Annual Dinner and 2023 ACT Law Awards

For the first time, the ACT Law Society is proud to partner with the ACT Bar Association for the Annual ACT Law Awards Dinner - bringing both sides of the profession together to celebrate excellence in legal practice

Join us for a magnificent meal at the Hyatt Hotel and celebrate excellence in legal practice and those who inspire us all.

Joint Award categories

  • The Pro Bono Service Award, recognising the vital community legal work done by individual practitioners.
  • The Government Law Award recognising the achievements of practitioners working in government.


ACT Bar Association award category

  • The President’s Medal recognising significant personal and professional contributions of a local legal practitioner to the improvement of law and justice in the community.


ACT Law Society award categories 

  • The President’s Medal recognising significant personal and professional contributions of a local legal practitioner to the improvement of law and justice in the community.
  • The ACT Firm of the Year recognising the efforts of local firms in contributing to access to justice, and to a diverse and healthy legal profession.
  • The New Lawyer of the Year recognising the achievements of early career lawyers.

Nominations for the awards close 5pm, Friday 13 October. For further information on nominations click here 

This event is proudly supported by Leo Cussen Centre for Law. 

Leo Cussen Centre for Law is Australia’s leading centre of excellence for Practical Legal Training. As Australia’s most experienced PLT provider, our program is designed to immerse you in the practical work of a lawyer where you’ll run your own files with the support of our lawyer mentors, teaching you the skills you’ll need to be a confident and capable lawyer from day one – you’ll be the Whole Lawyer.   


  • When: 6.30pm, Friday 3 November 2023
  • Where: Hyatt Hotel, 120 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla
  • Dress: Creative black tie
  • Cost: $160 per person (please contact us about table bookings)
  • RSVP by COB Thursday 27 October 2023

Event registration terms and conditions

The Law Society is enforcing covid-safe measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you are a close contact of an active covid case, or feel unwell in the lead up to the event, we kindly ask you not to attend. 

In these circumstances, please advise us by email prior to the event start time and we will issue you a full refund. Contact us on

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.2% surcharge may be incurred on payments processed via credit/debit card. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email. 

Definitions — 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'New Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means any member holding a student membership.

All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. 

CPD Events — In the case of CPD events held at an venue other than the Law Society, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event. In the case of CPD events held at the Law Society, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. 

Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. 

Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.



Single Ticket $160.00(GST incl.) Register



Sponsors & Supporters

The Law Society is proud to recognise Leo Cussen Centre for Law and Lawcover as the sponsors of the Law Society's Annual Dinner and 2022 ACT Law Awards.

Leo Cussen Centre for Law provides post-graduate legal education to lawyers and other professions working in and around the law and is proud to be celebrating 50 years of providing high quality legal education in Australia. Upon completion of PLT, graduates are awarded a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) enabling an application for admission to legal practice to be made.

Leo Cussen is now delivering its GDLP to all Canberra based law graduates, with the onsite components taught at ANU College of Law.

Leo Cussen graduates are highly sought-after by employers across Australia. Part of this is the very practical way in which our course is taught. Our PLT course is a simulated practice model where graduates learn to run their own files with the support of legal practitioner mentors – learning to work as a lawyer with lawyers. The course involves carrying out all day-to-day work of a lawyer and learning to manage a client file from beginning to end: the first phone call conversation to the first face to face meeting, retainer letters, costs disclosures, researching and providing advice about a client's legal situation, negotiating and preparing legal documents or representing a client in a court or tribunal. Our students also finalise and close their files, so they understand all aspects of running a legal matter from beginning to end.

Leo Cussen employs Lawyer Mentors to teach in our program, working closely with our students in the same way as a supervisor does in practice. We welcome the profession to assess and provide feedback on practical tasks undertaken as part of the course, these include activities such as advocacy, client interviewing, ethics discussions and will signings.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to know more about our programs or to become involved – contact ACT Mentor and Lawyer Tiffany Long at

In recognition of our longstanding support of the ACT legal profession, Lawcover is delighted to sponsor the Law Society of ACT Annual Dinner and Awards Night.

Lawcover’s unique position as a profession-owned professional indemnity insurer of law practices in ACT, NSW and the NT, grants us deep insights into legal practice and the communities it serves.

We are focused on continuing to provide enduring insurance protection and claims prevention education to ACT lawyers, while promoting best practice of the law.

Thank you to the ACT Law Society for the work you do on behalf of the profession and for the opportunity to sponsor your Annual Dinner and Awards Night. Our very best wishes for a successful event.

Kerrie Lalich
Chief Executive Officer, Lawcover