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Dear Members and Friends,

Our Awards Gala Presentation Dinner was a sold-out success and a fabulous celebration!

Held on Friday, 11 August 2017 at the Grand Ballroom, Doltone House Hyde Park, Sydney which was packed to capacity, we were joined by the Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC of the High Court of Australia as our guest speaker.  The Chief Justice shared some amusing renditions of her early years at the Bar and similar stories of her colleagues, during a personal address to the audience.

The NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding women lawyers, mentors and firms that have achieved excellence in their area of practice and helped create opportunities for women in the law.

We are grateful for the support of the Law Society of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the Department of Justice, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Australia and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency for the Awards this year. We also extend our special thanks to each of the Award Prize Sponsors, affiliated supporting organisations, the NSW Bar Association as our Major Awards Sponsor and Allygroup as Awards Media Sponsor for their generous contributions. Our thanks also to the Law Society of NSW as our Principal Sponsor for their ongoing support, and Crowd & Co as a new Silver Sponsor this year.
I have great pleasure in announcing our winners:
Change Champion of the Year, sponsored by The College of Law
Winner: Kate Eastman SC
Outstanding Law Firm of the Year, sponsored by Watts McCray Lawyers
Winner: Gilbert + Tobin
Woman Lawyer of the Year, sponsored by Thomson Reuters
Winner: Kylie Beckhouse
Barrister of the Year, sponsored by Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers
Winner: Chrissa Loukas SC
Private Practice Lawyer of the Year, sponsored by the Law Society of NSW
Winner: Kate O’Grady
Highly Commended: Teresa Nicoletti
Corporate Counsel of the Year, sponsored by Thomson Reuters
Winner: Anna-Athanasia Dervenis
Community Lawyer or Academic of the Yearsponsored by Department of Justice
Winner: Sarah Hopkins
Highly Commended: Gabrielle Appleby
Mentor of the Year, sponsored by Bartier Perry
Winner: Claire Bibby
Rising Star of the Year, sponsored by UNSW Law – Continuing Legal Education
Winner: Hannah Morris
The Lifetime Achievement Award was announced by our Patron, the Honourable Acting Justice Jane Mathews AO, and presented to the Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC
Life Membership Honours were awarded to:
Louise Byrne, Frederick Jordan Chambers
Chris Ronalds AM SC, Frederick Jordan Chambers
Elizabeth Willis

Thank you and congratulations to all our winners, finalists, nominees and nominators, members and guests for your overwhelming support of our Awards.

We look forward to providing a full wrap up of Awards, the video and photos from the event, later in the week. Please check into #WLANSWawards in the meantime.

Please ensure that you are signed up to our enews and social media platforms for the latest updates, events and news and share with your friends and colleagues. We have some great speakers and events coming up in the next few months as noted, and posted in our Event Calendar.
Please click here to view photos from the well-attended ‘Stop fixing women’ book launch event featuring Catherine Fox, and please  ‘save the date’ for 19th September Sydney launch of the pilot ‘Advancement of Women in Law Firms Project’ and this year’s Law Firm Comparison Data report; and 21st September Newcastle event ‘Vicarious Trauma’ with Dr Colin James’ – details will confirmed shortly and registration open.

Kind regards

Holly Lam


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WLANSW Patron, the Honourable Acting
Justice Jane Mathews AO presented the 
Lifetime Achievement Award to the
Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC.

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20th Anniversary Dinner 
 Friday 15 September 2017
Melbourne Town Hall
As well as giving us an opportunity to get together, the dinner will provide an opportunity for us to thank our patron, the Honourable Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia Diana Bryant AO QC as she retires from the role, and to announce our new patron, the Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC. 
We look forward to seeing you at dinner. 
Please click here for details and to register.
‘The changing face of law – a global perspective’ 
Guest speaker: Distinguished Professor Frank Wu, renowned academic and author
6pm Wednesday 16th August 2017 
King & Wood Mallesons, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

The Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW in conjunction with the Asian Australian Lawyers Association, invite you to join us with visiting US-based Professor Frank Wu, voted the most “influential” dean in legal education in a poll by National Jurist magazine.
Frank H. Wu, author, law professor, former law school dean, and head of a prestigious non-profit Chinese American membership organization the Committee of 100, has written widely about reform of legal education and disruption within the profession. 
He will talk about opportunities for global law firms in an increasingly international and transnational practice environment, with an ascendant Asia embracing rule of law. 
He will consider changes in the structure of the leading law firms, as competition compels the development of new models for delivery of professional services. 
He will consider how best to include people of diverse backgrounds to achieve better client services and realize ideals of a democratic society.
 He is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White and co-author of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment. His work has appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post. He blogs regularly for the Huffington Post.

Additional allocation of tickets now available – please book at your earliest to secure your ticket. 
No cost. Bookings essential. Limited tickets.

Please click here for the flyer. Please email requests for tickets to noting name, title/position, company of attendees.

Please click here for the website event details. Note that online bookings are not available for this event due to the limited number of tickets. 

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Please click here for the Press Release.
Please click here for details and to register (free – bookings essential) for the Prof Frank Wu Sydney University event ‘How Asian Americans Have Succeeded in the Law’ on 15 August 2017
Newcastle Leadership Lunch Series
The Changing Face of the Profession’ 
Guest speaker: Pauline Wright, President, Law Society of NSW 

12.30pm Thursday 31st August 2017
Cirque Café & Restaurant, 8 Bolton Street, Newcastle  

Pauline is the President of the Law Society of NSW, having served on the Council of the Law Society almost continuously since 1997.  She chairs the Environmental Planning & Development and Public Law committees of the Law Society and is a past chair of its Audit committee, Nominations and Criminal Law committees among others.  She continues to sit on the Indigenous Legal Issues and Criminal Law committees.
Pauline is a member of the Executive of the Board of Law Council of Australia, and sits on the LCA’s Access to Justice, National Criminal Law Liaison and Equality of Opportunity in the Law committees. She is also a past Director of the Law and Justice Foundation and the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, chairs Legal Aid’s Monitoring Committee and has sat on a number of panel selection committees for Legal Aid as well as its Human Rights committee.
Until taking up her role as President of the Law Society of NSW, Pauline had been President of the Central Coast Chapter of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW Division) for the past several years.
She is also the Senior Vice President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, having been actively involved with the Council since 1988.
FREE Event – Bookings essential to ensure adequate seating upstairs in the private dining room (attendees order & pay for their own lunch on arrival)
Cirque Café & Restaurant produce the best Modern Australian Cuisine in the Newcastle region. Fully licensed & BYO (wine only). Menu available on their Facebook page under ‘About Us’
Click here to download the flyer with further information. 
Book online or email us with your RSVP
Wollongong Networking Luncheon
‘Secrets from inside successful regional law firms’
Guest speaker: Dr Caroline Hart

12.30pm - 2.30pm Friday 29th September 2017 
Centra CBD, 28 Stewart St, Wollongong  

One of Wollongong’s finest Italian Restaurants which has been delivering a unique dining experience for over four decades.

What makes a successful regional law firm? Thirty lawyers from private practice in regional/rural law firms revealed their successes and failures in conversations with Caroline. No two experiences were the same. However, there were similarities in approaches and characteristics shared by lawyers who ‘lived to tell the tale’ of regional practice. This research is now the subject of Caroline’s draft book: The seven elements of successful country legal practice (to be published by Federation Press in 2017).

Join us for a networking lunch on a relevant topic and discussion!

Dr Caroline Hart is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and Justice, University of Southern Queensland. A well-respected academic and author, Caroline is known for her extensive research, thesis, papers and publications, and:
  • Legal education and preparation of students for the legal profession
  • Research into changing dynamics of the legal profession including impact of information technology and legal talent
  • Consultancy services into government
  • Author of publications into the legal profession and successful country legal practice
  • Speaker, conferences and law firms on legal practice
  • Consultancy advice to government on legislative issues
  • Training and development for government officers on policy development, legislation reform, cabinet and parliamentary processes, corporate governance
Members $50.00 Non-Members $55pp
(includes 3-course luncheon; drinks available from the bar)

Please click here to download the flyer and register; or register online.

Salvos Legal is pleased to invite you to our 2017 Generous Generals Lecture with Claire Bibby on Thursday 17 August at the College of Law, Sydney CBD.
Award-winning General Counsel, Claire Bibby, of Brookfield Property Partners (and WLANSW Award Winner – Mentor of the Year 2017!), will share her views on how to lead and succeed in law and business. All profits from the Lecture will fund Salvos Legal Humanitarian's life-changing free legal services for people in need.

Claire Bibby's interactive and engaging presentation will cover:
  • Her journey to become a leading inhouse lawyer
  • Key drivers for her success in law
  • Lessons learned along the way
  • What inhouse lawyers want from their firms
  • How lawyers can successfully transition to the boardroom

Date: Thursday 17 August 2017
Time: 5.30-7.00pm (lecture commences 6pm)
Address: The College of Law, Level 16, St James Centre, 111 Elizabeth St, Sydney
Tickets are $110 each (including GST) 
Book now at:
Contact: (02) 8202 1555 or
It’s that time of year again and we are excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Young Professionals Charity Ball.

Relive the 70's glory days with a night of nights at ‘Studio 54’ - the place to be! The night will feature live entertainment, a three-course dinner, prize raffle, silent auction, dancing, glitter, disco balls and more. 

Themed props will be available to purchase at the event to get you Studio 54 ready, with all proceeds going to charity - get ready to do the hustle and join in the fun!
View your exclusive invitation here NSW Young Lawyers will be proudly raising money for their official 2017 charity partner, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). Show your support and help RACS create a fair process for people seeking to rebuild their lives in Australia - every story needs to be heard.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Kind regards,

Emily Ryan
President, NSW Young Lawyers
Date: Saturday 16 September 2017
Time:   7pm - 11.30pm
Venue:   Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, 199 George St, Sydney
Single Ticket:   $180.00
Table Booking:   $1,700.00

NSW Young Lawyers Office

Call : (02) 9926 0182

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Mahlab Report 2017
The Mahlab Report is Australia’s longstanding and leading source of insights for people and employers in the legal profession.
We provide two reports each year – private practice and corporate. Inside each report you’ll find:
  • Salary guide – a reference guide for the next 12 months
  • Market trends – find out local and global trends in the industry
  • Recruitment insights – see who is hiring and what both employees and employers are looking for  
  • Retention trends – understand what it takes to keep key staff

Key findings – Lawyers are more flexible and adaptive to fluid market conditions
  • Companies with in-house counsel and private practice firms now require their lawyers to change how they consult and deliver advice.
  • The general counsel role is less static: there is increased demand for individuals who can work beyond the legal department and provide strategic advice across the business.
  • Law firms are responding to the challenge of fluid market conditions by developing a culture of innovation.
  • Progressive managing partners are leading firms that are developing innovative strategies that ensure cohesive management of a client brief from commencement, execution and delivery of advice.
  • Lawyers who work at a corporate and private practice level are equipping themselves with the skills to meet market and professional development demands.
  • Lawyers with three to six years’ post qualification experience are the most sought after candidates in corporate and private practice.
Read the full report to learn more
To find out more about the latest trends, download each report from our website:
Lawyer Research Study Recruitment Project You are invited to take part in a research study about lawyers and their experience working with their clients. This area has been identified as important to help understand lawyer wellbeing. Your participation is entirely voluntary. The research is open until the end of August. Please click here for the flyer with further information.
Support children to speak up about their experiences of family law services.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies is conducting a new study to find out how family law services can best help children when their parents separate.
They would like to talk to young people aged 10-17 years old about their experiences and are providing $30 thank-you vouchers for participants. 
If you work with any young people whose parents have finalised their separation, please refer them to for more information and contact details. 
If your organisation can support this project, get in touch with the research team for posters and project postcards to hand out to clients: Email: or call: 1800 720 142

Email with the subject heading ‘MAUDIE’. Only winners will be contacted.

Based on the true story of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, MAUDIE is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family. She also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame. 
NSW: Palace VeronaPalace Norton StDendy Opera QuaysDendy NewtownHayden Orpheum Picture Palace CremorneRoseville CinemasRitz CinemaAvoca Beach Picture Theatre & Tower Cinemas Newcastle

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