CATEGORIES

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Academic of the Year

The development of the next generation of lawyers is fundamental to the growth of the industry – and academics have a major responsibility in cultivating this talent.

This award recognises the academic who is most effectively shaping legal students, including undergraduate, post-graduate and JD students, and those completing a BA LLB. Through their work, the academic instills a passion for the law, professional excellence and expertise.

It is open to all female academics teaching at an undergraduate or JD level at an approved tertiary institution and covers FY2019.

Barrister of the Year

A barrister at the top of their game uses razor-sharp analysis to sway the jury.

This award recognises outstanding performance by a female barrister over FY2019.

It is open to female barristers who were admitted to the Bar before 1 July 2019.

Company Secretary / Governance Professional of the Year

These professionals are of utmost importance to a company’s day-to-day operations.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual company secretary, including corporate and public sector lawyers, during FY18-19.

It is also open to corporate governance advisers and/or officers.The individual must be fully integrated into the entity and not conduct any work on any private practice matters.

Dealmaker of the Year

A firm’s fortunes are intrinsically linked to its dealmakers.

This award recognises outstanding performance by a female partner/principal who has acted on one or more transactions over FY2019.

It is open to individual female partners, principals, general counsel / heads of legal or their equivalent in transaction-based practices.

Executive of the Year

The mark of an effective leader is a thriving business.

This award recognises those who lead firms from the front.

It is open to any female managing partner, principal, CEO or managing director within a private practice firm and covers the period FY2019.

General Counsel of the Year

General counsel play an important management role within companies and government departments, acting as both legal and commercial advisers to business leaders.

This award recognises superior in-house performance and leadership.

It is open to all female general counsel or heads of legal and covers the period FY2019.

HR Professional of the Year

An essential pillar to any legal firm, the human resources function not only connects the firm with new or prospective employees, it is also fundamental to creating and cultivating the culture of the business.

This award acknowledges the female HR professional within private practice who has done most to support the firm over FY2019.

In-House Lawyer of the Year

In-house lawyers are at the coalface of a company’s day-to-day operations, influencing both legal and business decisions.

This award recognises outstanding performance by a female lawyer working in-house, including both corporate and public sector lawyers.

It is open to all female lawyers working within an in-house team who do not hold the role of general counsel or head of legal and covers the period FY2019.

Indigenous Lawyer of the Year

This award recognises lawyer of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage who has demonstrated excellence in their industry and supported Indigenous communities.

Innovator of the Year (Individual)

This award recognises the female legal professional who has most effectively developed and capitalised on innovation within the legal industry. All types of innovation will be considered, whether related to service excellence, product, systems and business development, technology, workplace management and enterprise or any other style of innovation.

This award acknowledges the female professional who has best demonstrated innovation within Australian law over FY2019.

It is open to all female professionals working within the legal industry over FY2019.

Law Student of the Year

In the toughest graduate jobs market in history, law students are performing beyond expectations to guarantee their entry into the legal profession.

This award recognises the academic, community and legal achievements of undergraduates.

It is open to current female law students or a law student who completed their undergraduate studies in FY2019.

Legal Operations Professional of the Year

The multidisciplinary function of legal operations is on the rise in the Australian market, providing companies with an opportunity to optimise legal service delivery.

This award recognises a female legal operations professional who has successfully implemented change within their chosen organisation.

It is open to all female legal operations professionals employed by a legal firm or supporting an in-house legal team who held the position during FY2019.

Legal Support Professional of the Year

The outstanding results produced by legal teams are only possible due to the efforts of support staff.

This award recognises a female whose role forms part of a legal support team.

It is open to all female support staff professionals employed by a law firm or in-house legal team who held the position during FY2019.

Marketing Communications Professional of the Year

Marketing, communications and PR executives are central to the promotion and positioning of any firm, helping to connect with media, potential and current clients as well as stakeholders to inform, influence and engage.

This award recognises the female marketing communications executive within a legal private practice who has done the most to support the firm.

It is open to all female marketing communications professionals employed by a law firm who held the position during FY2019.

Mentor of the Year

The mentorship of emerging talent has a long history in the law and offers the opportunity for experienced operators to impart their experience to their peers.

To be considered for this award, applicants will need to showcase how their specific involvement in programs and initiatives over FY2019 has benefitted female lawyers and led to the development and retention of talent in the profession.

Not-for-Profit Lawyer of the Year

Lawyers working within the not-for-profit or community legal centre sector play an important role in providing access to justice to those without means.

This award recognises female lawyers who have worked primarily within the not-for-profit, legal aid or community legal centre sector within FY2019.

It is open to female lawyers employed by not-for-profits, legal aid or community legal centres.

Partner of the Year – BigLaw

Successful partners are not only profitable, they also foster a positive work culture within their practice group.

This award recognises outstanding performance by a female partner, or executive at equivalent level, within a BigLaw private practice firm over FY2019.

A BigLaw firm in Australia is traditionally classified as law firm that has offices in the vast majority of capital cities and may also have international offices.

Partner of the Year – SME

Successful partners are not only profitable, they also foster a positive work culture within their practice group.

This award recognises outstanding performance by a female partner, or executive at equivalent level, within a private practice SME law firm over FY2019.

SME practice needs to have 200 or fewer permanent employees as of 30 June 2019 and must be registered in Australia (or respective state/territory) as a sole trader, a partnership, or an incorporated or listed business.

Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

The legal profession has long supported the wider community through pro bono work, demonstrating a commitment to ensuring all members of society have access to legal representation.

This award recognises female lawyers who have demonstrated a commitment to the community over FY2019 via at least one significant pro bono initiative.

It is open to all in-house and private practice female lawyers.

Rising Star of the Year – BigLaw

The first few years of legal practice are critical to the future success of a lawyer. Those who demonstrate potential can fast-track their rise through the ranks.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual who has recently commenced her legal career in a BigLaw firm.

A BigLaw firm in Australia is traditionally classified as law firm that has offices in the vast majority of capital cities and may also have international offices.

It is open to female lawyers who are within their first five years of practice and are employed by a BigLaw firm.

Rising Star of the Year – In-House

The first few years of legal practice are critical to the future success of a lawyer. Those who demonstrate potential can fast-track their rise through the ranks.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual working in-house, including corporate and public sector lawyers.

It is open to female lawyers who are within their first five years of practice and working as a dedicated in-house lawyer, embedded on full-time secondment or working as a flexible legal services professional who does not hold the position of general counsel or head of legal. The individual must be fully integrated into the entity and not conduct any work on any private practice matters.

Rising Star of the Year – SME Law

The first few years of legal practice are critical to the future success of a lawyer. Those who demonstrate potential can fast-track their rise through the ranks.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual who has recently commenced her legal career in an SME law firm.

SME practice needs to have 200 or fewer permanent employees as of 30 June 2019 and must be registered in Australia (or respective state/territory) as a sole trader, a partnership, or an incorporated or listed business.

It is open to female lawyers who are within their first five years of practice and are employed by an SME law firm.

Senior Associate of the Year – BigLaw

Making partner is the holy grail for most senior associates, but only strong performers will be offered the coveted position.

This award recognises outstanding performance by a female lawyer at senior associate level within a BigLaw private practice law firm.

A BigLaw firm in Australia is traditionally classified as law firm that has offices in the vast majority of capital cities and may also have international offices.

Senior Associate of the Year – SME

Making partner is the holy grail for most senior associates, but only strong performers will be offered the coveted position.

This award recognises outstanding performance by a female lawyer at senior associate level within an SME private practice law firm.

SME practice needs to have 200 or fewer permanent employees as of 30 June 2019 and must be registered in Australia (or respective state/territory) as a sole trader, a partnership, or an incorporated or listed business.

Sole Practitioner of the Year

Operating your own practice demands not only skilled legal work but also requires capabilities across marketing, sales, business systems and processes plus client retention strategies.

Special Counsel of the Year

Special counsel are in the prime of their careers, set apart by their exceptional achievements.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual at special counsel level

Thought Leader of the Year

This award recognises a female lawyer within the Australian legal profession who has shown a longterm passion and aptitude for improving the industry. This professional is able to clearly articulate the desired direction of the industry and draw upon best practice from other relevant industries and markets to champion growth and development of the sector.

Wellness Advocate of the Year

Attention must be paid to health and wellbeing in the workplace.

This award recognises a female lawyer in Australia who has actively advocated for health and wellness initiatives, events and/or activities within their workplace or the legal industry as a whole.

It is open to all female professionals working within the legal industry over FY2019.

FIRM AWARDS

Boutique Diversity Law Firm of the Year

This award recognises a private practice law firm with 50 employees or fewer that demonstrates a commitment to diversity through its employment policies within FY2019.

Retention and recruitment policies, the provision of flexible work arrangements, distinct policies implemented to lift the number of females into senior positions, policies designed to encourage women at all levels to stay at the firm and remain within the profession, plus the promotion of an inclusive workplace culture will need to be demonstrated by applicants.

Diversity Law Firm of the Year

This award recognises a private practice law firm with 51 or more employees that demonstrates a commitment to diversity through its employment policies within FY2019.

Retention and recruitment policies, the provision of flexible work arrangements, distinct policies implemented to lift the number of females into senior positions, policies designed to encourage women at all levels to stay at the firm and remain within the profession, plus the promotion of an inclusive workplace culture will need to be demonstrated by applicants.

Innovator of the Year (Firm)

Innovative businesses, at a time of intense disruption and evolution, are capitalising on the evergrowing opportunities in the legal industry and securing their success as long-term players.

This award recognises the most innovative business in the legal industry in Australia, acknowledging the business that best developed and capitalised on innovation during FY2019.

All relevant types of innovation will be considered, whether related to service, business development processes, technology, staff/client management or any other area.

This award is open to all law firms in Australia and considers innovation-related initiatives over FY2019.