Kapodistrias
University of Tasmania


Agribusiness Lawyer of the Year
John Lane-Mullins
Olam Australia

Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year
Catherine James
Challenger Limited

Construction and Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
Claire Hashman

FMCG Lawyer of the Year
David Dwyer
Unilever Australia and New Zealand

Government Lawyer of the Year
Mark Cunliffe
Commonwealth Department of Defence

Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Lawyer of the Year
Simone Tierney
Lodestar Legal

Industrial, Materials and Manufacturing Lawyer of the Year
Alice Polglase
Cotton On Group

Infrastructure, Utilities and Energy Lawyer of the Year
Johnny Short

Insurance Lawyer of the Year
Elissa Baxter
Lawcover Insurance

Sports and Entertainment Lawyer of the Year
Sunil Puranikmath

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyer of the Year
Dominic Ward

Transport and Logistics Lawyer of the Year
Kimberly Statham
Woolworths Limited

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Lawyer of the Year
Chris Todd
Ardent Leisure Group


Agribusiness Team of the Year
GrainCorp Group Legal

Banking and Finance Team of the Year
American Express Australia

Construction and Real Estate Team of the Year
Vicinity Centres

FMCG Team of the Year
Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd

Government Team of the Year
Defence Legal Commonwealth Department of Defence

Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Team of the Year
Swisse Wellness Pty Ltd

Industrial, Materials and Manufacturing Team of the Year
Cotton On Group

Infrastructure, Utilities and Energy Team of the Year
Yancoal Australia Ltd

Insurance Team of the Year
AIA Australia Limited

Sports and Entertainment Team of the Year
Football Federation Australia

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Team of the Year

Transport and Logistics Team of the Year
Cobham Aviation Services

Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Excellence Award
Catherine James

Australia’s best in-house lawyers revealed
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