ALICIA ALBURY

Property Partner and Diversity and Inclusion Champion
Maddocks

Alicia Albury

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.

Anne-Marie Allgrove

Partner
Baker McKenzie

Anne-Marie Allgrove

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.

Gitanjali Bajaj

Partner
DLA Piper

Gitanjali Bajaj

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'.

Brigid Clark

Senior Associate
Maddocks

Brigid Clark

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.

Robert Cutler

Chief Executive Partner
Clayton Utz

Robert Cutler

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.

 

Ann-Maree David

CEO/Executive Director
College of Law Queensland

Ann-Maree David

CEO/Executive Director, College of Law Queensland

Ann-Maree David is an Executive Director of The College of Law, the largest provider of practice-focused legal education in Australasia. She has worked in the legal profession for over 30 years, in public and corporate sector roles and in private practice as a solicitor.

Ann-Maree has held a career-long passion for training & education, mentoring & coaching as ways of enabling all involved in the delivery of legal services to thrive both personally and professionally.

In addition to her day job, Ann-Maree pursues roles through which she can champion equity, diversity and inclusion. She is Immediate Past President of Australian Women Lawyers and Vice President of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland. She is a foundation Director of the Australian Gender Equality Council and also chairs the Queensland Law Society’s Equity & Diversity Committee.

Melissa Fenton

Partner
Colin Biggers & Paisley

Melissa Fenton

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 Highnam

Partner
Allens

Tom Highnam

Partner, Allens

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.

Christa Lenard

Partner
K&L Gates

Christa Lenard

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 Massey

Partner
Dentons

Louise Massey

Partner, Dentons

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.

 

Jacinta McDonell

Co Founder Anytime Fitness Australia
Founder W1LL Founder The Human Kind Project

Jacinta McDonell

Co Founder Anytime Fitness Australia, Founder W1LL Founder The Human Kind Project

Jacinta McDonell launched the highly successful US franchise Anytime Fitness into the Australian market in 2008, alongside her brother Justin. With over 430 clubs in Australia and over 3,000 clubs with three million members worldwide, Anytime Fitness has grown to be Australia’s number one health club chain.

An inspiration to many Australian business women and a mother of three, Jacinta has now exited Anytime Fitness and has turned her entrepreneurial passion towards two new business ventures that aim to change the way businesses view giving and social responsibility.

A strong advocate of using ‘business for good’ – Jacinta established The Human Kind Project in 2015. A not-for-profit foundation that funds life changing projects in Africa and India, the Human Kind Project connects projects to businesses to build brand equity whilst creating lasting social change. She and her team now work tirelessly to fund and support organisations that deliver change in the world.

In December 2015, Jacinta opened Urban Yoga, a new style of yoga studio based in the heart of Surry Hills. The studio offered a new approach to yoga practice, with sequences taught as movement to music with beautiful visuals to give students a fully immersive experience.

The launch of W1LL in October 2017 is the next step in Jacinta’s mission to make yoga accessible to everyone – all levels, wherever they are – to help people find better health, well-being and peace. To support The Human Kind Project, W1LL contributes to changing the lives of 37,483 people in a community in Malawi with a portion from each purchase at the studio going direct to the non-profit.

From spending time on Necker Island with Richard Branson and the Virgin Unite team to small third-world villages with The Hunger Project, Jacinta continues to reinvent the way to view business, its purpose and the way we view purpose in our own lives.

As previous owner of the number one fitness franchise in Australia and a passionate philanthropist Jacinta brings a wealth of experience to any conference or event. Jacinta believes that businesses can change the world and make a profit. From keynote speaker, to being on a panel or a casual Q&A session Jacinta will be sure to captivate her audience with her real life examples, from growing a national franchise to having an annual turnover of more than 300 million. Her model for giving is unfounded and creating transformation to the way that business do business for good.

Brett McGrath

Senior Associate
Gadens

Brett McGrath

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.

Julie Mills

Head of Workplace Learning and Expertise Counsel
Ashurst

Julie Mills

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

President
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.

Joanne Moss

Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer
Pizza Hut

Joanne Moss

Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer, Pizza Hut

Joanne Moss is the Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer of Pizza Hut Australia, a company owned by Fortune 500 company Yum! Brands. Pizza Hut is the largest pizza chain in the world with over 16,000 restaurants worldwide and a presence in over 130 countries. Joanne advises the board, executive and leadership team on risk, corporate governance, compliance, legal and regulatory obligations, corporate affairs, ethics and conflict. Joanne is a member of the audit and risk sub-committee, the privacy officer and media spokesperson.

Previously, Joanne enjoyed a career as a senior lawyer at top tier law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and was trained by industry leaders in both advisory and litigation across the corporate and commercial, construction and infrastructure, energy and resources teams. Joanne was a member of the Global Energy Headlight Group and the Global Infrastructure, Mining and Commodities Headlight Group.

Joanne is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel GC 100, Global Leaders in Law and founder of the General Counsel in Franchising Headlight Group.

A keen mentor, Joanne is currently mentoring in the ACC Australia ‘Future Leaders Mentoring Program’ and facilitating the ‘General Counsel Insights Series’ which provides a unique opportunity for ASX200 General Counsel and Risk specialists to exchange views on leadership and best practice.

Dr Teresa Nicoletti

Partner
Mills Oakley

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.

 

Jackie O’Brien

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright

Jackie O'Brien

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.

Maureen Peatman

Partner / Principal
Hunt & Hunt

Maureen Peatman

Partner / Principal, Hunt & Hunt

Maureen is a planning, environment & contamination lawyer with a large environmental practice, acting for 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

 

Awards

  • 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

 

Katrina Rathie

Partner in Charge, Sydney
King & Wood Mallesons

Katrina Rathie

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.

Jessica Tieu

Legal Director
APAC, McAfee

Jessica Tieu

Legal Director, APAC, McAfee

Jessica is the APJ Legal Director for McAfee, a global cybersecurity company with 7500+ employees worldwide. McAfee provides advanced security solutions to consumers, small and large businesses, enterprises and governments globally.

Jessica is responsible for managing all legal matters in McAfee ranging from contract negotiations with Fortune 100 customers, to advising the executive and leadership team on from Corporate, Compliance, Litigation and HR matters.  

Jessica also heads up McAfee’s ANZ Women In Security (WISE) community that is committed to providing opportunities for growth, success, increasing engagement and empowering women in McAfee

Jackie Vincent

Managing Director
Watts McCray

 Jackie Vincent

Managing Director, Watts McCray

Jacqueline Vincent (Jackie), an Accredited Specialist, has practised predominantly in the Family Law area since commencing work as a Solicitor in 1997. She has experience in all aspects of Family Law including property and financial matters, residence and contact issues, child support, maintenance and domestic violence as well as de facto relationship disputes. She appears regularly as an advocate in both the Family and Federal Circuit Courts.

Jackie’s patience, ability to communicate openly with clients, and straight forward approach to legal practice, mean that she can quickly understand and analyse all aspects of a client’s individual concerns. This, combined with her solid grounding in Family Law, allows Jackie to pursue the most appropriate legal action which she believes will achieve the best results for her clients.

Jackie’s knowledge and experience in Family Law practice and Court procedure means that she can also offer to her clients the skills of a confident and direct advocate. Her attention to detail and articulate manner are among some of the most essential ingredients which contribute towards a successful outcome of Court proceedings.

Jackie has also presented at numerous Australian and international conferences and is a convenor of the Australian Family Lawyers’ Conference. She is also a contributing author to Halsbury’s Laws of Australia.

Jackie was raised in Canberra and completed her tertiary education at the Australian National University. She then spent several years working and travelling overseas. She returned to Australia and commenced work as a Family Law / Conveyancing Solicitor before joining Watts McCray to specialise in Family Law in February 2001. She has been a Partner since 2005 and Managing Partner since 2016.

In 2015, as part of the Women Lawyers Association of NSW Awards, Jackie was presented with the Highly Commended Judging Panel’s Award for her contribution to the law generally and to the development of junior practitioners in particular.