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INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

ACADEMIC OF THE YEAR

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

COMPANY SECRETARY/GOVERNANCE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Company secretaries are essential to Australian organisations.

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

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

The mark of an effective leader is a thriving business.
This award recognises those who lead firms from the front.

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.

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.

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.

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 private practice firm’s support team.

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 and knowledge to their peers.

To be considered for this award, applicants will need to showcase how their specific involvement in programs and initiatives over FY19-20 has benefitted female lawyers and led to the development and retention of talent in the profession.

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 within a BigLaw private practice firm.

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 a female lawyer who has demonstrated a commitment to the community over FY19-20 via at least one significant pro bono initiative.

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.

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.

SOLE PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR

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

THOUGHT LEADER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises a female lawyer within the Australian legal profession who has shown a long-term 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.

BARRISTER OF THE YEAR

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

This award recognises outstanding performance by a female barrister over FY19-20.

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 FY19-20.

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.

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.

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR – INDIVIDUAL

This award recognises the female lawyer who has most effectively developed and capitalised on innovation opportunities 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.

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.

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Marketing, communications and PR executives are central to the promotion and positioning of any firm, helping 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 private practice firm who has done the most to support the firm.

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 FY19-20.

PARTNER OF THE YEAR – SME

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

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.

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.

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.

SPECIAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR

Successful special counsel are set apart by their exceptional achievements.

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

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 and/or the legal community as a whole.

 

FIRM AWARDS

BOUTIQUE DIVERSITY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

Retention and recruitment policies, the provision of flexible work arrangements, and distinct policies implemented to lift the number of females into senior positions are all essential qualities for maintaining diversity within law firms.

This award recognises the boutique law firm who is fostering a diverse culture that encourages the retention of its female legal professionals.

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR – FIRM

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

This award recognises the most innovative business operating within Australia’s legal profession.

DIVERSITY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

Retention and recruitment policies, the provision of flexible work arrangements, and distinct policies implemented to lift the number of females into senior positions are all essential qualities for maintaining diversity within law firms.

This award recognises the law firm who is fostering a diverse culture that encourages the retention of its female legal professionals.