Select from any of the filters or enter a search term
  • Currently unavailable. Please email the Bookshop at
Victorian Golden Gavel Competition Spectators

Victorian Golden Gavel Competition Spectators

Date & TimeThursday 10 August 2017 7.30–9.30am
Format Social & Networking





CPD Units NA
Venue The Events Centre, Collins Square, 727 Collins St, Melbourne View Map

Who will be the voice of this generation’s lawyers? They’ve been tuning into their debate skills for years, perhaps practising in front of family and friends. Now is the time to take the next step...

Further details below. Register a table of 10 for only $660 on this page or by emailing

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Who will be the voice of this generation’s lawyers?

    They’ve been tuning into their debate skills for years, perhaps practising in front of family and friends. Now is the time to take the next step, get on that stage and make their voices heard. Will they get the judges to turn their seats?

    Our brave competitors will be given 24 hours to prepare their topics and five minutes to perform, where they will be asked to bring the high notes of humour and subtle bass of fact into perfect harmony.

    The LIV will find 10 rock star competitors to battle it out on the stage for the chance to win the Victorian Golden Gavel, bragging rights for their firm and a spot in the National Golden Gavel Competition.

    Book single tickets or a table of 10 ($660) to witness the competition of the century.

    Victorian Golden Gavel Competition Prizes

    The winner will represent Victoria and his or her law firm at the National Golden Gavel Competition at an interstate location in October 2017, in addition to receiving free registration to the 2017 or 2018 Young Lawyers Charity Ball and a winner’s trophy.

    The runner-up will receive a $50 LIV Law Books voucher and free registration to the 2017 or 2018 Young Lawyers Charity Ball.

    All competitors will receive a participant gift and certificate.

  • Judges and Moderators

    Belinda Wilson, President, Law Institute of Victoria

    Belinda is the 2017 president of the Law Institute of Victoria and has served on various committees over the last 10 years, including chairing the Awards Committee, and is a past president of the Gippsland Law Association. She is the Managing Director of Aligning Strategies, aligning legal, government and industry knowledge. Belinda also is a Director of the Victoria Law Foundation and sits on the State Government’s Fisheries Cost Recovery Standing Committee. In 2011 Belinda was named as Regional Lawyer of the Year, awarded by the Law Institute of Victoria, and in 2012 was named as the Victorian Young Property Lawyer of the Year by the Law Council of Australia.

    Her Honour Judge Gaynor, County Court of Victoria

    Liz Gaynor is a county court judge who in another life was a criminal defence barrister. She has defended in robbery, rape, drug, assault, kidnap, robbery, manslaughter and murder trials and has spent so much time visiting clients in jail, it is equivalent to a sentence of about five years with a minimum of three. Her Facebook friends and Twitter followers would be interesting...

    Nick Russell, Producer/Director

    In 2011, Nick started as a graduate at King & Wood Mallesons, winning the Golden Gavel that year. Having achieved his lifelong ambition of winning the "Mighty GG" (as so described on his MySpace profile), Nick resigned from the law and held a retirement party. However, unable to access his superannuation for another 40-odd years, he realised he needed another source of income, so turned to acting.

    Since leaving Mallesons, Nick has appeared as an actor on Winners and Losers, Utopia, Fat Tony & Co., The Doctor Blake Mysteries, and Hamish & Andy's True Story. As a producer and director, Nick is now a co-founder of Tandem Media, which produces videos and training resources in both the corporate and community sector, and the sketch comedy collective, The Peloton, which recently finished shooting a pilot in Los Angeles - as in, they filmed a sample episode of a new TV show; they did not fire a gun at an aeroplane pilot. But hypothetically, if they did, does anyone know a good lawyer? Apparently he's asking for a friend...


    Phoebe Blank, 2017 LIV Young Lawyers President

    Phoebe is a fourth year workplace relations lawyer who still gets scared when the human resource department wants a “quick chat”. She once tried working from home but ended up watching the entire season of The Bachelor #noregrets. And her only crime was not reporting the robbery of Nikki Gogan when she wasn't picked by The Bachelor.

    Her achievements to date include, and are limited to, having no last name, which saves a great deal of time when completing forms. 

    Phoebe is also the 2017 LIV Young Lawyers President and in her spare time, she's a runner with a long time running problem #runclub. She makes inappropriate jokes at appropriate times, overuses/misuses the #hashtag whenever she can and is looking forward to this year's Golden Gavel where she's sure there will be loads of jokes about long suffering young lawyers – because if we can't laugh, we'd probably cry.

    Jack Madigan-Manuel, Lawyer, Clayton Utz, 2016 Victorian Golden Gavel Runner-Up

    Born at a very young age, this son of a carpenter and beekeeper truly is a jack of all trades.  Having tripped over the electric fence of legal recruitment and into the grassy paddock of employment at Clayton Utz, Jack is no newcomer to unexpected upsets and appreciates the task ahead for competitors at this year's Gavel.  In his spare time Jack loves to write and continues to work on his culinary compendium entitled "Nice Guys Finish Lunch – A guide to independent dining".

  • 2016 Topics & Competitors





    Catherine Dorian,
    Corrs Chambers Westgarth

    The Invention Test – Tips for your next performance review


    Jack Madigan-Manuel,
    Clayton Utz

    The Matt Preston Guide to Winning Court Attire


    David Burke,
    Lander & Rogers

    Another One Bites The Crust – The Food Survival Guide for Young Lawyers


    Rebecca Dahl,
    Nicholes Family Lawyers

    Your Career Starts Now: 5 Ingredients for Plating Up Success


    Andrew Robertson,

    To Eat or Not to Eat: A Young Lawyer’s Guide to Client Lunches


    Liam O’Brien
    Baker & Mackenzie

    “Here’s One I Prepared Earlier” – A Lawyer’s Guide to Making the Best Use of Precedents


    Clara Jordan-Baird
    Arnold Bloch Leibler

    My Firm’s Staff Room Rules: Conversation Starters for The Workplace


    Harrison Wall
    Mills Oakley

    5 Tips for Dealing With a Gordon Ramsay Client


    Matthew Pierri
    King & Wood Mallesons

    Sandwich Wars: When to Take Legal Action


    Seamus Ryan
    Rigby Cooke Lawyers

    That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles: When the Billable Hour Fails You