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Foremost Lawyer of the 21st Century

New Chambers is incredibly proud to share the news that our very own Kate Eastman SC has been named as a finalist for the Foremost Lawyer of the 21st Century.

At the Australian Law Awards 20th anniversary – hosted by Lawyers Weekly in conjunction with UNSW Law – one professional will be recognised for their extraordinary efforts to advance the profession of law in Australia.

A nomination process was held over the past few weeks, in which we asked our readers to identify Australian lawyers – both past and present – who have made significant professional achievements between 2000 to 2020.

Ms Eastman was admitted to the Bar in 1998 and took silk in 2012. She is best known for her high-profile pro bono work, including representing Yasidi women trafficked into Syria, David Hicks during his time in Guantanamo Bay, asylum seekers, women experiencing sexual violence, children with disabilities and war crimes investigations.”

Kate’s fellow nominees include:

Julian Burnside AO QC

Bernard Collaery

The Hon Robert French AC

Sue Kench

The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Jane Needham SC

Geoffrey Robertson AO QC

Professor Gillian Triggs

Voting is now open for The Lawyers Weekly Award, to be presented to one individual for making substantial, consequential achievements in advancing the Australian legal profession since 2000 – Link can be found here.

The Award ceremony will be held on Friday 7th August. You can register now for the live broadcast here.

Congratulation again to Kate.

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