It was a delight to have Sian Wingate (ILANZ President) and Gabrielle O’Brien (NZLS Executive Director) join us for lunch and enlighten many of us as to all of the different aspects of a role as an inhouse lawyer. We had a great turn out from members and learned so much from the discussion.
It was fantastic.
Thanks to Anderson Lloyd for hosting and providing lunch.
We met at Vault 21 on Friday 5 April 2019 to honour the achievements of Fiona Guy Kidd QC and Anne Stevens QC on their appointment to the Inner Bar.
These women have excelled in their fields and it was a pleasure to host and celebrate with them.
Our women QCs below – Anita Chan QC, Fiona Guy Kidd QC and Anne Stevens QC.
First catch up of the year was held 27 March at the Law School. Look how many we fit into a room (or two)!
We were so pleased to see so many students interested in what OWLETS has to offer and we hope to see you at many more events this year!
Three members of the OWLS Committee, Joy Liddicoat, Lizzie Rutherford and Allie Cunninghame, spoke about their involvement with the Regulatory Working Group, the new National Standards Committee and the NZLS National Panel of Friends training sessions.
Anderson Lloyd were kind to host us in their Boardroom. Reports are that it made for an enjoyable lunchtime.
Thank you all for coming!
Members arose (too) early in the morning to begin the day watching the livestream direct from Parliament to view an address to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019.
UN Women NZCANZ and Zonta Wellington hosted Jacinta Adern, Julie Anne Genter and Steph Dyhrberg.
We enjoyed a yummy breakfast and great company – what a great way to start the day!
The annual OWLS 20 year lunch celebrates OWLS members who have been in practice for 20 years or more. This year Megan Bartlett of Webb Farry and Louise Garthwaite of Bond Street Chambers joined the 20 year club and were presented with flowers to mark the occasion. Congratulations to Megan and Louise and to our other OWLS members who have been in practice for 20 or more years. This is a very impressive achievement. The lunch at Nova was a lovely opportunity to catch up with colleagues and celebrate each other’s achievements. We look forward to hosting this event again in 2018 and to the continued celebration of our long-standing female practitioners.
On Tuesday 19 September, 20 OWLS members gathered at Vogel Street Kitchen to celebrate Suffrage Day and to listen to a captivating talk over breakfast by Dr Louisa Baillie about her life and family history and how that has shaped her career path to date and ultimately finding her way to becoming a facial forensic approximator. Thank you to both Dr Baillie and to Vogel Street Kitchen for a lovely way to start the day!
Our fellow OWL, the esteemed Professor Nicola Peart of the Faculty of Law, University of Otago, presented the 21st Annual New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Commemorative Address at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on Friday 8 September 2017. The Address was entitled “Property rights on death: Policies in conflict”. Professor Peart captivated the audience of more than 180 members of the profession and public with the evolution of property rights on death in New Zealand culminating in today’s piecemeal legislation.
The topic of the Address was very timely, given the review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 currently being undertaken by the Law Commission. Professor Peart outlined efforts over many years to improve the law, which continue today with the review being carried out.
The OWLS committee were thrilled with the turnout which reiterates the high esteem within which Professor Peart is held within the New Zealand legal profession, and was pleased to host another extremely successful event with the help of our generous sponsors the New Zealand Law Foundation, the University of Otago Law Faculty, and the Williams Trust. The Address will be available on the OWLS website and the DVD recording will be available to watch on the New Zealand Law Foundation website <http://www.lawfoundation.org.nz/> for those who missed out. The Address will also be published in an upcoming issue of the Otago Law Review.
On Thursday 31 August OWLS hosted Anne Bond (leadership coach) and Vivienne Seaton (Institute of Directors) to speak on issues relating to women’s under-representation at board level and what we can about it. The interactive session had a practical focus with advice on how to:
- recognise our skill sets (know our worth!);
- develop confidence as professional women;
- overcome bias; and
- seek out appropriate board and leadership opportunities
… all while maintaining a healthy balance across all areas of our very busy lives. Easy right?!
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and participate openly. It was a great opportunity to share and learn from each other.
Kathryn Beck and Chris Moore spoke to their work with the Women’s Advisory Panel to a capacity audience – addressing women’s access to and participation at senior levels of the profession, pay equity issues and high attrition rates.
Statistics continue to reflect gender disparities in each of these areas. This is despite the fact that the number of women in practice is effectively equal to the number of men.
Empirical evidence confirms that genuine gender diversity in the workplace promotes productivity across an organisation. We all benefit.
The Women’s Advisory Panel continues to seek input from the profession in order to better understand the barriers for women in the hope that those barriers can be overcome.
This was OWLS’ third annual Diversity Event and was open to the entire profession. OWLS wishes to thank our colleagues who were able to attend and engage in the debate.