OUR JUDGES

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Dr. John Boersig PSM

CEO
Legal Aid ACT

Dr Boersig is CEO of Legal Aid ACT by the ACT.

Prior to this appointment Dr Boersig worked as an Assistant Secretary in the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, responsible for a number of areas including Indigenous law and justice and human rights. Before joining the Attorney-General’s Department John practiced law in NSW, as a lawyer for the Aboriginal Legal Service and in private practice. He established the University of Newcastle Legal Centre and was Director of the Professional program in 1994. He was a part-time Presiding member of the Guardianship Tribunal for many years.

John has a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Canberra. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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Amreeta Abbott

CEO
NowInfinity

Amreeta Abbott is the CEO and founder of NowInfinity, an industry leading fintech company that provides advanced technology solutions to the accounting and financial services industry.

Since founding the business in 2012, Amreeta has led NowInfinity to achieve significant business growth. Over 300,000 companies are now actively managed within the platform by members, which offers 5 platforms in one on a subscription basis.

An award-winning entrepreneur and passionate thought leader in the fintech space, Amreeta is well known for her ability to create new opportunities through vision and smart partner integrations.

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Andrew Selim

General Counsel and Company Secretary
Home Consortium

Andrew is General Counsel and Company Secretary at Home Consortium, an internally managed Australian property group focussed on ownership, development and management which is built on a platform of big brands and hyper-convenience. He was recently named in the globally prestigious GC Powerlist Australia 2019 and has been recognised in Doyles Best Lawyers Guide 2019 as a leading in-house lawyer. Andrew was also Construction and Real Estate Lawyer of the Year 2019 at the Corporate Counsel Awards, was shortlisted to win General Counsel of the Year 2018 at the Australian Law Awards, and was a finalist for In-House Lawyer of the Year 2017 at the Australian Law Awards. He has also been shortlisted to win Construction and Real Estate Lawyer of the Year 2020 at the Corporate Counsel Awards.

He has worked at leading global law firms in Australia and the United Kingdom and more recently worked as Senior Legal Counsel and Company Secretary at The GPT Group, one of Australia's leading real estate investment trusts.

Andrew sat on the 2019 Law Society of New South Wales In-House Corporate Lawyers Committee. He is currently a member of the Governance Institute of Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia. For 2 years he sat on the Property Council of Australia Future Directions Committee (NSW Division). During that time he also chaired the Property Council of Australia's Future Leaders Mentoring Program Subcommittee.

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Anna Lozynski

Freelance Gc & Advisor

Anna Lozynski is an award winning executive general counsel & author, turned Change Agent, Advisor and Influencer.

Starting out at a major Australian law firm, she has spent the majority of her legal career in-house working in the banking, automotive and cosmetics industries. In 2021, Anna has donned her entrepreneurial shoes, and started her own business, on a mission to help law and business adapt to the digital age, launching her own Advisory service.

She believes that innovation is invigorating, change is energising and efficiency will never go out of fashion.

In addition, she is an Advisory Board Member to Mys Tyler (a fashion tech startup), She Breaks The Law (a global female innovator network), and sits on the CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) Australia Chapter.

Described as a change agent, Anna is a sought-after commentator, mindset coach and consultant both domestically and internationally – seeking to shift the dialogue in order to propel the corporate world forward.

You are invited to join Anna’s online communities @legallyinnovative and LinkedIn as well as @annaloz on Clubhouse.

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Barry Cameron

Head Counsel
Baker Hughes

Barry is Head Counsel, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea for Baker Hughes, a NYSE listed energy technology company. Baker Hughes designs, manufactures and services transformative technologies to facilitate the global energy transition.

Barry is a recent addition to the legal profession in Australia, having first qualified in Scotland more than 25 years ago. He has spent almost his entire legal career in industry, working on oil and gas projects internationally with some of the world’s largest service companies. At one, the offshore drilling company Transocean, he led the Legal Global Operations function, working closely with the business in harnessing opportunities and resolving challenges while developing a diverse, multi-cultural team. His career has taken him from the UK to Australia via Paris and Houston, arriving in Perth in 2018. Having qualified in WA in 2018, he is now proud to be a fully-fledged member of the profession in Australia. Barry is passionate about lawyers becoming leaders, given their breadth of business knowledge and ability to identify and assess risk, and keenly promotes innovation in the provision of legal services. Outside of work, Barry enjoys golf (sometimes) and watching most sports as well as spending time with the four women in his life, his wife and three daughters.

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Cassandra Heilbronn

Sports & Entertainment - Regulation Legal Manager
Royal Commission for AlUla

Cassandra is the Sports, Entertainment and Events Regulation Legal Manager at the Royal Commission for AlUla, and prior to June 2019 was a Senior Associate in the Sports and Corporate Risk practice group at MinterEllison in Australia. Her practice areas saw her acting in commercial matters with worldwide sporting organisations, corporations and sponsors; event management; player disputes on behalf of Clubs and governing bodies; player selection appeals for international athletics competitions and managing image rights and social media disputes (defamation and discrimination). Over the past twelve years, Cassandra also acted in insurance disputes primarily in the management liability, professional indemnity, medical negligence and public liability space.

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Catherine Maxwell

General Manager, Policy and Advocacy
Governance Institute of Australia

Catherine has a strong background in governance and policy gained at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, the ASX Corporate Governance Council, ASX, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Financial Services Council. Qualified as a lawyer, she has also held roles as a company secretary with The Cancer Council NSW, NPP Australia Limited and Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets Limited.

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Dean Clifford-Jones

National Director and President (QLD Chapter)
Pride in Law

Dean Clifford-Jones holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Arts (Politics, Government and Public Policy) in addition to several post-graduate qualifications in law and business. Following his time as a Judges’ Associate, Mr Clifford-Jones was admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2009. He is also admitted to the High Court of Australia.

Mr Clifford-Jones has worked in the legal industry for over a decade, including as a Crown Prosecutor and later as a Principal Lawyer in child protection. Mr Clifford-Jones is currently a full-time Professional Board Member (Legal) on the Parole Board Queensland.

In July 2017, Mr Clifford-Jones founded Pride in Law; Australia’s first LGBTIQ+ law association. Mr Clifford-Jones is currently a National Director and President of Pride in Law’s Queensland Chapter.

In 2020, the Law Council of Australia announced Mr Clifford-Jones as the 2020 Australian Young Lawyer Award winner. Mr Clifford-Jones was also the recipient of Griffith University’s 2018 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award (AEL). Mr Clifford-Jones has also been the recipient of the Queensland Public Service Commission Diversity Scholarship Award and a George Alexander Foundation Scholar.

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Fiona Craig

Owner
Fiona Craig Consulting

Fiona Craig is a Career Success Mentor for lawyers, with a particular focus on working with women in the profession.

She started her career as a corporate lawyer and has worked with the legal profession for over 25 years.

Her mentoring, coaching and training has helped thousands of women lawyers find the confidence to break through the common barriers facing them in the industry, and learn the crucial skills and mindset required to build a successful, sustainable and satisfying career in law.

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Linda Baxter

Director, Continuing Professional Development
Leo Cussen Centre for Law

Linda Baxter is the Director, Continuing Professional Development and part of the senior management team at Leo Cussen Centre for Law. Having previously been in private practice followed by a regulatory investigative role, Linda also writes materials and trains legal practitioners in Ethics & Professional Conduct.

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Nicholas Stewart

Partner
Dowson Turco Lawyers

Nicholas Stewart is a former corporate lawyer at one of Australia’s top tier firms, a former corporate counsel at a large telco, and now a partner at Dowson Turco Lawyers, an out loud and proud LGBTIQ+ law firm servicing all communities across Australia. He sits on the executive management committee and is the Public Interest Litigation Chair at Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, and is the Chair of the Advancement of Women Committee within the Law Society of NSW’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

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Rachel Launders

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Nine Entertainment Co.

Rachel is general counsel and company secretary at Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited, leading a team which manages the diverse array of legal issues which arise across the business. Prior to joining Nine Entertainment Co. in 2015, Rachel was a partner at Gilbert + Tobin for many years where she specialised in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance.

Rachel is a director and company secretary of Giant Steps, a charity which runs schools for children and young adults with autism in Sydney and Melbourne.

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Rebecca Edwards

General Counsel
PAYCE Consolidated

Rebecca has advised developers and landowners on industrial, commercial and residential development projects, is on the board of Mackillop Rural Community Services and now works as general counsel at PAYCE Consolidated Limited.

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Sarah Turner

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Link Group

Sarah Turner is the General Counsel & Company Secretary of global financial services business Link Group.

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in global leadership, company secretarial and legal services in Australia, the UK and Asia in industries including healthcare and technology as well as in private legal practice.

Prior to Link Group, Sarah was most recently General Counsel & Company Secretary at REA Group Ltd, a global digital media company operating leading property websites in Australia, Europe, Asia and the US.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course (GAICD) and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA, FCG).

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Sue Kench

Global Chief Executive
King & Wood Mallesons

Sue Kench is the Global Chief Executive and Co-Chairman China of King & Wood Mallesons, Asia’s leading international law firm.

Sue took on the Global Chief Executive role in 2017 after leading the firm in Australia for four years as Chief Executive Partner, Australia. Sue was the first woman in Australia to lead a top tier law firm in that role and is the first Australian female to lead a global law firm and a China firm.

Sue works closely with the Global Chairman and the firm’s International Management Committee to lead the firm’s international growth strategy. Sue is based in Hong Kong and spends significant time in China and Australia.
She became a Partner of legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques in 1996 and has held a number of board, management and leadership positions in the firm over the past two decades.

Amongst her many professional achievements, Sue has received a number of accolades and acknowledgements for her impact and influence on the legal profession in the Asia Pacific. These include:

  • AFR Power List 2020 – Legal
  • The Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the 21st Century award recognising her significant professional achievements between 2000 and 2020 (2020);
  • Doctor of Letters honoris causa from Macquarie University in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the law (2019);
  • The esteemed ‘Legal leader’ award, at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards, in recognition of her significant role in driving King & Wood Mallesons growth and success across APAC (2018);
  • The Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Women of Influence (2018);
  • The Lawyers Weekly Executive of the Year award (2017).

Sue is on the Board of Directors of AUSTCHAM Beijing and is a member of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, Chief Executive Women and the Business Council of Australia.

Sue is married with three children.

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Troy Swan

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Winc | Staples + OfficeMax

Troy Swan is the Chief Legal Officer, Company Secretary and Board Member of the $1.4billion office products company Winc Australia & New Zealand. Winc was formed following the acquisition of Staples & OfficeMax by US based private equity firm Platinum Equity.

He has been publicly recognised as one of Australia's leading corporate lawyers and was named the 2017 Australian Lawyer of the Year (FMCG) and a General Counsel of the Year finalist in both 2016 and 2017. He became only the second Australian lawyer to win the prestigious International Value Champions Award in San Francisco and was recently named in Washington, the Association of Corporate Counsel Member of the Year, from over 43,000 lawyers worldwide for his commitment to the legal community and profession. This was the first time this honour was ever awarded to a lawyer outside America.

Known for his business judgment, he is highly active within the Sydney legal and business community. He is a regular speaker and media commentator on legal affairs, innovation and large scale legal service delivery models and leads an award winning legal team based in Sydney.

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Wayne Clarke

Head of Legal
Cognizant Technology Solutions

Wayne is currently the Head of Legal for Cognizant Technology Solutions Australia & New Zealand. He has over 10 years experience as an in-house counsel in mining & resources, oil & gas, banking and technology consulting. Wayne also holds a Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Master of Laws, Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Harvard University School of Law Negotiation Programme. Wayne is passionate about advocating for in-house as a career of choice, and believes that Diversity & inclusion in legal teams truly creates outstanding client outcomes.

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Dr. Jürgen Bröhmer

Professor of Law
Murdoch University, School of Law

In January 2012 Jürgen Bröhmer joined the Law School of Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia as Dean and Professor of Law. Before joining Murdoch University he worked at the University of New England, in Armidale, NSW, Australia, having commenced there in 2006 and serving as Head of the Law School from 2007 to 2011. He received his law degree from Mannheim University in Germany and his doctorate and post-doctoral habilitation from Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany where worked at the Europa-Institute of Saarland University from 1992 to 2006 and where he continues to be part of the visiting faculty. His areas of expertise are German and comparative constitutional law, European Union law, public international law and international human rights law. Jürgen has authored two and co-authored one monograph in specific areas of public international (State Immunity and the Violation of Human Rights, Kluwer Law International, 1997), German constitutional and European Union Law (Transparency as a Constitutional Principle – Basic Law and European Union, Mohr Siebeck, 2004), edited a number of other books and published numerous articles and book chapters (details at www.jbroehmer.de).

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Geraldine Johns-Putra

Principal
Geraldine Grace

Geraldine Johns-Putra is an experienced corporate lawyer and expert in enterprise governance, purpose, business & human rights and modern slavery. She runs her own practice in Melbourne focussing on enterprises seeking purpose, and actors in the impact economy. She is legal advisor to not-for-profits making an impact in this space, including B Lab Australia & NZ and Impact Investing Australia. Her purpose is to use the law to build more purposeful enterprises & ecosystems for a happier world.

She has over 20 years' experience practising law in Australia, the UK, Hong Kong and China. She has worked with large global and Australian law firms and was a partner of a top-tier Australian law firm for several years. She sits on the Council of Monash University.

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John Nerurker

CEO
Mills Oakley

John has been CEO of Mills Oakley for fifteen years.

Armed with a mandate to position the firm as one of Australia’s most successful national law partnerships, John works closely with all partners to lead Mills Oakley’s overall direction and strategy. He has infused the firm with his own brand of energetic leadership and spirit to deliver on a vision of outstanding legal expertise and client service.

With his commitment to innovation both within the firm and externally via Mills Oakley’s partnership with Swinburne University’s Legal Futures Lab, John has developed a reputation as one of Australia’s most progressive legal CEOs.