Queensland Law Society

Marquee Awards

Marquee Awards

Queensland Law Society recognises the work and contributions of solicitors in our community and takes pride each year in honouring members who have made their mark and serve as role models for others. The Marquee Awards honour excellence in the profession and recognise those who promote ‘good law, good lawyers, for the public good’.

President’s Medal
QLS Agnes McWhinney Award
Innovation in Law
Community Legal Centre (CLC) Member of the Year

Nominations are now open. Nominations must be completed online at qls.awardsplatform.com and close Friday 2 February 2018 at 5pm (AEST).


President’s Medal

QLS President’s Medal award is open to all individual solicitors in Queensland.  This award recognises and encourages commitment, contribution and outstanding performance amongst Queensland’s legal profession.

The President’s Medal will be presented to the successful candidate by the President of Queensland Law Society at the annual Legal Profession Awards and Dinner on Friday 9 March 2018.

To be eligible for the award, the nominated solicitor must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a local legal practitioner (i.e. a Queensland solicitor) and be a current active member of the Society. Current serving Councillors of the Society and Officers are excluded from nomination; and
  • The person is of high standing in the Queensland legal profession; and
  • The person has made a personal and professional contribution which demonstrates advances made in one or more of the following fields:
    • Community access to justice; and/or
    • Queensland or national legal policy or legislation which delivers significant benefits to Queenslanders; and/or
    • Significant service or support to Queensland solicitors; and/or
    • Upholding the rule of law; and/or
    • The administration of justice in Queensland.

The past, present and continuing contributions and achievements spanning the course of the nominee’s career will be taken into account.

A nominee will not be eligible for this year’s current award if awarded the President’s Medal in any of the previous consecutive 5 years.


QLS Agnes McWhinney Award

The QLS Agnes McWhinney Award, is named after Queensland’s first admitted female solicitor and recognises outstanding professional or community contribution by a woman lawyer and the significant involvement of women in the legal profession and the community.To be eligible for the award, the nominated solicitor must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a current member of Queensland Law Society and demonstrate outstanding achievements in both community and legal endeavours.
  • Demonstrate outstanding achievement in any one or more of the following:
    • Leadership or high achievement in a field of legal endeavour
    • Community leadership and support for organisations which contribute to community welfare
    • Professional leadership which has enhanced the perception of the legal profession in Queensland
    • Significant work which has contributed to improving access to justice in Queensland.

The past, present and continuing contributions and achievements spanning the course of the candidate’s career will be taken into account.


Innovation in Law

QLS Innovation in Law award is open to all law firms or individual solicitors in Queensland, and recognises excellence in the development and/or application of technology.

To be eligible for the award, the nominated solicitor or nominated organisation must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Successfully implemented an innovative project or solution in the delivery of legal services or the management of a legal business/firm; or
  • Implemented an innovation that has demonstrable benefit to clients, the business, industry and/or employees; or
  • Advances access to justice or protected the interests of clients, the business and industry integrity through the introduction of the innovative project or initiative; or
  • Supports and promotes a strong culture of innovation within the business or the industry; or
  • Shapes the future of the legal industry and seeks to generate ethically-based positive change through innovation.

Community Legal Centre (CLC) Member of the Year

This award is open to all solicitors working or volunteering in a Queensland Community Legal Centre (CLC).

To be eligible for the award, the nominated solicitor must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Made outstanding contributions to the community by influencing community justice programs or initiatives which benefit their local community; or
  • Demonstrated professional excellence in legal practice through examples of quality legal services and embodies the values of QLS in their interactions with clients and other organisations; or

Demonstrated outstanding leadership or innovation to enhance the provision, management and delivery of legal services within the CLC and their community.


2017 Award Winners

President’s Medal - Megan Mahon, Mahon Legal
Innovation in Law Award - Sarah Roach
Community Legal Centre (CLC) Member of the Year - Ross Lee, Robina Community Legal Centre
Honorary Life Member Award - Peter Eardley, Peter Carne and Gary Hutchinson
Outstanding Achievement Award - Rod Hodgson