Women in Australia's legal profession who stand tall in 2022

47 female legal experts displayed remarkable determination, talent and compassion

Women in Australia's legal profession who stand tall in 2022

More and more women are seeking to make their mark in the Australian legal profession. Since 2011, the number of female solicitors has increased by 67%; moreover, women now comprise 53% of all solicitors.

The 47 women named by Australasian Lawyer as the Elite Women of 2022 have led the charge on overcoming barriers for women in a traditionally male-dominated industry. They have not only risen to leadership positions, but they have also chosen to support the next generation on their way up.

For still others, like Holding Redlich pro bono lawyer and First Nations advisor Nareeta Davis, it’s about giving back while expecting nothing in return.

“Every day I walk into my office, I know that I am being true in my spirit and self to assist the less fortunate,” she said. “Coming from a very humble childhood taught me well… [it] shaped my view and commitment to hard work and persistence – I learnt this from the women in my life.”

Meanwhile, Cooper Grace Ward partner Belinda Winter is an innovator in the field of advocating for mental wellbeing as an accredited Mental Health First Aid instructor.

“I see mental health and wellbeing as an incredibly important challenge to tackle for many people in and around the legal industry. Offering this training to employers gives them the skills and resources to create safer and healthier workplaces for everyone,” she said.

AIA Australia GC Kristy Redfern encourages younger women to carry the torch for the next generation of lawyers and to “dream big.”

“Law is an exciting and fast-paced career and has taken me to roles in London, the Middle East, New Zealand and Australia. Be courageous and find an organisation that matches your values and purpose, and you will thrive,” she said.

Joining Davis, Winter and Redfern in the winners’ circle are Anne Frances O’Donoghue, Kiley Hodges and Leanne O’Neill.

To find out who the other top women in the industry are, click here!

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