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Women in Law Awards winners revealed

Women in Law Awards winners revealed

The winners of the fourth annual Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards were announced on Friday at a black-tie event in Melbourne.

More than 340 people turned up to the Grand Hyatt to celebrate the achievements of the winners, carefully selected by our panel of high-profile judges.

The big winner of the night was Fiona McLeod SC, who took out Barrister of the Year, Mentor of the Year and the Lawyers Weekly Excellence Award.

Ms McLeod could not attend the Women in Law Awards due to a dinner in honour of outgoing Law Council of Australia president Duncan McConnel. Ms McLeod has recently been elected as the president-elect of the Law Council of Australia for 2016.

Ms McLeod appeared via video link to accept her awards, urging the profession to embrace equitable briefing and commit to furthering diversity in all forms.

Her commitment to not just her practice, but female lawyers and the legal profession as a whole, exemplifies the spirit of the Women in Law Awards.

Lawyers Weekly congratulates all the finalists and winners.

The winners of the 2015 Women in Law Awards are:

Academic of the Year

Cathryn Nolan, RMIT University

Barrister of the Year – presented by FTI Consulting

Fiona McLeod SC, Victorian Bar

Boutique Diversity Law Firm of the Year

LegalVision

Dealmaker of the Year

Yuen-Yee Cho, King & Wood Mallesons

Diversity Law Firm of the Year – presented by FTI Consulting

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Executive of the Year

Sue Kench, King & Wood Mallesons

General Counsel of the Year – presented by ACC

Carmel Mulhern, Telstra Corporation

In-house Lawyer of the Year – presented by DLA Piper

Sue Laver, Telstra Legal Services

Law Student of the Year

Taylor Macdonald, Western Sydney University

Marketing Communications Professional of the Year

Anita Bennett, AdventBalance

Mentor of the Year

Fiona McLeod SC, Victorian Bar

Partner of the Year – presented by e.law International

Colleen Platford, Gilbert + Tobin

Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year – presented by ACC

Talya Faigenbaum, Faigenbaum Family Lawyers

Senior Associate of the Year – presented by e.law International

Elizabeth Hundt Russel, King & Wood Mallesons

Sole Practitioner of the Year

Anny Slater, Slaters Intellectual Property Lawyers

Special Counsel of the Year

Claire Forster, Norton Rose Fulbright

Thought Leader of the Year – presented by Leo Cussen Centre for Law

Clarissa Rayward, Brisbane Family Law Centre

Young Gun of the Year – presented by Leo Cussen Centre for Law

Elizabeth Aitken, TressCox Lawyers

Lawyers Weekly Excellence Award

Fiona McLeod SC, Victorian Bar


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