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The perfect analogy for juggling work-life balance

This article by Felicity Nelson which appeared in Lawyers Weekly on 29 February 2016 refers to a talk by Administrative Appeals Tribunal member Katie Malyon.

According to Ms Malyon, lawyers often struggle to keep all the balls in the air when juggling work demands, family, health and hobbies – but remembering what is most essential to well-being can help. Ms Malyon shared her philosophy on how to have a satisfying career and personal life at a Women Lawyers Association of NSW event in Sydney in mid February 2016.

A former PE teacher, Ms Malyon didn’t begin her legal career with Clayton Utz until she was 30. In 2005 she founded her own boutique immigration firm, Katie Malyon & Associates, which was later integrated with Ernst & Young. Ms Malyon calls her concept for work-life balance ‘WooW’, which stands for work and out of work.

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Regional Women Lawyers in the limelight

According to this articel by Felicity Nelson which appeared in Lawyers Weekly on 8 March 2016, the Governor of Victoria has recognised the contributions of regional women lawyers in the lead-up to International Women’s Day. Linda Dessau, the Governor of Victoria, invited members of the Victorian Bar’s Women Barristers Association and Victorian Women Lawyers to an afternoon reception at Government House last week. Governor Dessau, who spoke at the event, has a history of involvement in the law and in community organisations.

“The Victorian Bar is delighted to be a part of this event at the Governor’s invitation,” said Paul Anastassiou QC, president of the Victorian Bar. “Our state’s regional barristers and solicitors play a vital role in country Victoria,” he said. “Their community leadership extends beyond their legal work to pro bono work and extensive involvement in local community organisations.”

WLANSW expands into regional areas

The Women Lawyers Association of NSW (WLANSW) has launched a Wollongong branch. The new ‘Wollongong Chapter’ was formed “to better engage and support women lawyers outside of CBD areas”, according to WLANSW president Lee-May Saw. The branch was created on 15 October last year through the formation of a local subcommittee.

Lawyers Weekly reported on the formation of the Chapter in an article by Felicity Nelson published on 15 January 2016, ahead of a launch Cocktail Event hosted by the University of Wollongong and held in Wollongong on 28 May 2016. To read the full article, copy this address into your browser:


‘Remarkable transformation’ in family support at the Bar: Judge McColl

Support for both men and women wanting to have a family while working at the Bar has greatly improved over the years, according to Justice Ruth McColl of the NSW Court of Appeal. Referred to in an article by Lara Bullock which appeared in Lawyers Weekly on 14 January 2016, Her Honour went on to say that while having children while pursuing a career at the Bar used to be difficult, she believes the Bar is now much more supportive of families.

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Promotion quotas could solve gender pay gap

According to this article by Lara Bullock which appeared in Lawyers Weekly on 8 January 2016, despite the controversy around promotion quotas, the banking and capital markets leader at PwC has claimed they could close the gender pay gap. Speaking at the launch of the Women, Business and the Law 2016 report at the Australasian Finance & Business Conference in Sydney last December (2015), PwC banking and capital markets leader Julie Coates said the gender pay gap issue begins with a slight difference in salaries at the time of graduation. As men and women progress through their careers, more leadership positions are made available to men because the assumption that women take on the family caring role still exists, according to Ms Coates. “So the lack of leadership roles for women contributes to the gender pay gap and it’s continuing and it’s increasing throughout women’s careers,” she said.

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