Property Partner and Diversity and Inclusion Champion
Property Partner and Diversity and Inclusion Champion, Maddocks
Alicia is a Partner at Maddocks. She has more than 20 years’ experience specialising in commercial property transactions, property-related restructuring, turnaround and insolvency matters and energy and resources land tenure issues.
Alicia has a strong and passionate interest in diversity and inclusion. Alicia:
- is the chair of the Maddocks Diversity and Inclusion Committee (which is a sub-committee of the Board)
- is the Sydney co-chair of the employee-driven women’s professional development and networking committee, Maddocks Women
- was the driving force behind Maddocks becoming a member of Pride in Diversity
- established and chairs the employee-driven LGBTI professional development and networking committee, Maddocks Pride
- is the Sydney partner champion of ASPIRE, Maddocks’ professional development and networking committee for junior lawyers
- is a member of the Pride in Diversity Executive Allies network and the American Chamber of Commerce Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Alicia believes that inclusive leadership and an inclusive corporate culture is key to attracting and retaining the best talent and to enabling an innovative, collaborative and productive business where diversity of experience and thought can drive superior outcomes.
Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Anne-Marie Allgrove is a Partner in the Sydney office at Baker McKenzie. She has a broad commercial practice with particular focus on issues in the technology, communications and media industries. She also advises on privacy related issues across all industries and is one of the leading lawyers in relation to privacy in Australia. Anne-Marie is chair of Baker McKenzie’s Australian Diversity & Inclusion Committee and a representative for APAC on the Global Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is the former Global chair of the Firm’s TMT industry group. She is listed as a Notable Practitioner in Chambers and Legal 500 and also features in Best Lawyers Australia for Information Technology Law. Anne-Marie serves as one of Baker McKenzie's lead pro bono partners.
Partner, DLA Piper
Gitanjali Bajaj is an international dispute resolution partner in DLA Piper's Litigation & Regulatory practice in Sydney.
Gitanjali specialises in international commercial arbitration with a sector focus on infrastructure and construction, oil and gas, transport, power and clean energy. Gitanjali also practices in public international law and dispute resolution between States, having acted for clients in various forums, such as the International Court of Justice and the first ever UNCLOS Compulsory Conciliation. Gitanjali was one of the lead DLA Piper Partners that represented the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste in the UNCLOS Compulsory Conciliation proceeding.
Gitanjali is recognised for Dispute Resolution in Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal 500 Asia Pacific and for International Arbitration in Who's Who Legal. Gitanjali recently received national recognition of her achievements in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2018 where Gitanjali was named 'Partner of the Year'.
Senior Associate, Maddocks
Brigid is a Senior Associate in the Employment, Safety & People Team at Maddocks in Sydney. Brigid advises both private and public sector clients on a broad range of safety, employment, and industrial relations matters in the government, health, finance, construction and property industries.
Prior to working in private practice, Brigid was a prosecutor with both the NSW DPP and SafeWork NSW. Particularly during her early career in the criminal courts of NSW, Brigid was inspired by a number of passionate and innovative female role models, many of whom who now have judicial appointments.
Brigid works flexibly, and is passionate about building an inclusive, flexible and collaborative workplace to enable the continued advancement of women in the legal profession.
Chief Executive Partner
Chief Executive Partner, Clayton Utz
Robert is Clayton UT's Chief Executive Partner. In this role, he is responsible for consolidating the firm's position as Australia's leading independent law firm.
Robert has significant experience and history with Clayton Utz. Rob joined the firm in Sydney in 1991 and became a partner in 1998. He carved out a successful career in Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Rob served as partner in charge of the Canberra office from 2000 to 2004.
Robert is committed to the firm's vision to be the leading Australian law firm embracing diversity and inclusion. He chairs Clayton Utz Diversity Council and promotes diversity and inclusion outside the firm through various roles, including being a BoardLinks Champion and a Pay Equity Ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
Robert has also been recognised by the peer review guide "Best Lawyers" as one of Australia's best lawyers in Litigation, ADR and Public Law and is listed by Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a "Recommended Practitioner" for Dispute Resolution.
Colin Biggers & Paisley
Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley
Melissa Fenton is a partner in the insurance team.
Melissa has been a litigation lawyer for over 20 years and has extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution, in professional indemnity and general liability claims acting for insurers and professionals in a variety of different fields.
Melissa has experience in defending both large scale litigation and small claim matters, acting for an array of professionals, including architects, engineers, surveyors, valuers, barristers and solicitors, financial advisers, auditors and accountants, as well as general liability claims against builders, contractors, retailers and occupiers of commercial premises.
Melissa advises insurers in respect of policy interpretation issues and has acted for major insurers in coverage disputes involving directors and officers and other professionals.
Melissa regularly lectures and presents training seminars to clients (both insurers and insureds) on risk management, as well as specific insurance-related issues, including policy interpretation, the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 and claims management generally.
Melissa is listed in the 2014-15, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of insurance law. She won the Mondaq Top Communicator Award for the most popular article in Australia for the month of August 2015.
In 2017 Melissa won the Partner of the Year Award at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.
Melissa was admitted to the Federal Court, the High Court of Australia and the ACT Supreme Court in 1997. In 2002 she was admitted to the NSW Supreme Court. Melissa joined the legal practice in 2004 and became a partner in January 2013. She successfully completed a LEADR Advanced mediation skills workshop in 2005.
Melissa is a member of the Law Society of NSW, Australian Insurance Law Association, Women Lawyers Association of NSW and Women in Insurance.
Tom specialises in fund finance, leveraged finance and derivatives.
Tom is recognised as a leading practitioner representing financiers on subscription financing transactions for both domestic and global funds, including Partners Group, Pacific Alliance Group, First State Super, PEP, BGH, IFM, AMP, CHAMP and Next Capital.
In the acquisition finance space, his recent transactions include acting for First State Super on the financing aspects of its acquisition of the Victorian LPI and acting for the banks on Tamar Alliance's acquisition of Nature's Care.
Tom is also known for his expertise in derivatives, acting for the domestic banks and leading investment banks on a range of structured finance transactions involving derivatives and advising a number of ASX 100 companies as end-users.
He is recognised in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015-2019 as a notable practitioner in both Corporate Finance and Acquisition Finance and by Best Lawyers 2019 in Banking and Finance Law, Capital Markets Law and as the leading Lawyer for Derivatives.
Partner, K&L Gates
Christa is an approachable, dynamic lawyer who works with her clients to find solutions. Whether it be providing practical advice on day to day employment and discrimination matters or high stakes complex industrial strategy, her clients applaud her pragmatism and her understanding of their business, stakeholders and operating environment. This makes Christa the go-to person for employment and industrial matters.
Christa has a strong and much valued Government practice, at the Commonwealth and State level where she is the trusted advisor on many complex employment matters. Her 15+ years' experience working with clients across a broad range of industries, including maritime and ports, logistics, construction, aged care, theme parks and technology makes her a highly competent advisor, litigator and workplace investigator.
Christa's is renowned for her ability to think outside the square when working with clients to implement strategies for industrial change. To this end, Christa has successfully pioneered the use of partnerships and other non-traditional models of engaging a workforce across the maritime industry.
As a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, Christa is the Australian Chair of the K&L Gates' Diversity Committee and Women in Profession Committee.
Christa is ranked a 'Leading Employment Lawyer' in DoylesGuide 2019
Louise is a regional board member of Dentons, a senior equity partner and heads up the regional diversity and inclusion committee. Louise is also a member of Dentons' global diversity and inclusion committee. Louise has a passion for advancing female partners in her region and has embarked on a number of initiatives to assist her female colleagues in this quest. Louise was instrumental in creating the gender diversity team at Dentons and has led initiatives that significantly contributed to the frim being awarded diversity law firm of the year for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018). She participates in internal leadership programs and recently contributed to a Leadership Playbook that is used globally to assist with advancement training. Louise is the client relationship partner for one of the firm's major clients, national Australia Bank.
In addition, Louise is a skilled commercial litigator who is repeatedly recognised as a leading dispute resolution lawyer in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, most recently in the 2018 edition.
Many of Australia’s major banks and financial institutions, as well as property, government, insurance professional service, energy and resources businesses, have called on Louise for her detailed input. Louise is a recognised expert in commercial litigation with extensive experience in the District Court of NSW, the Supreme Court of NSW and the Federal Court of Australia.
Louise provides advice and develops strategy for her clients that is commercially focussed and aligned with their business needs without losing sight of the legal objectives. To this end, Louise regularly engages in alternative dispute resolution including mediations, arbitrations and settlement conferences.
Senior Associate, Gadens
Brett McGrath is a Senior Associate in the Family & Relationship Law team at Gadens in Sydney, practicing in family law.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from Western Sydney University, Brett was admitted to practice in 2012 and began his legal career in South Western Sydney, where he was elected the President of the Macarthur Law Society between 2014 to 2018.
From the outset of his career, Brett has been a leader and advocate for access to justice and diversity & inclusion in the legal profession, as well as in the community at-large. He was a member of the Law Society of NSW Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which launched the Charter for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession, and contributed to the campaign for Marriage Equality in Australia.
In 2018, Brett was elected as a Councillor to the Law Society of New South Wales, and currently serves on the Family Law Committee and Professional Conduct Committees. In addition to his practice at Gadens, Brett lectures at Western Sydney University, coordinating the university’s Family Law course.
Head of Workplace Learning and Expertise Counsel
Head of Workplace Learning and Expertise Counsel, Ashurst
Julie Mills is the Head of Workplace Learning and Employment Expertise Counsel at Ashurst.
Julie has worked as an Employment and Anti-Discrimination lawyer and facilitator, with over 15 years top tier experience providing clients with practical advice on employment issues. She now manages the group's expertise and business development strategy.
Julie is an accredited workplace trainer, with extensive experience in the development and delivery of interactive and experiential training on a broad range of employment and discrimination law topics.
Julie also co-manages the implementation of Ashurst’s Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) working closely with the Pro Bono and CSR teams to help promote financial inclusion and assist people and families at risk of, or experiencing, financial hardship.
Prior to working with Ashurst Julie worked as a consultant and trainer with a dispute resolution consultancy.
Arthur Moses SC
Law Council of Australia
Arthur Moses SC
President, Law Council of Australia
Arthur Moses SC has been practicing at the NSW Bar for over 25 years and, in 2008, was appointed Senior Counsel in the state of NSW. He is the immediate past President of the NSW Bar Association and has been a Director of Law Council since July 2014.
He practices in a wide range of areas including administrative law, coronial inquests, corruption inquiries, proceeds of crime litigation, military law, work health and safety prosecutions, employment and industrial law, discrimination, restraints of trade, commercial, equity and appeals in all jurisdictions.
Mr Moses regularly appears before the Supreme Court of NSW, the NSW Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia as well as appellate Courts in other states and territories. He is a Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve.
Dr Teresa Nicoletti
Dr Teresa Nicoletti
Partner, Mills Oakley
Dr Teresa Nicoletti leads Mills Oakley’s Intellectual Property, Health and Life Sciences team in Sydney. She is both a lawyer and PhD-qualified scientist with 25 years’ experience in the health and life sciences sector, and has advised clients across the pharmaceutical, medical device, food and cosmetic industries. She is a recognised leader in her field and is particularly regarded as Australia’s leading expert in the regulation of therapeutic goods, cosmetics, medicinal cannabis and hemp. In 2016, Teresa won the inaugural Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year award for Health and took out the same award in 2017. She is also listed in Best Lawyers 2018 in the Life Sciences Category, a Recommended Individual in the Intellectual Property Category in Legal 500 2018 and 2019, and obtained the highest possible Band 1 ranking in the Life Sciences Category in Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 and 2019.
Norton Rose Fulbright
President, Law Council of Australia
Jackie O'Brien is an intellectual property lawyer based in Sydney. She has more than 30 years' experience in IP litigation including trade mark, copyright and patent litigation and is highly regarded for her skill in project managing large and complex IP litigation matters, particularly those with global implications. As a brand protection specialist, Jackie is also experienced in trade mark oppositions, domain name disputes and the management of online and social media strategies.
Described as the 'consummate professional' by a major client she has demonstrated legal and technical versatility in matters across a broad range of industry sectors including pharmaceuticals, mining, food technology, lighting technology, media and entertainment, and financial services.
She is ranked in Chambers Global, Best Lawyers, Managing Intellectual Property and World Trade Mark Review as a leader in her field, and won the Partner of the Year Award in the 2014 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards for the strength of her practice, the contribution she makes to the firm's corporate social responsibility program and her role as a mentor to other women.
Jackie has been a member of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia's Management Committee, is Chair of the firm's CSR Committee, National Pro Bono Partner, and a member of the firm's National Diversity & Inclusion and Graduate Recruitment Committees.
Director, Watts McCray
Kate O'Grady is a Director at Watts McCray Lawyers and an Accredited Specialist in Family Law. Kate is based on the Central Coast of NSW and leads the family law team in Watts McCray's Erina office. In 2017, Kate was awarded 'Private Practice Lawyer of the Year' through the NSW Women Lawyers' Association of NSW and, in 2019 was listed as a Leading family law solicitor in the Doyle's Guide for the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast area- being the only Central Coast lawyer listed in this category.
Kate has worked exclusively in family law since her admission to practice and is an area in which Kate is a dedicated advocate for families in need and a passionate mentor for women in law, particularly those beginning their legal career, including High School and university students, law graduates and junior lawyers all of whom Kate mentors in her regular practice. Kate has been lucky enough to be mentored by strong, passionate and inspirational women throughout her career which has further enlivened her sense of social justice, desire to help those most vulnerable and her passion to celebrate the advancement of women in the legal industry through active mentoring, collegiality and collaborative practice.
Kate has extensive experience in complex family law matters, including high conflict parenting matters, international and national relocation, complex property settlements and child support matters and regularly appears as an advocate in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court.
Partner / Principal
Hunt & Hunt
Partner / Principal, Hunt & Hunt
Maureen is a planning, environment & contamination lawyers with a large environmental practice, acting for Federal, State and local government, corporations and private clients.
Maureen is married with two sons and has four grandchildren.
- Chairman of Hunt & Hunt Lawyers from 2006 to 2011
- Chair of Legal Practice Section of the Law Council of Australia. (The Legal Practice Section has 7 committees, including Superannuation, Charities & Not for Profit; Property; Consumer Law, Insurance, Australian Law Management Committee and Australian Environment & Planning Law Committee)
- Founding chair of the Australian Environment & Planning Law Committee, Legal Practice Section, Law Council of Australia
- Former Vice-President of the Environmental Planning Law Assoc (NSW) Inc
- In September 2009 Maureen was awarded the Highly Commended Award, in recognition of her contribution to the profession over 25 years. This was an inaugural award by the Women Lawyers Association of NSW
- In 2005, the Australian Property Institute presented Maureen with an Award for outstanding voluntary service to that Association. Maureen’s contribution included lecturing in Expert Witness Practice Directions for the Associate Professional Certificate, API, and University of Sydney. This course was set up at the request of the former Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW.
Partner in Charge, Sydney
King & Wood Mallesons
Partner in Charge, King & Wood Mallesons
Katrina Rathie is the Partner-in-Charge, Sydney of King & Wood Mallesons where she leads the Sydney office. Katrina is an Australian with a Chinese cultural background. Katrina is a member of the Managing Partners’ Diversity & Inclusion Forum, a member of Chief Executive Women and has been named NSW Woman Lawyer of the Year, Private Practice by the NSW Women Lawyer’s Association. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and has responsibility for KWM’s Juggler’s Network, gender equality and cultural diversity programs. Katrina is a non-executive director and serves on the boards of the Starlight Children's Foundation Australia, Cranbrook Foundation and Osteoporosis Australia.