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Finalists revealed for Partner of the Year Awards 2023

Nearly 300 finalists have been chosen to battle it out in 34 categories at the 2023 instalment of the Partner of the Year Awards.

user iconLawyers Weekly 06 June 2023 Big Law
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Run with the support of principal partner Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the eighth annual Partner of the Year Awards will recognise the achievements of Australia’s top-performing law partners and partners-equivalent.

The awards program will culminate in a black-tie gala ceremony on Thursday, 20 July 2023, at The Star in Sydney.

This year, Lawyers Weekly received 464 submissions, from which 283 finalists have qualified to contest for 34 individual awards.


These categories include Capital Markets Partner of the Year, Class Actions Partner of the Year, Government Partner of the Year, Native Title Partner of the Year, and Wills & Estates Partner of the Year.

Other finalists include specialists in corporate and family law, pro bono, tax, and migration, and new partners who have been in the position for three years or fewer.

The highest-scoring individual winner will be the recipient of the prestigious Excellence Award.

Last year, Herbert Smith Freehills partner, global co-head of class actions Jason Betts walked away with the top prize after winning both the Dispute Resolution Partner of the Year and the Litigation Partner of the Year awards.

The Partner of the Year Awards program sets the benchmark for excellence, pinpoints professional development and innovation, and showcases individuals who are going above and beyond for their clients and organisation, while propelling the industry forward.

Winning an award could set partners apart from their competitors, strengthen their position in the legal profession by elevating their personal brand, reaffirm their role within their law firm, and unlock new opportunities in their careers.

The awards ceremony will showcase the talent of individuals who have demonstrated leadership, technical expertise, and business development skills, while mentoring new entrants in the legal profession.

It also presents an opportunity for the legal profession to cheer their finalist peers, mingle with their colleagues, and network with leaders in the legal profession.

Editor Jerome Doraisamy said: “On behalf of the entire team at Lawyers Weekly, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to all the finalists for this year’s Partner of the Year Awards.

“Your outstanding achievements, unwavering dedication, and exceptional contributions to the legal profession have set you apart as true leaders. We wish you the best of luck and look forward to celebrating your accomplishments at the awards ceremony.”

Click here to view the full list of finalists.

Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala ceremony on Thursday, 20 July 2023, at The Star in Sydney.

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