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Finalists announced for Women in Law Awards 2023

Almost 280 top-performing female lawyers have qualified as finalists at this year’s Women in Law Awards, now in its 12th year.

user iconMalavika Santhebennur 03 October 2023 Big Law
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Lawyers Weekly is pleased to reveal that 276 finalists have been chosen out of a record 834 submissions to battle it out for 29 awards at the Women in Law Awards 2023.

Click here to view the full list of finalists.

Run with the support of principal partner nrol, the 12th annual Women in Law Awards will recognise the exceptional women leading the charge in the Australian legal profession.


The prestigious national awards program provides a platform for women to showcase their achievements, attract more clients, and propel their careers.

The program will culminate in a black-tie gala ceremony on Thursday, 23 November, at Crown Melbourne, which will celebrate the best and brightest in the legal profession and highlight the successes of women working in the industry. Click here to buy tickets.

These include executives, barristers, academics, pro bono, in-house lawyers, Indigenous lawyers, students, legal operations professionals, legal support professionals, as well as partners.

There were 26 individual submission-based categories for entrants to choose from this year (including Sole Practitioner of the Year and Special Counsel of the Year) along with three group categories (including Diversity Law Firm of the Year and Innovator of the Year).

All submissions underwent a thorough audit process, where demographic and other information were checked against category eligibility criteria based on the information provided in the submission.

Submissions deemed eligible against the criteria were reviewed and assessed to determine the finalists for each category.

Finalists’ submissions will now be delivered to a panel of well-respected professionals and business leaders, who will assess each submission against the criteria of each award category.

The judges score each part of the submission across the category’s criteria, giving an aggregated score. Several judges will individually assess each submission for each category, offering a blended score and assessment.

The combined judging scores for every submission across each category are tabulated, with the highest-scoring submission deemed the winner.

In addition, the highest-scoring individual winner will become the recipient of the coveted Excellence Award at the gala ceremony.

In 2022, this award went to Maddocks partner Sonia Sharma after she won the Partner of the Year – BigLaw award.

Winning an award could distinguish organisations from their competitors when attracting and retaining the best talent and strengthen their position when winning and retaining business.

The awards ceremony is an opportunity for the legal profession to network with industry leaders while celebrating the successes of their peers and colleagues.

Lawyers Weekly editor Jerome Doraisamy said: “It is always such a privilege for us to acknowledge and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women across Australia’s legal profession.

“With female professionals still facing particular social, cultural and environmental hurdles in law, it remains as important as ever to champion women across the board in the fight for true equality.

“Congratulations to all of the finalists, and we can’t wait to see you on the night.”

Click here to view the full list of finalists.

The Women in Law Awards black-tie gala ceremony will be held on Thursday, 23 November, at Crown Melbourne. Click here to buy tickets.

For more information about the awards, click here.

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