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NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2019

Our 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. Nominations are closing 31 May and we would encourage you to support our biennial Awards by nominating yourself, your firm, your mentor, or many of the other outstanding members of our legal community. We have Award sponsorship opportunities available, including sponsoring an award, with some already confirmed as noted below, and a number of enquiries currently being finalised. Please contact us to secure your sponsorship preference and VIP complimentary table of ten to the Gala Presentation Dinner. Please visit out 2019 Awards page for details.

Return to Work Sydney Summit

8.30am-7pm Tuesday 14 May 2019
The College of Law
Level 16, 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

Career Re-engagement for Legal Professionals 2019

If you’re planning on returning to work or shifting your career in a different direction, there are many things you can do to be on top of your game. The College of Law is offering you the opportunity to professionally re-engage, re-energise and re-connect.

To receive our 10% members discount off the $299 cost, please use this code when booking – WLANSW, using the link below.…/return-to-wo…/c-24/c-77/p-19370…




Friday 17 May 2019
Hosted by the Women Barristers Forum & WLANSW
Law Society of NSW, Level 2, 170 Phillip St, Sydney

Please join us and distinguished guests for our biannual lunch and meet the new women at the bar. This is a great networking event and all are welcome – law students, solicitors, academics, judiciary, males…..

Cost $45pp includes the luncheon, wine & beverages. Please click here for the flyer, or book online.

Bookings are essential to ensure adequate seating and catering. Limited places so please book early and RSVP by 20th May latest.



Year 101: Women in Law Lunch

What will it take to continue advancing women in law over the next 100 years?

In 2018, NSW celebrated a significant milestone – 100 years of women practising law. We acknowledge that the industry has seen significant change and movement but there are still opportunities to innovate and challenge traditional thinking. This journey continues as we look to the future from year 101. You are invited to the legal industry diversity event of the year! #Year101Law

Panel members:
Dr. Kirstin Ferguson, Non-Executive Director and Chair (MC and Panel Facilitator); The Hon. Justice Sarah Derrington, Judge, Federal Court of Australia;
Jane Needham SC; Clair Hodge, General Counsel, Transport for New South Wales
Justine Rowe, Legal Business Partner – Enterprise, Telstra;Kristen Podagiel, Managing Partner, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

COST: $195pp. $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to Women’s Legal Service of NSWPLEASE CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS. 


Remuneration Debate

5.30pm Tuesday 18th June 2019
Proudly hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills

Despite the predominance of women entering the profession there continues to be significant under-representation of women in the most senior roles as partners, in leadership roles, at the Bar and in the judiciary.  The gender wage gap in the legal profession is one of the largest in Australia, reported to be 29.7% by WGEA in 2017 compared to an all industries gap of 22.4%.  Keeping remuneration secret is a significant contributor to the large wage gap for women but it also has broader implications for work place culture in regard to trust, respect and very importantly collegiality and a sense of inclusiveness. Should firms should publicly disclose their remuneration in quartile bands, like the UK model for pay disclosure requires?

Join us and our panel to discuss and debate the issue:
Andrew Pike, Executive Partner Australia, Herbert Smith Freehills;
Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency;
Michael Bradley, Managing Partner, Marque Lawyers;
Riana Steyn, CEO, Bartier Perry

Members FREE / Guests & Non-Members $20pp (includes refreshments )

2019 – Save the dates!

Planning is well underway for 2019 – watch this space and ensure you are on our mailing list.

Tuesday 30th July – ‘Voice Coaching’ hosted by Ashurst.

Friday 23 August – ‘NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2019’ Awards Presentation Dinner

Friday 20 September –  The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers hosted by WBF & WLANSW, 1-2pm at the Law Society of NSW




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‘100 Years – Where to now?’ Newcastle 4 April 2019

Please click here for the event details.

2019 WLANSW SubCommittees. Get involved!

Please contact our office for further details if you would like to contribute and get involved.
– Workplace Practices
– Events
– Diversity
– Welcome to the Law
– Communication
– Newcastle Chapter
– Wollongong Chapter
– Penrith Chapter

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Charter for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession

The Charter is designed to promote and support strategies to retain women in the profession over the course of their careers and encourage and promote their career progression into senior executive and management positions. Click here for more details and to sign up.

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The Women Lawyer’s Association of NSW is on social media! Join us!

Join us on social media networks to stay engaged with our members, and informed of upcoming events and news.

Connect with us on: LinkedIn – Twitter –  Facebook – Blog


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Registered Charity Tick

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has developed the Tick of Charity Registration (the Registered Charity Tick) for registered charities to show the public that they are registered with the ACNC. The Registered Charity Tick aims to give reassurance to the public that registered charities are transparent and accountable by highlighting their presence on the ACNC Charity Register.  Please click here for the ACNC registration details of the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW Inc.

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Diversity and Equality Charter

LawCouncil_Diversity_Equality_logoDiverse and inclusive legal workplaces help to build a strong and respected legal profession. A major step towards this goal has been the development of a Diversity and Equality Charter, which organisations now have the opportunity to adopt. We encourage you to join us in supporting and adopting the Charter. Please click here for further information

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Patron, the Honourable Jane Mathews AO