Women Lawyers' Association NSW

Dear Members and Colleagues,

We hope this finds you and yours well. For what seemed a long stretch to some since COVID invaded our lives, we find ourselves in the lead up to summer in the last quarter of 2020.

With most communications online this year, the good news is if you missed one of our events, you can watch it later. Please visit our website to view our webinars.

The Federal Government has announced a response to the Respect@Work Report in the budget, to provide $2.1million for the next 3 years to implement recommendations 2,14 and 28, and we look forward to bringing you further information on that shortly.

Please ‘save the date’ Tuesday 24 November for our AGM and annual Xmas Drinks. We will advise the format and further details closer the date.

I would also like to encourage you to join, or renew your membership, if you have not already. Our capacity to represent you and continue our work in advancing women in the legal profession depends on your support. Please contact our office or visit our website for further information.

Kind regards

Larissa Andelman, President

‘Welcome to the Law’ FREE 4-part webinar program for junior lawyers

I'm a Lawyer! Now What?

Please note this webinar series is focused to law students and newly admitted solicitors (0-4 PAE)


Webinar 1, 12-1pm, 10 September:
Job outlook and alternative pathways to law

(recording on our website)

Webinar 2, 12-1pm, 1 October:
Things I wish I had known – tips, tricks & insider knowledge

(recording on our website)

Webinar 3, 12-1pm, 22 October:
Me Inc. - Building your brand & online marketing for the lawyer in the online world

Webinar 4, 1-2pm  (please note change of timing), 12 November:
Performing on paper and in court – advocacy, court & tribunal etiquette

Webinar 3:  Building your brand & online marketing for the lawyer in the online world
Date: Thursday, 22 October 2020
Time: 12pm – 1 pm, proudly hosted by HFW Australia


Speaker: Sally King,  Head of Marketing & Business Development for Coleman Greig Lawyers. Coleman Greig is Greater Sydney’s leading law firm. Sally is a tertiary qualified and a highly experienced marketing communications professional with substantial senior level experience covering strategy and planning; leadership communications; branding and promotion; digital content; campaign development; market research; and event management. Sally works closely with Coleman Greig’s Principals across all areas of practice to execute marketing and business development strategy. Sally has extensive networks having worked in private, public and not-for profit sectors.

Networking and marketing is instrumental in growing your practice. This session will focus on the importance of Business Development (‘BD’), how to make BD work for you, networking, tips and tricks on how to build and raise your profile, how to build a network and client base, as well as how to best present yourself.

COST: FREE. Places are limited. Please click here for further details and to book tickets.

Proudly hosted by


Spotlight on women in the Equality before the Law Bench Book


The Judicial Commission of NSW published a new chapter on “Women” in the Equality before the Law Bench Book. President of the Women Lawyers Association NSW, Larissa Andelman, reviews the chapter and highlights issues of pressing concern for women today in NSW. Please click here for the article in the Commissions’ publication Judicial Officers’ Bulletin.

WLANSW were invited to review the Chapter for the update.



Council of Australasian Tribunals (COAT) Practice Manual for Tribunals 5th edition

This edition was revised by Dr Pamela O’Connor, who co-authored the first edition of the Practice Manual, published in 2006. Dr O’Connor has worked with COAT on a number of key projects, including the Tribunal Independence in Appointments-Best Practice Guide 2016.

The fifth edition incorporates significant new material, including, jurisdictional issues for state tribunals arising from constitutional limits on the exercise of Commonwealth judicial power, as determined in Burns v Corbett [2018] HCA 15; the implications for the interpretation of legislation, and for the exercise of administrative power by tribunals, of human rights legislation in New Zealand, Victoria, ACT and, from 1 January 2020, Queensland; development of standards and ethics, including COAT’s Tribunal Excellence Framework and Tribunal Competency Framework and the Law Council of Australia’s Ethical Standards for Mediators, and; guidelines for dealing with persons from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, communicating via interpreters, dealing with persons with a cognitive disability, and assisting self-represented litigants.

An electronic version of the Manual is available on COAT’s website, and hard copies may also be purchased


Residual funding is available to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s legal sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as elements of a successful team, communication, presence and influence, driving performance, problem solving and decision making, and progressing diversity and inclusion.

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for legal sector women but has to be allocated by the end of 2020.

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 4th December:


Want to know how you can fine-tune your business’s digital marketing and social media strategy to meet the needs of a post-COVID world? Don’t miss these free webinars!


Digital Marketing Specialist, Netstripes have designed two power-packed webinars to help you bridge the knowledge gap and reposition your business for growth and success.

1. Digital Marketing in a Post COVID Era
During this webinar, learn how to fine-tune your business model by understanding customer behaviour and using the principles of digital marketing and digital strategy.
Date: Thursday Oct 15 Time: 9 AM (AEDT)

2. Social Media – Success Factors

Social media is one of the most important marketing tools when it comes to reaching, engaging, and promoting your business to your target markets. Whether you’re just about to start your first social media campaign or you’ve been working on your pages for years, there’s always more you can learn to improve your content and strategy. This webinar will take you through the tips and tricks of getting social media marketing right for your business.
Dates: Wednesday Oct 21 TIME: 4 PM (AEDT)

Research Project Survey- Elder Law

To allow further opportunity for responses the survey will stay open until October 19.


Practising lawyers are invited to participate in a short anonymous online survey as part of a research project being conducted by Professor Trish Mundy and Ms Karina Murray from the School of Law at the University of Wollongong.

The research project Driving in the Senior Years: Planning for Driving Retirement seeks to gain a better understanding about the role of lawyers in supporting older people plan their retirement from driving when appropriate/necessary. It is an interdisciplinary project being led by the University of Wollongong. The survey is an anonymous online survey that will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. If you are a practising lawyers whose work includes advising clients who are 60+ on matters relating to wills and estate, powers of attorney, property, superannuation or areas commonly associated with ‘elder law’ then we invite your participation. For further information about the research project and/or to complete the survey, click here.


Law Society of NSW Elections

The following WLANSW members are standing for election. Please consider supporting them. Please click here for further information on their website.

Lauren Absalom; Amber Cerny; Phillip Roberts



Win ‘Striking Out’ DVD Series 1 & 2 compliments of NIXCo & Acorn

Email with subject heading ‘Striking Out’. Only winners will be contacted.

Considered Ireland’s #1 drama series, Striking Out has been celebrated by The Independent (UK) as “a roaring success” and described by The New York Times as a “glossy legal dramedy… well-acted… appealing.” Led by the brilliant Amy Huberman (Finding Joy, Cold Feet), this series is one definitely won’t want to miss out on. Check out the trailer here.

Striking Out the Complete Series One & Two -10 x 50mins Episodes

Released: 2nd September 2020

Rated M: Mature themes, sex, drug use and coarse language

RRP: $34.95

Synopsis: This charming Acorn Original drama follows Tara Rafferty (Amy Huberman), a successful Dublin lawyer. After she discovers her fiancé’s infidelity, she abandons her wedding plans and her job, striking out on her own by starting an unconventional private practice.



Win an In-season double pass to ‘Baby Done’ compliments of NIXCo & Madman


Email with subject heading ‘Baby Done’

Only winners will be contacted.

Due to be delivered to Aussie screens on October 22, Baby Done follows wannabe-adventurer Zoe (Rose Matafeo) who freaks out when she falls pregnant to her long-term boyfriend Tim (Matthew Lewis). As Tim embraces the prospect of fatherhood, Zoe attempts to run away from being a mum. Terrified that her life won’t be her own anymore, Zoe is determined to tick off a list of their wildest dreams before the baby arrives. Zoe’s increasing denial about her impending birth pushes her, and her relationship, to the limit.


Written by Sophie Henderson (Human Traces, Fantail) and directed by her husband Curtis Vowell (Fantail), Baby Done is a semi-autobiographical story inspired by their own reaction to starting a family. If you haven’t yet seen the warm and hilarious trailer check it out here.

Membership and Benefits

Members that have lapsed and new members may join for 50% of the normal fee, valid to 30 June 2021. Existing members may also renew their membership any time at 50% valid to 30 June 2021. Please note that you will need to enter the ‘COVID’ discount code online or download the form. If you have any queries, please contact our office




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PO Box R1120 Royal Exchange NSW 1225
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