The profession’s top women revealed

27 October 2016 By Lara Bullock

The winners of the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2016 were announced in Melbourne last night.

The Women in Law Awards celebrates female talent and achievement, from up-and-comers to executives, from private practice to in-house and from students to mentors.

The 19 winners were announced at a black-tie gala dinner at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins last night.

The 400-strong crowd was entertained by comedian and TV personality Corinne Grant while enjoying a three-course meal.


Lawyers Weekly congratulates all the finalists and winners.

Full list of winners:

Academic of the Year
Dr Alexandra George, University of New South Wales

Barrister of the Year
Jane Needham SC, 13th Floor St James Hall

Boutique Diversity Law Firm of the Year
Keypoint Law

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Dealmaker of the Year
Julie Levis, Clayton Utz

Diversity Law Firm of the Year

Executive of the Year
Michelle Dixon, Maddocks

General Counsel of the Year
Claire Bibby, Brookfield Properties

In-House Lawyer of the Year
Jessica Norris, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation

Law Student of the Year
Jessica Provost, Gordon & Barry Lawyers/Redfern Legal Centre/UNSW

Marketing Communications Executive of the Year
Lauren White, DLA Piper

Mentor of the Year
Jennifer Harris, Clayton Utz

Not-for-profit Lawyer of the Year
Skye Worth, Gold Coast Community Legal Centre & Advice Bureau Inc.

Partner of the Year
Shannon Platt, Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
Sarah Morton-Ramwell, Ashurst

Senior Associate of the Year
Maria Yiasemides, Jones Day

Sole Practitioner of the Year
Dorota Bryks, Bryks Lawyers

Special Counsel of the Year
Paula Robinson, MinterEllison

Thought Leader of the Year
Sarah Bartholomeusz, You Legal

Young Gun of the Year
Katherine O'Regan, Gadens

Women in Law Excellence Award
Claire Bibby, Brookfield Properties

The profession’s top women revealed
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