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Law firm leaders are Women of Influence

08 September 2016 - By Frank Neill

Women leaders of law firms are once again demonstrating that they are women of influence in New Zealand society. Following in the footsteps of Stacey Shortall (2015), Althea Carbon (2014) and Mai Chen (2013), two women law firm leaders have been named among the finalists of the 2016 Women of Influence Awards.

Anthony Harper CEO Lisa Jacobs has been named in the “Board and Management” category, and Chen Palmer partner Marina Matthews has been named in the “Diversity” category.

A Wellington-based partner of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, Ms Shortall won the 2015 Westpac Community and Not-for-Profit Award.

Former in-house lawyer Victoria Spackman was also a 2015 winner, topping the “Arts and Culture” category for her role in riving BATS Theatre Limited. The Chief Executive of Gibson Group, Ms Spackman won the Private Sector In-House Lawyer of the Year at the 2012 CLANZ (now ILANZ) Awards for her contribution to the profession and to the Gibson Group.

As a 25-year-old lawyer, Ms Carbon won the “Emerging Leader” category of the 2014 awards. Ms Carbon founded Charity-IT, an organisation that helps charities improve their IT systems. Ms Carbon was a solicitor with Chapman Tripp for two years before joining Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney as a lawyer in February 2015.

Chen Palmer managing partner Ms Chen won the “Business Section” category in the 2013 awards and was a finalist in the “Diversity” section last year.

Presented by Westpac and Fairfax Media, the Women of Influence Awards recognise and celebrate women from all walks of life who make a difference to everyday New Zealanders.

The 2016 winners will be announced at an Awards Dinner at SKYCITY, Auckland, on 12 October.

Last updated on the 7th September 2016