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Dear Members & Colleagues

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. Both male and female lawyers are welcome. This event is proudly sponsored by WLANSW corporate members Bartier Perry.

Please see below for event details for our upcoming events:  
  • Tuesday 20th September: FREE Financial Update & 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 September: Panel Discussion - Rising Stars!5.30pm hosted by Mills Oakley 
  • Thursday 6th October: Corporate Lunch with Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency, sponsored by Bartier Perry, 12.30pm Thursday 6th October Sheraton on the Park.
  • Thursday 13th October: Progress to Partnership – Law Firm Comparison Study Launch 2016 hosted by Ashurst 5.30pm with Prof Nan Seuffert, University of Wollongong; Andrew McMahon, WGEA; Louise Mallon, Ashurst  
Please click here to view the ‘Women & Wellness @ Work” Newcastle Panel event photo gallery. It’s not too late to take advantage of Lisa Mills’ special coaching package offer to help you to safe guard against burnout so you can thrive and perform at work and in life. Click here for details and RSVP by 30th September. For those that enquired about handouts for this session, unfortunately none are available, however, our panelists have been invited to provide content from the session for our Blog, so we hope to bring you those details soon. 

Please click here to view photos from The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers hosted by WBF & WLANSW 

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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Australian Women Lawyers Consultation for Appointment of Resident Judge of the ACT Supreme Court  
Australian Women Lawyers are currently being consulted by the ACT Attorney General in relation to the appointment of a resident Judge of the ACT Supreme Court. Expressions of Interest to the ACT Government Justice and Community Safety Directorate are due by 7 October 2016. Further information about submitting an Expression of Interest is available at
Members and colleagues who will be submitting expressions of interest for this appointment to the ACT Government Justice and Community Safety Directorate are encouraged to seek the support of AWL via the AWL consultation process. 
To be considered as part of the AWL consultation provide a one paragraph summary outlining the candidate’s suitability for appointment and CV should be forwarded to Kathryn McKenzie, Executive Officer WLANSW at by 5:00pm Friday 30 September 2016.
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 
Melissa Gilbert CFP®, Principal, Diamond Financial Solutions P/L Melissa offers specialist advice on all aspects of financial planning. Melissa has over 20 years’ experience in the financial service industry, where she has worked at AXA, MLC, Macquarie Bank and Colonial Bank. Among her many speaking assignments, Melissa has lectured for the Australian Stock Exchange, Accounting groups, and Evening Colleges, and authored many financial planning articles in leading publications. During the course of her career, she has worked with numerous clients to ensure that they are making the most of their money and achieving maximum lifestyle enjoyment

Nick Schoenmaker, CFA, FRM, BCom Portfolio Specialist, AMP Nick was appointed to the position of Portfolio Specialist in September 2015. Nick regularly conducts client seminars for advisers on portfolio construction and market outlooks. Nick also sits on the ipac financial planning investment committee as well as several AMP aligned practices. Previously, Nick was a Senior Manager/Investment Specialist, Fixed Income within AMP Capital. Prior to that, Nick led the Managed Fund research effort for Commonwealth Private. He also conducted research across a broad range of disciplines including strategic asset allocation, capital market outlooks, model portfolio construction and alternatives investments. Prior to this he was an Investment Analyst at Commonwealth Private. 

Matt Ritchie, Business Development Manager, AMP Matt was appointed to the role of Business Development Manager with AMP in June 2015. Prior to this appointment Matt spent 20 years as an Insurance Specialist with MLC Ltd, including roles in Strategy Development, Business Protection and Taxation & Superannuation.
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.
Marina Brizar is a multi-award winning Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent.  She has represented a plethora of clients ranging from significant investors to those with “distinguished talent”; from start-up company sponsors to international corporations.  Together with her corporate experience, Marina has also acted on cases in human trafficking and on behalf of asylum seekers both in Australia and offshore. She graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2012 with a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of International Studies. Marina’s legal work, advocacy and government lobbying on behalf of clients has resulted in her being named the 2015 Women Lawyer of the Year – Up and Coming and 2015 Young Migration Lawyer of the year. Marina co-founded the AMB Foundation which fundraises to issue grants for practical expenses for students seeking asylum, assisting them in their transition from high school to tertiary studies.

Renée Bianchi Before being called to the Bar in 2013, Renée was a litigation solicitor, specialising in product liability, and professional indemnity matters. Renée has built up a diverse practice in common law, commercial, and equity matters and practised in a variety of jurisdictions in NSW, District and Supreme Courts, including the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of the ACT, the NSW Civil Administrative Tribunal and the Federal Court of Australia. She graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice. Renée is the President of NSW Young Lawyers, and a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Young Lawyers Forum. Renée is an active volunteer with Girl Guides Australia and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Emile McPhee works at McCullough Robertson Lawyers across both the property and finance teams.  Since 2012, he has also been the Executive Director of the LGBTI Legal Service, an unfunded and volunteer run community legal centre for the LGBTI community in Queensland.  In that space, he has contributed to law reform in Queensland on a number of issues affecting the LGBTI community, including civil partnerships, age of consent and expunging criminal convictions.  In 2016, he was a finalist in the Lawyer’s Weekly 30 Under 30 (Pro Bono) and Australian Law Awards (Young Gun), and in June 2016 won the Queen’s Ball ‘Activist of the Year’ Award.

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:

Progress to Partnership – Law Firm Comparison Study Launch 2016
5.30pm Thursday 13th October 2016
Ashurst, Level 9 Ballroom, 5 Martin Place, Sydney

Women Lawyers Association of NSW and Ashurst are delighted to invite you to join us as we hear from a range of experts on the progression of women in the legal profession in NSW. The panel will discuss the available data and compare it to the position of women in other professions and from an international perspective.

Professor Nan SeuffertProfessor Nan Seuffert is the Director of the Legal Intersections Research Centre at the School of Law at the University of Wollongong. Prior to academia, Nan practiced law in Boston at Foley, Hoag and Eliot. Her book, titled Jurisprudence of National Identity, provided the theme for the US Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities Conference in 2011. In 2016 she will be visiting at the Centre for the Study of Law and Society at Boalt Hall Law School, University of California at Berkeley. She teaches and researches in the areas of critical legal theory, securities regulation and contracts. Much of Nan's research focuses on women and the law.

Andrew McMahonAndrew McMahon from Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) is a Research and Analyst Manager.He leads the team that is responsible for the data management, analysis, benchmarking and research functions of the Agency. A key aspect of Andrew’s role is unlocking the potential of the Agency’s world leading dataset through internal insights and external collaboration. He firmly believes in the importance of using high quality data combined with innovative statistical methods to create insights and drive change

Louise MallonLouise Mallon has been a member of Ashurst's Sydney Disputes Team for 10 years and is involved in numerous diversity initiatives within Ashurst. Louise is a member of the WLANSW's Workplace Relations sub-committee and has contributed to the Law Firm Comparison Data project for the last 2 years.

Note: Larissa Andelman, Barrister at Wardell Chambers and Chair of the Workplace Practices Sub-Committee of the Women Lawyers Association of NSW, will moderate the panel discussion.

Members $20 Non-Members $35, includes refreshments
Please  click here for the flyer & registration form, or book and pay online.

Proudly sponsored by:

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. Note: 10% discount for 5-9 tickets; 20% discount for 10+.
Time for Justice
WWC Women World Changers The Women Lawyers Association of NSW is proud to support the
Women World Changers Summit  Special rate for Women’s Lawyers Association of NSW
Justice Margaret BeazleyWhitmore Lecture, 6pm 12th October 2016
Speaker: Hon. Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President, NSW Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW

It is with pleasure that the Council of Australasian Tribunals NSW Chapter announces that the tenth annual Whitmore lecture, titled “Judicial Review and the Shifting Sands of Legal Unreasonableness”, will be delivered by the Hon. Justice Margaret Beazley AO

FREE EVENT. Bookings are essential to ensure adequate seating and catering. The lecture will be held 6pm Wednesday 12th October at the Federal Court of Australia, Level 21 Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney. The lecture will be followed by light refreshments. Please click here to register and for further information.

Whitmore Lectures Background
Since 2007 the Council of Australasian Tribunals NSW Chapter (COAT NSW) has held an annual lecture in honour of the late Professor Harry Whitmore.  An eminent academic, Professor Whitmore was a member of the Kerr Committee whose ground-breaking recommendations led to citizens being given the right to challenge decisions made by the bureaucracy and greater openness and transparency in government.

Lawyers Weekly Future Forum 2016

The future is now, and innovation is the key to survival in the legal world. The Lawyers Weekly Future Forum is the innovation event of the year – you don't want to miss it!
This ground-breaking one-day conference will reveal how you can embrace disruptive technological changes and business innovation to succeed and lead in the increasingly competitive legal sector.
Our stellar line-up of top innovative thought leaders will share their insights on:
• The future of law
• Cyber security
• Artificial intelligence
• Collaboration in the future
• Harnessing mobile technology
• Reaping the benefits of video communications
• Top applications and tools for lawyers
Plus more!

Joe Cinque's ConsolationWIN a double pass compliments of NIXCo! 
Email Subject : JCC movie

JOE CINQUE’S CONSOLATION tells the true story of the death of Joe Cinque. In early 1997 Anu Singh, a law student at the Australian National University, confides in friends that she plans to kill herself to put an end to a mysterious illness. With doctors unable or unwilling to help, Anu’s boyfriend, Joe Cinque, attempts to get to the bottom of her condition. As Anu’s mental and emotional state begins to disintegrate, her plans grow more macabre and more public. Joe begins to understand the true nature of their relationship while Anu blames him for her illness and vows revenge against him. After an elaborate farewell dinner party attended by friends, Anu drugs Joe with Rohypnol. Now under Anu’s control, Joe’s fate depends on their friends and colleagues intervening to save his life. Instead they gradually withdraw, unwilling to help or immobilised by doubt or disbelief. More than a day later, on the 26th of October 1997, Anu injects Joe with a lethal dose of heroin. 

JOE CINQUE’S CONSOLATION is the adaptation of Helen Garner’s best-selling account of these events: an examination of collective and individual responsibility, and a crime that shocked Australia.

13 OCTOBER, 2016 release date

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