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WLWA encourages members to attend a free forum and workshop to help you get the tools to bring your ideas to life.

Presented by the Department of Local Government and Communities, in partnership with the Small Business Development Corporation, you will hear from inspirational business women, get tips on starting your own business and network with like-minded aspiring entrepreneurs.

Minister for Women’s Interests Liza Harvey MLA will open the Aspiring Entrepreneurship Forum. Three inspirational business women will share their secrets to success followed by a question and answer session. This forum is limited to 100 women.

You will hear from:

  • Jo Saunders – director at Wildfire Social Marketing, a Western Australian-based marketing consultancy specialising in social media and online marketing strategy, implementation and support.
  • Nicole Cassey – managing director and designer at Bubbaroo, an Australian owned and operated company specialising in safe sleeping bags for babies.
  • Kia Dowell - co-founding director and principal consultant at The Cultural Connection Code, a business and leadership development organisation specialising in growing strong connections between corporate companies and Aboriginal groups.

The Aspiring Entrepreneurship Workshop will provide you with information to set up an online business and to administer and maintain a website including online shopping and payment capabilities. This workshop is limited to 30 women.

Date and Time
Friday 19 June 2015
9:30 to 11:00am
Light refreshments provided

Exhibition Hall, Level 2,
140 William Street, Perth

By 12 June.
Forum Registration
Please advise of any accessibility requirements.

Date and Time
Friday 19 June 2015
11.30am to 2.30pm
Lunch provided

Level 2
Gordon Stephenson House
140 William Street, Perth

By 12 June.
Workshop Registration
Please advise of any accessibility and/or dietary requirements.

More information
Alison Sharpe
t: (08) 6552 1772
e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The WA Branch of Australian Insurance Law Association(AILA) has two functions coming up in June.

The first is the annual Geoff Masel Lecture. Geoff is one of Australia's leading lawyers, Geoff Masel, who was in 1980 the founding President of the Victorian Branch of the Aviation Law Association of Australia (as it then was), died on 8th August 2004, aged 75. Although he was more widely and better known for his second to none expertise in other areas of the law, principally insurance, building and professional indemnity, he was a leading and experienced aviation law practitioner.

He joined Phillips Fox and Masel in 1952 and became a partner in 1955. After retiring as the senior partner of Phillips Fox (as it had become) in 1989, Geoff remained associated with the firm until his death, as a consultant, mentor and opinion writer as well as pursuing his long-time interests in legal education and writing. He became a sought after arbitrator and mediator (especially in insurance matters). Throughout his career, Geoff also authored 2 books and a myriad of learned legal papers. He was a must as a speaker at conferences of substance in his fields of expertise and addressed the Association's conferences on many occasions, the last being delivering the David Boughen Memorial Address at the conference held in Melbourne in 2002.

This year’s seminar is titled ‘The Insurance Social Contract – 1788 and all that".  The presentation is inspired by Geoff Masel’s life and work. It will discuss our insurance contract statute law and common law in the context of its social and historical origins.

Description - Ian considers some recent developments in disclosure, utmost good faith, contract certainty and misconduct. He makes some predictions and recommendations about the law’s approach to these issues in the context of the social and commercial background to these principles. “The Insurance Social Contract: 1788 and all that” signals an irreverent look at the historical movements and people who made the insurance industry. We need to remind ourselves of the great achievements of the insurance industry through these virtues, and its occasional shortcomings, while reminding ourselves that a sense of fun is also necessary.

This event is being held on Thursday 4 June 2015 at 7:15am at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel. To register please go to alternatively a manual registration form is attached.

The second event is one for the ladies. The WA Branch is pleased to present the first AILA’s First Women’s only High Tea on Friday 12 June at 3:00pm at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel. This is AILA's first Women's only high tea. The guest speaker will be the former Chief Judge of the District Court, Antoinette Kennedy.

Judge Kennedy was the first woman judge appointed in Western Australia in 1985. She retired 25 years later as the longest serving judge in Western Australia. For the last 6 1/2 years Antoinette was the Chief Judge of the Court. The first and so far the only woman in Western Australia to head a jurisdiction and only the third in Australia. When Antoinette retired she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (A.O.) and elected to the Western Australian Women's Hall of Fame.

To register for this event please go to

A flyer is attached for the event. Recently changes have been made to the AILA website enabling non-members to be able to purchase member tickets. This should enable PA’s or staff to undertake registrations without having to use member's username and password however they will need to register to obtain their own username and password. 

Only two weeks to register for the upcoming CPD course "Issues in International Humanitarian Law."

The course is approved by the LPBWA for 6 CPD Points (1 – Prof Skills, 1 – Ethics, 4 – Substantive Law).

Topics to be covered include: cyberwar, autonomous weapons systems, women, peace and security and the latest developments in international tribunals such as the International Criminal Court.

Speakers include: LTCOL Darleen Young AM, Dr Lara Pratt, Associate Professor Dale Stephens and Professor Michael Crowley.

A six hour course held over two evenings, Issues in IHL is designed for those seeking in-depth knowledge and an examination of contemporary themes in IHL. Issues in IHL builds on the core content covered in the IHL Fundamentals course. There is no requirement to have attended IHL Fundamentals before attending Issues in IHL, however IHL Fundamentals is recommended for those who are not familiar with this area of law and the work of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. Our next Fundamentals of IHL course is on 1 & 8 September.

Date: 10 & 17 June, 2015
Time: 5.30-8.30pm
Where: The College of Law WA, Ground Floor, 263 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA
Cost: $40 fulltime students/Red Cross is $40, $80 standard registration (non CPD) and $100 for CPD registration.

Please see attached flyer for more details. To register visit

Please contact Renata Sivacolundhu via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel: 08 9225 1928 if you have any queries about this course.

The International Justice Mission Australia are launching a Time for Justice campaign in August 2015. IJM's work is very compatible with what WLWA do and many of its programs are women focussed. These include programs to prevent violence against women, prevent trafficking for the sex trade and domestic servitude and campaigning to allow widows to keep their agricultural land.

IJM's method is to enhance law enforcement and the administration of justice, in large part by training and employing lawyers, advocates and social counsellors in the locations where they are needed.

If you would like more information about the International Justice Mission Australia please see attached brochure and visit the organisation's website at The founder has also co-authored a book, The Locust Effect, which explains IJM's work in more detail. 

WLWA's Winter Fashion Wonder

Coming soon - an excuse to shop...

WLWA is delighted to announce our 2015/2016 Membership Event which will be held in mid July.

This event will be a fashion night with a number of WA fashion businesses exhibiting their wares (or should that be wears? J ) hopefully for discounted prices or special deals. Ticket prices will be nominal.

As you know membership is managed through our website and membership for 2015/2016 will be opening soon.

If you have joined/renewed online for 2015/2016 prior to the event or join or renew at the computers which will be available on the night, you will be able to have access to this event. There will be computers and committee members available to assist you with renewing or joining up.

This is a strictly members only event with the only exception being people who are attending on behalf of a firm to renew or join up new members.

So watch out for the official flyer announcing the date, venue and pricing.

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WLWA reminds members and and non members that registrations for CPD Event "Making an Impression: Dealing with the Bench and the Boss" close this Friday 22 May 2015. 

The CPD is scheduled for Monday 25 May 2015 at 9 am at Allendale Square.  Junior practitioners can hear tips from the judiciary and a senior practitioner for appearing in court and learn methods to cope with gender bias issues in the workplace.

• Learn tips from the bench to successfully appear in court
• Hear examples of gender discrimination both inside and outside the court room
• Gain tools to overcome gender discrimination
• Understand career progression in this context

Speakers include Her Honour, Deputy Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Woods and Anne Wood, Vice President of Women Lawyers of Western Australia Inc. and Senior Associate at Kott Gunning. 

Register here

For queries regarding the event, please contact: Jessica Henderson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Belinda Giles This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
For registration queries, please contact Susan Diamond This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We have two payment options Paypal and Credit Card. Both options are processed through Paypal. If you do not have a Paypal account, choose the credit card option when processing payment. If you have any queries about this, please contact our treasurer, Susan Diamond on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Law Week Breakfast Keynote speaker

Deidre Willmott, CEO, CCI (WA)


The Law Society started Law Week this week with a breakfast to start the festitvities of lawyers engaging with the community.  The keynote speaker for the breakfast was Deidre Willmott, the CEO of CCI (WA) and former lawyer.

Deidre spoke about increasing diversity in leadership roles and how we can all take some steps to help increase that diversity.  It was an excellent and thought provoking speech.


With Deidre's permission, her speech is reproduced here.

WLWA strongly encourages its members to attend the official release of the Filling the Pool Report on 3 June 2015. There is a lot of overlap with the NARS and Gender Bias Taskforce recommendations and the results of the landmark confirm that it is not just lawyers facing these issues, it is a professional hurdle that other industries also face.

The Filling the Pool study is an initiative proudly supported by the Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC). The Committee for Perth is officially releasing this ground-breaking report on 3 June 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Perth. 

Filling the Pool is a two year, research project that examines the issue of gender inequality, one of the most significant economic and social issues of the 21st century. By specifically focusing on Western Australia, the report uncovers complex business, personal and cultural factors which exacerbate the largest gender pay gap in the country and the least number of women in executive and board roles.
The findings of Filling the Pool are based on interviews with 173 local chairs, board members, CEOs, female executives and managers, executive recruiters and HR personnel, recent female graduates and women who have opted out of the workforce. The result is a comprehensive roadmap of solutions with four recommendations for government, 18 recommendations for organisations and their leaders and nine recommendations for women.
This event is for Western Australians who want to unlock the underutilised talent pool of females and enhance the State’s economic output. WLWA hope it will give members more ideas on how to implement some of the recommendations in the GBT Report and help increase the participation of women in senior positions!
The price per person is $160 and Table of 10 $150, this includes a two course lunch, wine and soft drinks. 
Register by 12 May 2015 at   
Further Enquiries please contact Holly Fulker Committee for Perth t: (08) 94815699 e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The legal profession can often be a stressful one. This only amplifies the need to promote good mental health through proper practices and procedures.

The Australian Financial Review recently noted the encouraging trend of law firms signing up to the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation's guidelines to tackle depression.

"The guidelines are just good business – it makes people more efficient and productive, there's greater innovation, your insurance premiums go down, there's less turnover of staff," said Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation co-founder Marie Jepson.

As part of Law Week 2015, John Poulsen, Managing Partner of Squire Patton Boggs, will present a Mental Health and Wellbeing Seminar on his firm's implementation of the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Best Practice Guidelines. Hear about his approach to building and maintaining a sustainable, mentally healthy, resilient and successful legal practice. Register online through the Law Society Website here.


For more information see flyer.

WLWA are advising members that a new Chairperson is being sought for the Board of the Energy and Water Ombudsman Western Australia. The remuneration is $31,622 per year.

The Energy and Water Ombudsman Western Australia is an independent and impartial body that receives, investigates and resolves complaints about electricity, gas and water services providers in Western Australia.

The Chairperson will:

  • Provide leadership to the Board and effective Board governance;
  • Lead, as required, recruitment of Board directors;
  • Ensure the development, implementation and monitoring of effective and efficient business, budget and policy planning; and
  • Manage Board performance

Applications close Monday 27 April 2015 please see attached job advertisement for further details.

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