NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2019


Held on Friday, 23 August 2019 at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney, we were joined by Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission as our guest speaker.

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 for their generous contributions. Our thanks also to the Law Society of NSW as our Principal Sponsor for their ongoing support.

Congratulations to all the Winners


And the winners are:

  • Change Champion of the Year, sponsored by Thomson Reuters
    Winner: Michelle Dixon, Maddocks
  • Barrister of the Yearsponsored by New South Wales Bar Association
    Winner: Diana Tang, New Chambers
    Highly Commended: Sera Mirzabegian, 10th Floor Wentworth Chambers
    Highly Commended: Vanessa Whittaker SC, 11 Wentworth Chambers
  • Private Practice Lawyer of the Year, sponsored by Genesis Offices
    Winner: Suzie Leask, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors
  • Corporate Counsel of the Year, sponsored by Bartier Perry
    Winner: Yen Hui Tie, AMP Capital Investors Limited
  • Government Lawyer of the Year
    Winner: Juliana Crofts, Legal Aid NSW, Port Macquarie Office
  • Community Lawyer of the Year, sponsored by Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers
    Winner: Terri Janke, Terri Janke and Company
  • Regional Lawyer of the Year, sponsored by Catherine Henry Lawyers
    Winner: Lorri Field, PDC Lawyers & Planners
  • Legal Academic of the Year
    Winner: Prof Nan Seuffert, Uni of Wollongong, Legal Intersections Research Centre
  • Mentor of the Year, sponsored by The College of Law
    Winner: Jennifer Harris, Clayton Utz
  • Rising Star of the Year, sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills
    Winner: Mariam Hammoudy, Refugee Advice Casework Service
    Highly Commended: Dannielle Ford, Cheney Suthers Lawyers
  • Outstanding Law Firm of the Year, sponsored by The Law Society of NSW
    Winner: Coleman Greig Lawyers
  • Woman Lawyer of the Year, sponsored by Gilbert + Tobin
    Winner: Pauline Wright, PJ Donnellan & Co
    Highly Commended: Fay Calderone, Hall & Wilcox

Please click here for the Awards Program with the finalist’s details.

Watch the inspiring video played at the event.
‘Celebrating Pioneer Female Solicitors’

Awards Dinner Gallery

Awards Gallery

Photos by Jamie James

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Award Category Sponsors:

We wish to thank and acknowledge the support of:

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