Australia: Excellence spread across the profession
Last Updated: 27 September 2014

Over 20 law firms, in-house teams and barristers' chambers are represented among the finalists in the 2014 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.

Lawyers Weekly received just shy of 100 nominations over eight categories for this year's Awards, with Norton Rose Fulbright leading the way with six finalists.

NRF has bettered last year's record of five finalists from a single firm, which was set by Corrs Chambers Westgarth. The national firm has three finalists this year.

Baker & McKenzie, Gilbert + Tobin, CBP Lawyers, Maurice Blackburn, Minter Ellison and Queensland's MacDonnells Law each have two finalists.

"Any extra light we can shine on women in the profession and their achievements when they are starting behind the starting line, when compared to some of their [male] peers ... is a good thing," said Annette Hughes (pictured), chair of the Diversity Council at Corrs and a member of the firm's Executive Leadership Team.

Annette is a finalist in the Female Partner of the Year category, which is proudly sponsored by Michael Page Legal.

She said she uses her position as a leader at Corrs to try and leave behind a legacy that facilitates change in the profession.

"Younger lawyers can be more timid about speaking their minds and calling it as they see it," she said.

"On the leadership side, I like to say it like it is, even if it is an uncomfortable message like 'do you realise that this is an issue for us and this might be why we are not getting more women in leadership' and 'what can we do about that in a meaningful way and to try and generate those ideas for actual action', rather than just having the actual headline policy."

The Awards do not just recognise senior lawyers like Annette.

Across the eight competitive categories, the contribution of junior lawyers to the profession is celebrated via the Law Student Award, the Future Star Award, proudly sponsored by Leo Cussen, and the Junior Counsel Award, proudly sponsored by Sheahan Lock Partners.

The Awards will be at Melbourne's Langham Hotel on Friday 17 October.

You can purchase tickets here.

A thorn amongst the roses

For the first time in three years, there is a male finalist at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.

Senior Herbert Smith Freehills partner John Angus is amongst the six finalists for the Legal Mentor Award, proudly sponsored by

This was a category open to male and female lawyers.

John has been a partner at HSF for 28 years and is the head of the Australia / Asia finance practice.

In that role, John has mentored a number of female lawyers and seen a substantial increase in the firm's number of finance partners, with 50 per cent of the Finance partners in HSF's Sydney office now female.

"In my 20-year professional career, I have had only two real mentors – John is one of them and I know he has played this role for many," said Justine Turnbull, a former partner at HSF who is now with Seyfarth Shaw.

The five other finalists in this prestigious category are a who's who of Australia's most respected lawyers.

They are: Anne-Marie Allgrove from Baker & McKenzie; founding Hive Legal principal Mitzi Gilligan; Sally Macindoe, Norton Rose Fulbright's global head of diversity and inclusion; Mills Oakley financial services head Lisa-Marie McKechnie and Russell Kennedy principal Sabine Phillips.

Congratulations to all 39 finalists from 23 respective organisations that were selected as finalists for the 2014 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.

The standard of the submissions was extremely high, and it was an exceedingly tough job selecting the chosen finalists.

The Lawyers Weekly editorial team selected a maximum of six finalists for each competitive category.

An independent panel of judges will select the winners.

The evening's showcase award, the Lasting Legacy Award, will be handed out on the night to one of the profession's leading lights.

The 2014 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law finalists are:

The Female Partner of the Year Award, proudly sponsored by Michael Page Legal

Virginia Briggs: Minter Ellison

Alice DeBoos: K&L Gates

Annette Hughes: Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Rani John: Gilbert + Tobin

Jackie O'Brien: Norton Rose Fulbright

Karen Payne: Minter Ellison

The Future Star Award, proudly sponsored by Leo Cussen

Jessica Blanchett: Norton Rose Fulbright

Stefanie Faubel: Clayton Utz

Samara Goode: CBP Lawyers

Kirsten Gourd: Norton Rose Fulbright

Celeste Karavos: DLA Piper

Emily Raftos: Corrs Chambers Westgarth

The In-House Award, proudly sponsored by JLegal

Kate Brown: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Mirina Muir: OTOC

Sarah Turner: EBOS Group Limited

The Junior Counsel Award, proudly sponsored by Sheahan Lock Partners

Sharon Burchell: Ninian Stephen Chambers

Clare Exell: Green's List

The Law Firm Diversity Award, proudly sponsored by Taylor Root


Baker & McKenzie

Gilbert + Tobin

Herbert Smith Freehills

Maurice Blackburn

Norton Rose Fulbright

The Law Student Award

Tahlia Butler: MacDonells Law

Sara Gagic: Voiceless

Roxanne Hart: MacDonells Law

Candice Von Tonder: CBP Lawyers

Deborah White: National Australia Bank

The Legal Mentor Award, proudly sponsored by

Anne-Marie Allgrove: Baker & McKenzie

John Angus: Herbert Smith Freehills

Mitzi Gilligan: Hive Legal

Sally Macindoe: Norton Rose Fulbright

Lisa-Marie McKechnie: Mills Oakley Lawyers

Sabine Phillips: Russell Kennedy

The Pro Bono Award

Kathryn Booth: Maurice Blackburn

Lisa Lahey, Freda Wiggans: HopgoodGanim

Krista McMeeken: Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Heidi Nash-Smith: Wotton + Kearney

Claire Schneider: Norton Rose Fulbright

* The Senior Barrister Award will not be included in this year's program due to a lack of submissions.

To print this article, all you need is to be registered on

Click to Login as an existing user or Register so you can print this article.

Some comments from our readers…
“The articles are extremely timely and highly applicable”
“I often find critical information not available elsewhere”
“As in-house counsel, Mondaq’s service is of great value”

Press Releases from this Firm
Recent Content from this Firm
By Helen Macpherson, Alyson Poole
By Elisa de Wit, Jo Crew, Jacqueline Plant, Kelly Davies, Claire Whitney
By Andrew Riordan, Claire Forster, James Love
By Natalie Lonergan, Gavin Scott, Keira Brennan
By Claire Forster, Nick McHugh
By Maha Chaar
By Jeffery Black, Nicole Schaillee, Karli Cibich
By Sophie Lees
By Helene Lee
By Sally Woodward
Font Size:
Register for Access and our Free Biweekly Alert for
This service is completely free. Access 250,000 archived articles from 100+ countries and get a personalised email twice a week covering developments (and yes, our lawyers like to think you’ve read our Disclaimer).
Email Address
Company Name
Confirm Password
Mondaq Topics -- Select your Interests
 Law Performance
 Law Practice
 Media & IT
 Real Estate
 Wealth Mgt
Asia Pacific
European Union
Latin America
Middle East
United States
Worldwide Updates
Registration (you must scroll down to set your data preferences)

Mondaq Ltd requires you to register and provide information that personally identifies you, including your content preferences, for three primary purposes (full details of Mondaq’s use of your personal data can be found in our Privacy and Cookies Notice):

  • To allow you to personalize the Mondaq websites you are visiting to show content ("Content") relevant to your interests.
  • To enable features such as password reminder, news alerts, email a colleague, and linking from Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) to your website.
  • To produce demographic feedback for our content providers ("Contributors") who contribute Content for free for your use.

Mondaq hopes that our registered users will support us in maintaining our free to view business model by consenting to our use of your personal data as described below.

Mondaq has a "free to view" business model. Our services are paid for by Contributors in exchange for Mondaq providing them with access to information about who accesses their content. Once personal data is transferred to our Contributors they become a data controller of this personal data. They use it to measure the response that their articles are receiving, as a form of market research. They may also use it to provide Mondaq users with information about their products and services.

Details of each Contributor to which your personal data will be transferred is clearly stated within the Content that you access. For full details of how this Contributor will use your personal data, you should review the Contributor’s own Privacy Notice.

Please indicate your preference below:

Yes, I am happy to support Mondaq in maintaining its free to view business model by agreeing to allow Mondaq to share my personal data with Contributors whose Content I access
No, I do not want Mondaq to share my personal data with Contributors

Also please let us know whether you are happy to receive communications promoting products and services offered by Mondaq:

Yes, I am happy to received promotional communications from Mondaq
No, please do not send me promotional communications from Mondaq
Terms & Conditions (the Website) is owned and managed by Mondaq Ltd (Mondaq). Mondaq grants you a non-exclusive, revocable licence to access the Website and associated services, such as the Mondaq News Alerts (Services), subject to and in consideration of your compliance with the following terms and conditions of use (Terms). Your use of the Website and/or Services constitutes your agreement to the Terms. Mondaq may terminate your use of the Website and Services if you are in breach of these Terms or if Mondaq decides to terminate the licence granted hereunder for any reason whatsoever.

Use of

To Use you must be: eighteen (18) years old or over; legally capable of entering into binding contracts; and not in any way prohibited by the applicable law to enter into these Terms in the jurisdiction which you are currently located.

You may use the Website as an unregistered user, however, you are required to register as a user if you wish to read the full text of the Content or to receive the Services.

You may not modify, publish, transmit, transfer or sell, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, link, display, or in any way exploit any of the Content, in whole or in part, except as expressly permitted in these Terms or with the prior written consent of Mondaq. You may not use electronic or other means to extract details or information from the Content. Nor shall you extract information about users or Contributors in order to offer them any services or products.

In your use of the Website and/or Services you shall: comply with all applicable laws, regulations, directives and legislations which apply to your Use of the Website and/or Services in whatever country you are physically located including without limitation any and all consumer law, export control laws and regulations; provide to us true, correct and accurate information and promptly inform us in the event that any information that you have provided to us changes or becomes inaccurate; notify Mondaq immediately of any circumstances where you have reason to believe that any Intellectual Property Rights or any other rights of any third party may have been infringed; co-operate with reasonable security or other checks or requests for information made by Mondaq from time to time; and at all times be fully liable for the breach of any of these Terms by a third party using your login details to access the Website and/or Services

however, you shall not: do anything likely to impair, interfere with or damage or cause harm or distress to any persons, or the network; do anything that will infringe any Intellectual Property Rights or other rights of Mondaq or any third party; or use the Website, Services and/or Content otherwise than in accordance with these Terms; use any trade marks or service marks of Mondaq or the Contributors, or do anything which may be seen to take unfair advantage of the reputation and goodwill of Mondaq or the Contributors, or the Website, Services and/or Content.

Mondaq reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to take any action that it deems necessary and appropriate in the event it considers that there is a breach or threatened breach of the Terms.

Mondaq’s Rights and Obligations

Unless otherwise expressly set out to the contrary, nothing in these Terms shall serve to transfer from Mondaq to you, any Intellectual Property Rights owned by and/or licensed to Mondaq and all rights, title and interest in and to such Intellectual Property Rights will remain exclusively with Mondaq and/or its licensors.

Mondaq shall use its reasonable endeavours to make the Website and Services available to you at all times, but we cannot guarantee an uninterrupted and fault free service.

Mondaq reserves the right to make changes to the services and/or the Website or part thereof, from time to time, and we may add, remove, modify and/or vary any elements of features and functionalities of the Website or the services.

Mondaq also reserves the right from time to time to monitor your Use of the Website and/or services.


The Content is general information only. It is not intended to constitute legal advice or seek to be the complete and comprehensive statement of the law, nor is it intended to address your specific requirements or provide advice on which reliance should be placed. Mondaq and/or its Contributors and other suppliers make no representations about the suitability of the information contained in the Content for any purpose. All Content provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Mondaq and/or its Contributors and other suppliers hereby exclude and disclaim all representations, warranties or guarantees with regard to the Content, including all implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Mondaq expressly excludes all representations, warranties, obligations, and liabilities arising out of or in connection with all Content. In no event shall Mondaq and/or its respective suppliers be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence or other tortious action, arising out of or in connection with the use of the Content or performance of Mondaq’s Services.


Mondaq may alter or amend these Terms by amending them on the Website. By continuing to Use the Services and/or the Website after such amendment, you will be deemed to have accepted any amendment to these Terms.

These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and you irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales to settle any dispute which may arise out of or in connection with these Terms. If you live outside the United Kingdom, English law shall apply only to the extent that English law shall not deprive you of any legal protection accorded in accordance with the law of the place where you are habitually resident ("Local Law"). In the event English law deprives you of any legal protection which is accorded to you under Local Law, then these terms shall be governed by Local Law and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with these Terms shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts where you are habitually resident.

You may print and keep a copy of these Terms, which form the entire agreement between you and Mondaq and supersede any other communications or advertising in respect of the Service and/or the Website.

No delay in exercising or non-exercise by you and/or Mondaq of any of its rights under or in connection with these Terms shall operate as a waiver or release of each of your or Mondaq’s right. Rather, any such waiver or release must be specifically granted in writing signed by the party granting it.

If any part of these Terms is held unenforceable, that part shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to give effect to the intent of the parties, and the Terms shall continue in full force and effect.

Mondaq shall not incur any liability to you on account of any loss or damage resulting from any delay or failure to perform all or any part of these Terms if such delay or failure is caused, in whole or in part, by events, occurrences, or causes beyond the control of Mondaq. Such events, occurrences or causes will include, without limitation, acts of God, strikes, lockouts, server and network failure, riots, acts of war, earthquakes, fire and explosions.

By clicking Register you state you have read and agree to our Terms and Conditions