24 Jul 2018
June 20, 2018, 12:21 pm
**Lawyers Weekly, in partnership with Major, Lindsey & Africa, is pleased to reveal the winners for this year's Partner of the Year Awards.** Over 450 members of the legal profession and its supporters gathered at Sydney's Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, 15 June to celebrate the third annual Partner of the Year Awards. Guests were treated to a three-course meal, with entertainment provided by MC and stand-up comedian Dave Thornton as the winners of each of the 25 categories were named. With over 150 finalists, this year's Partner of the Year Awards represented tough competition, showcasing those at the top of their game and who instill a high level of commitment to leadership, technical expertise, mentorship and business development skills. Lawyers Weekly would like to congratulate all of the evening's finalists and winners. A special thanks must also be given to our judges and sponsors of the event. We hope to see you all again next year! **The 2018 Partner of the Year winners are:** **Banking and Finance Partner of the Year** Sarah Jones, JHK Legal Australia **Commercial Partner of the Year** Philippa Stone, Herbert Smith Freehills **Competition, Trade and Regulation Partner of the Year** Gina Cass-Gottlieb, Gilbert + Tobin **Construction and Infrastructure Partner of the Year** Stewart Nankervis, MinterEllison **Criminal Partner of the Year** Daniel Hua, Cridland & Hua Lawyers **Dispute Resolution and Litigation Partner of the Year** Jason Betts, Herbert Smith Freehills **Family Law Partner of the Year** Monica Blizzard, KHQ Lawyers **Financial Services Partner of the Year** Michael Vrisakis, Herbert Smith Freehills **Government Partner of the Year** Holly McAdam, Sparke Helmore Lawyers **Health Partner of the Year** Kathryn Booth, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers **Insolvency Partner of the Year** Peter Hegarty, Hegarty Legal **Insurance Partner of the Year** Kim Shaw, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers **Intellectual Property Partner of the Year** Katrina Rathie, King & Wood Mallesons **Mergers and Acquisitions Partner of the Year** Tim Gordon, Gilbert + Tobin **Migration Partner of the Year** Sarah Dale, Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) **Native Title Partner of the Year** Mark Geritz, Clayton Utz **Planning and Environment Partner of the Year** Rebecca Dixon, Ashurst **Pro Bono Partner of the Year** Heidi Nash-Smith, Wotton + Kearney **Projects, Energy and Resources Partner of the Year** Mark Geritz, Clayton Utz **Real Estate Partner of the Year** Jason Cornwall-Jones, Ashurst **Taxation Partner of the Year** Paul Sokolowski, Arnold Bloch Leibler **Technology, Media and Telecommunications Partner of the Year** Dr Martyn Taylor, Norton Rose Fulbright **Workplace Health and Safety Relations Partner of the Year** Shae McCartney, Clayton Utz **Workplace Relations Partner of the Year** Michael Harmer, Harmers Workplace Lawyers **Partner of the Year Excellence Award** Michael Vrisakis, Herbert Smith Freehills

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