Category: Inspiration

The team at Fortitude Legal are thrilled to have been named winners at the Law Institute of Victoria’s 15th Annual Law Awards.

The Awards are the most prestigious legal awards program in the State celebrating the “best of the best” and publicly recognising those who demonstrate excellence in legal practice.

Named “Law Firm of the Year” in the Boutique category it was with much gratitude that our Managing Director, Katalin Blond , accepted the Award on behalf of our team recounting that “it was only a short while ago that a few of us dreamt of creating a law firm where we could be true to our values and purpose and fulfil our commitment to our clients without distraction. Fast forward less than 12 months and those dreams are now our reality”.

thanks to the Law Institute of Victoria for acknowledging our team in this way and to our Award sponsor, Clarence Workplaces

Tom Burgoyne, Director and Principal Lawyer at our Geelong office has again been recognised for his outstanding service to the legal community, being named as Finalist in the Law Institute of Victoria 15th Annual Law Awards.

The Victorian Legal Awards are the most prestigious legal awards program in the State celebrating the “best of the best” and publicly recognising those who demonstrate excellence in legal practice.

Tom has been shortlisted for his feature article ‘Cyclist Beware’ published in the Law Institute Journal.  His article journaled the legal fight of Drysdale man, Rory Wilson, to highlight an anomaly in the law and seek justice following a devastating cycling accident in 2014.  Rory’s courage and Tom’s unwavering commitment were instrumental in having the law changed to benefit all cyclists injured in these circumstances.

This shortlisting has rounded off an exceptional 12 months for Tom, being named Winner in the category ‘Regional Lawyer of the Year’ in the 2018 Awards.

Our firm, Fortitude Legal, has also been named as a finalist in the category of Boutique Law Firm of the Year.   With a focus on regional Victoria we have adopted innovative initiatives to overcome the geographical challenges thrown up by regional practice, not limited to distance and isolation.

“Bringing to life our vision to provide exceptional legal services to Regional Victoria, I am both humbled and thrilled to have both myself and our entire team recognised in this way” said Mr Burgoyne.

Winners of the Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on 17 May 2019.

 

What is most important to the team at Fortitude Legal is to have clients who are happy with the conduct of their claim.  Clients who feel heard and respected and have trust in us to deliver the best results for them.  At Fortitude Legal we also aim to create a work environment that is both stimulating and fulfilling such that each member of our team loves to come to work each day and continue to fight the good fight.

We can’t deny however, that it’s pretty cool to be acknowledged by our peers for the work that we’re doing.  Fortitude Legal has recently been announced as a Finalist in the Law Institute of Victoria’s 15th Victorian Legal Awards in the category of Boutique Law Firm of the Year.  The Awards are dedicated to acknowledging the outstanding achievements of Victorian legal professionals.

Whilst every lawyer in our team has, over the years, either been a winner or finalist in the individual awards, there’s something really special about our entire team being acknowledged, as the work that we do every day is truly a team effort.  From opening mail and answering phones to the fabulous work done by our amazing and skilled support team, it is the care taken in each step of the process that allows us to deliver on our promises to our clients.

Thank you to the LIV for this acknowledgement and congratulations to the other firms that are finalists in this category.  We’re thrilled to be among you.

The theme for this year’s international women’s day is gender parity.
Today is a reminder that as a community we need to continue the momentum to aim for gender parity across the globe. This is not just about equal pay and the workplace, but about equal rights across the board.

The Gender – World Economic Forum 2017 Global Gender Gap Report tells us that gender parity is over 200 years away, however women in Australia continue to make significant progress toward equality.

The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) makes sex discrimination and sexual harassment unlawful across various parts of public life and gives effect to Australia’s human rights obligations.

Whilst women on the Board’s of ASX listed companies have grown from 8.3% in 2009 to 26.2% in 2018, the average full-time weekly wage for a woman is 15.3% less than a man’s. In 2015-2016 average superannuation balances for women aged 60-64 were just over half (58%) those of men. 1 in 2 mothers reported experiencing workplace discrimination as a result of their pregnancy, parental leave or return to work plan and 1 in 5 mothers indicated that they were made redundant, restructured, dismissed or did not have their contract renewed.

And for women in the law, we are not immune. The Australian Bar Association Statistics reported in 2015 that whilst 23.13 % of Australian barristers are women, only 1.52% of senior barristers are women. A 2013-14 study by the Australian National University revealed male barristers report a 184% higher taxable income than their female counterparts.
Whilst we can be proud of what we have achieved, we cannot stop the progress for all women.
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