Achievements within the Victorian legal community - including the Bushfire Legal Help initiative - have been honoured today at the Law Institute of Victoria Legal Awards in Melbourne.
The awards were open to the 14,000 lawyers in Victoria over a number of different categories, with the winners announced at a ceremony at Federation Square...
The ceremony saw the Bushfire Legal Help initiative recognised, following the work of 580 legal practitioners who volunteered their time to assist victims of the Black Saturday fires, while Tony Macvean, the managing partner of Hall & Wilcox took out the coveted managing partner of the year award, for his work in orchestrating the recent success and growth at the firm.
Other 2009 LIV Legal Award winners
The Paul Baker Award: Debbie Mortimer SC
Access to Justice award: Mary Anne Noone from the West Heidelberg Community Legal Service
Accredited specialist award: Chriss Molnar from McKean Park
Community lawyer award: Brendan Sydes from the Environment Defenders Office
General award: Loch Adams from Adams & Garde
Government lawyer award: John Scala from the Australian Government Solicitor's office
Green initiative of the year award: Julie Fraser from the Australian Government Solicitor's office
Legal ethics award: Peter Rashleigh, DLA. Phillips Fox
Managing partner of the year award: Anthony Macvean from Hall & Wilcox
Mentor award: Hugh McKenzie from Harwood Andrews
Pro bono award: Jane Good from Brand Partners Commercial Lawyers
Regional lawyer award: James Tait from Tait Leishman Taylor Lawyers
Rogers legal writing award: Julia Avis and Emma Cahill from Minter Ellison