The annual Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 seeks to identify and acknowledge young lawyers striving for professional excellence within their specific practice areas.

For many young lawyers, achieving 30 under 30 status is a catalyst for career progression, giving industry-wide recognition for professional competency while highlighting a passion for law and dedication to personal achievements.

Across 15 major categories (detailed below) lawyers are invited to participate by lodging a submission covering their professional performance, leadership capabilities, ability to influence the client experience and personal achievements.

To lodge your submission please set up your account and follow the steps detailed below.

Entry requirements

  • Entrants must address all submission questions and provide, one third party reference.
  • Each question has a specified word limit, if you exceed this, the system will not allow you to lodge your submission. Please refer to the entry criteria to view the questions and their respective word limits.
  • Please provide and refer to any attached supporting material, for the judges’ consideration. This material may differ depending on the category and can include images, statistics, media coverage and other relevant information. If documents are not directly referenced and relevant to your submission, they will be disregarded. You may submit a maximum of FOUR additional supporting documents to strengthen your entry, unless directly requested.
  • All entrants must be aged 30 years or younger for the duration of the work being completed between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017.

Important dates to remember:

  • 5 February - Submissions open. Click here to lodge your submission.
  • 9 March - Submissions close 5:30pm
  • Late March / April - Finalists announced and judging commences
  • 18 May - Event date

Categories

All entrants must be aged 30 years or younger for the duration of the work being completed between January 1 2017 and December 31 2017.

To download a copy of the categories and criteria, click here.

This practice area puts lawyers at the nexus of the corporate world and high-stakes legal matters.

Entrants for this award should demonstrate how their specific involvement on selected matters contributed to its overall success.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

The commercial market is one that is fast moving and contains high stakes.

Entrants for this award should demonstrate how they have mitigated risks to ensure the best possible outcomes for commercial clients.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

The property market is booming and real estate experts are in high demand.

Entrants for this award should demonstrate that they possess technical expertise combined with commercial acumen.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

The fastest-growing area of the legal profession is the in-house sector - and that includes young lawyers.

Entrants for this award should demonstrate the range and quality of work to which they have contributed in an in-house role.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

In the modern legal environment, dispute resolution encompasses a lot more than litigation.

Entrants for this award should demonstrate skills and expertise across a range of dispute resolution forms, whether via the judicial system, arbitration, mediation or a negotiated settlement.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

The family law space can be a complex one, requiring a high level of tenacity and resilience.

Entrants for this award should demonstrate how they effectively assisted clients on integral family law matters.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

Advising clients from the public sector contributes to the government's achievement of public interest goals.

Entrants for this award should demonstrate how they played a pivotal role with regard to at least one piece area of work for a government client.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

Insurance law is a vital protection that companies and individuals rely upon when disaster strikes.

Entrants for this award should demonstrate how their expertise has led to the successful completion or processing of selected matters.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

Intellectual property is one of the most highly specialised and technical areas of legal practice.

Entrants for this award should demonstrate their role in a successful outcome for the nominated client(s) across the selected area(s) of IP services.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

Transaction teams contribute to bringing some of Australia's biggest deals to fruition.

Entrants for this award should demonstrate how their involvement on nominated M&A transactions helped to ensure the deal was announced or completed.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

Pro bono work is one of the most admirable and distinguishing features of the legal profession.

Entrants for this award should demonstrate that they have a passionate commitment to pro bono work on top of their usual responsibilities.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

Advising clients on the development of energy and resources projects is no easy feat.

Entrants for this award should demonstrate how they have played an active role in advising clients across each stage of at least one lifecycle of an energy and resources project.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

Taxation is one of the more complex areas of business, requiring an open mind and attention to detail.

Entrants will need to demonstrate how they've enabled clients to do business more efficiently while keeping costs down or in line with business objectives.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

Evolving technology brings with it more market opportunities and a chance to drive sizeable growth in key areas.

Entrants for this award should demonstrate skills and expertise in effectively advertising clients, while mitigating risks that come with the nature of the technology, media and telecommunications sector.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)

Employment touches on vast and complex areas of the law, from human resources disputes to wider industry actions.

Entrants will need to demonstrate how their particular involvement on a selected matter(s) ensured a successful outcome.

Successful finalists will showcase how their work over the past 12 months has led to successful outcomes for the client, the firm or the wider community.

(1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017)