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Dear Members & Colleagues
2016 Equal Pay Day falls on 8 September this week. While a decrease in the pay gap has been reported, continued action is essential to reduce the gender pay gap for women lawyers with reports that the pay gap between female and male lawyers is one of the largest professional industry pay gaps. Limited tickets are available for a special corporate lunch event with Workplace Gender Equality Agency Director, Libby Lyons, on 6th October at Sheraton on the Park. We encourage you, your firm or chambers, your colleagues and your clients, to book a table early for this quality networking opportunity to ensure your seats on the day. This event is proudly sponsored by WLANSW corporate members Bartier Perry.

Please see below for event details for our upcoming events: 
  • Wednesday 14th September: Women & Wellness @ Work: A panel presentation of different approaches to the work-life balance myth, 5.30pm Newcastle Club  
  • Friday 16th September: The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers hosted by WBF & WLANSW 1-2pm, the Law Society NSW
  • Tuesday 20th: Financial Seminar - Discover how to ensure financial freedom and the lifestyle you want! 12pm free lunch event hosted by Diamond Financial Services, 12pm at AMP
  • Thursday 29th: Panel Discussion - Rising Stars!; 
    5.30pmhosted by Mills Oakley  
Photo Galleries are now available for a number of recent events. 

Please check our Event Calendar for upcoming events as they are confirmed.

We look forward to your ongoing support and seeing you at an event soon.

Kind regards

Lee-May Saw


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our office or visit our website.

Click here for the Membership Form.

Women & Wellness @ Work: A panel presentation of different
approaches to the work-life balance myth

5.30pm for 6-7.30pm Panel Presentation and Q&A 
Wednesday 14th September 2016
The Newcastle Club, 40 Newcomen Street, Newcastle 
(please note dress code

Guest Speakers:
Lisa Mills, Performance Coach, Speaker & Trainer;
Tarnya Davis, Director & Principal Clinical Psychologist at NewPsych Psychologists; and
Lee Clements, Business Owner & Natural Therapies Expert

Are work and life really meant to be in opposition to one another? Is the notion of work-life balance unrealistic for professional working women today? We think so, and want to debunk the myth so you stop feeling guilty and frustrated when you feel like you can’t keep the balancing act up! Join us for a lively discussion as our wellness experts present their unique approaches on the new way to integrate work and life, the issue of workaholics and perfectionists, how to avoid an energy crisis and what three powerful daily habits will boost your energy and performance.

Members $20pp Non-Members $35pp, includes refreshments
Please click here for the flyer with further details and registration formor book and pay online.
The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers
Hosted by the Women Barristers Forum & WLANSW 
1-2pm Friday 16th September 2016
The Law Society of NSW, Level 2, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney

Please join us and distinguished guests for our biannual lunch and meet the new women at the bar.
Cost $39pp includes the luncheon, wine & beverages.
Please click here for the registration form or book on line. Bookings are essential to ensure adequate seating and catering. Limited places so please book early and RSVP by 12th September.

FREE Financial Update & Seminar
Do you want more from life? Discover how to ensure financial freedom and the lifestyle you want! 

12pm for lunch, Seminar from 12.30pm – 1.30 pm, Tuesday 20th September 2016
AMP, Level 1, 33 Alfred Street
, Sydney 
In a world of constant change, find out the latest changes that could affect your financial future including an economic update with our panel of experts.
Guest Speakers: 
Melissa Gilbert CFP®, Principal, Diamond Financial Solutions P/L 
Nick Schoenmaker, CFA, FRM, BCom Portfolio Specialist, AMP
Matt Ritchie, Business Development Manager, AMP


Financial planning is important for all of us, but for women in particular, it’s even more compelling when you take into consideration some of these statistics:
·        Women on average live longer than men 
·        Women tend to retire earlier than men
·        Many women have disrupted working lives as a result of having children 
·        Women are still earning significantly less than their male counterparts during their working life 
·        As a result, women often end up with substantially smaller superannuation funds to sustain them when they retire 
FREE Event. Registration essential for catering (light lunch) and seating.
Please please click here for the flyer with further details & registration form. Click here for online bookings 

Panel discussion -Rising Stars!
5.30pm for 6-7.30pm Panel Discussion and Q&A, Thursday 29th September 2016
Mills Oakley Lawyers, Level 12, 400 George Street, Sydney
Guest Speakers:
Marina Brizar, Head of Corporate, Playfair Visa & Migration Services;
Renée Bianchi, Barrister, 13 St James Hall Chambers;
Emile McPhee, Lawyer, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Please join us to hear from this impressive and accomplished panel of lawyers as they share their experiences in the legal 

sector and the broader community, and how their contributions make a difference.
Members $20pp Non-Members $35pp, includes refreshments
Please click here for the flyer with further details and registration formbook and pay online  

Proudly hosted by: 
Corporate Lunch Series
Guest speaker: Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency
12.30pm Thursday 6th October 2016
Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney 

Just 12 months into her new role, Libby Lyons has said the top priority for her five-year term is to make a dent in the gender pay gap, which sits at 24 per cent for full-time total remuneration.  Equal Pay Day falls on 8 September this year, marking the additional time from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same as men. In Ms Lyons’ words: "The data shows the gender pay gap has decreased, which is great, but women still earn substantially less than men. We need continued work on the part of employers to maintain the momentum to further improve women’s economic security in Australia."
Ms Lyons also said that employers have an important role to play in challenging stereotypes and barriers to participation: “Smart CEOs and executives recognise that diversity is good for business and in order to stay ahead of their competitors to attract and retain the best and brightest candidates, they must be driving an inclusive workplace culture with offering such as flexible working arrangements, access to comprehensive parental leave and equal pay for women and men.” 

Libby Lyons was appointed as Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency for a period of five years from October 2015. Prior to joining the Agency, Libby held senior management roles across the corporate and government sectors in the energy, resources and telecommunications industries. Libby started her working life as a primary school teacher and so has experience in working in both female and male dominated industries and understands first hand that a more diverse work group makes for better decision making and organisational performance.
Members $125pp Non-Members $150pp;
Tables of 10 $1100; Corporate signage available

(Includes 2-course lunch & beverages; Please advise any special dietary requirements with your booking and at least 5 days prior to the event)
Please click here for the flyer and registration formbook and pay online 
Proudly sponsored by:

Mahlab Report 2016:
 Legal market upturn as industry adapts to changing marketplace

The legal market is benefiting from an upturn in activity as it adapts to changing workflows, client demands and new technology, according to Mahlab, the executive search firm for legal professionals.

“Mahlab’s annual report on the state of the legal industry shows that despite significant disruptors in the market, employers have been able to adapt, innovate and harness opportunities,” Katherine Sampson, Managing Director of Mahlab’s Melbourne office, says.
“With the rise of start-ups, artificial intelligence and the significant growth of in-house teams, the focus has shifted to delivering a more holistic service and becoming more flexible in fee structuring. Profitability and optimism are up.” 

Download your copy of the Mahlab Report 2016:


Rosie Batty Roadshow Breakfast is being held in Sydney on 13 October 2016 at the Four Season’s Hotel,
with Rosie herself speaking at the event. 
All proceeds from the breakfast will go to the benefit of Women’s Legal Service NSW, which provides free legal services to women across NSW. Women’s Legal Service NSW has opted for all funds raised at the Sydney breakfast to go towards Bonnie women’s refuge (Bonnie Support Service) to provide a solicitor for a regular drop-in advice service at its premises in south west Sydney. The Roadshow breakfast is also aimed at promoting a national approach to law reform and supporting the United Nation’s Orange the World campaign.
Please visit for further information and to purchase tickets.
Domestic Violence is Everyone’s Business

In 2002 Anj Barker was brutally assaulted by a boyfriend and left for dead. It is hard to imagine how anyone could be so callous and cowardly. Anj’s life hung on a knife-edge in an intensive care unit – life would be different from that night onward.

Despite Anj’s traumatic brain injury, she continues to recover and advocates tirelessly around Australia and overseas on violence in relationships and equality for people with a disability. She has spoken to over 30,000 young people and been awarded Young Australian of the Year. Anj has also been voted one of the 100 most influential Women in Australia. She has also advised policy for United Nations on domestic violence. 

Now she needs Australia’s help to replace her wheelchair accessible van so she can continue her campaign for change.

Anj is a great Australian, a powerful voice and a worthwhile investment into Australia’s young people. Every dollar will help - make the difference for this stunning young Aussie to continue on with her remarkable life. Please spread this through your network For more information Google Anj Barker Please donate at
Denounce Domestic Violence Deniers

The Gowland Awards - The Night of Nights for Domestic Violence Workers
There’s a lot more public awareness about domestic violence these days, but if you work with its survivors you’d know there’s still a long way to go. Not only do you witness firsthand its impact on the women and children in your care, but you’ll also hear outrageous comments and excuses in the media and community that trivialise domestic violence and those it affects.

So, where do you turn to let off steam and have your say?

This November, the inaugural Gowland Awards offer an opportunity to denounce domestic violence deniers. It’s your chance to gather with peers for an irreverent evening to:
  • Lampoon negative representations of domestic violence, and
  • Recognise excellence in raising awareness of the issue
For further information please visit

2016 Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Annual Lecture
Guest Speaker: 2016 Australian of the Year, General David Morrison AO
"How Leadership creates opportunities to give voice to the powerless"

6pm Thursday, 13 October 2016
The Ceremonial Court of the Federal Court of Australia Law Courts Building, 
Queens Square, 184 Phillip Street, Sydney

$15.00 (Students $5.00) plus Eventbrite booking fee. TJMF is a volunteer Foundation. All proceeds from the Annual Lecture will support further work on the Best Practice Guidelines for the Legal Profession and initiatives to improve psychological wellbeing in the workplace.

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