find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
All White on the night for In-house Award

All White on the night for In-house Award

A government lawyer who led the implementation of the Commonwealth’s Legal Services Multi-Use List (LSMUL) took home the ACLA In-house Award at this year’s Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.

A government lawyer who led the implementation of the Commonwealth’s Legal Services Multi-Use List (LSMUL) took home the ACLA In-house Award at this year’s Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.

Emma White (pictured), who is the director of the Office of Legal Services Coordination at the Attorney-General’s Department, was the only nominee from the government sector among the quartet of finalists for this prestigious Award.

White, who was unable to attend the glittering ceremony in Melbourne on Friday night (18 October) because she is overseas, was up against three impressive nominees from major companies.

Graincorp group general counsel Betty Ivanoff; NAB’s general counsel (banking, products & markets) Kate Olgers, and Lonely Planet general counsel Jasna Bratic were the other nominees in this category.

The Award’s judge, Jane Needham SC, said that the high quality of the candidates made this a tough decision: “While each applicant met the criteria in outstanding ways, making this decision particularly difficult, I was impressed with Emma’s recent achievements in co-ordinating and leading the implementation ... of new strategies for the streamlining of Commonwealth legal service delivery.

“She is committed to mentoring and guiding other women ... and has encouraged flexible work practices within her team,” added Needham.

The implementation of LSMUL required coordination and collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders within the government sector, and this is not the first award Emma has received in recognition of her work on it; the team responsible for the delivery of the reforms, which was led by Emma, was awarded an Australia Day Achievement Award for their work this year.

She is also an active mentor, with one of her mentees, Rachel Zorzo, who is a mother of two, saying that Emma “created a supportive and flexible working environment that allowed me to develop my legal career while still being able to enjoy my family responsibilities”.

Emma also leads by example when it comes to having a good work-life balance: she is self-employed as a voice and drama coach in Canberra and performs in musical and cabaret productions.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

All White on the night for In-house Award
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...