UNSW Law is proud to congratulate our young alumni who were recognised last month as some of the best upcoming talent in the Australian legal profession at the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards.

The Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 awards recognise young lawyers striving for professional excellence within their specific practice areas. The awards are open to lawyers across Australia working either in private practice or in-house who are under the age of 30 at the date on which the awards night is held. This year’s gala event was held at the Ivy Ballroom, Sydney on Friday, 23 June.

Eight UNSW Law alumni were among the nation’s best young lawyers nominated across six categories, with four alumni taking home awards on the night. Nominees were required to submit work from the past 12 months that demonstrated their leadership and contributions to the industry.

Two winners were chosen for each of the 15 categories, with winners selected by high-profile judges.

Congratulations again to our young alumni who are making a real impact so early on in their careers.

Photos from the evening can be viewed here.

UNSW Law winners and nominees for the 2017 30 Under 30 include:


James Skelton - Swaab Attornerys [winner]

Yixin Gong - KWM [winner]

Amy Zhang - Harmers Workplace

Corporate Counsel

Lisa Ngyuen - AMEX Australia

Dispute Resolution:

Joshua Renfeld - G+T

Intellectual property:

James Skleton – Swaab Attorneys

Mergers and Acquisitions:

John Karantonis – Clayton Utz

Joanna Lawrence – Corrs Chambers Westgarth [winner]

Pro Bono:

Amy Zhang – Harmers Workplace Lawyers


Amanda Kazacos – King & Wood Mallesons

Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety:

Amy Zhang – Harmers Workplace Lawyers [winner]

Photo credit: Lawyers Weekly.