The 14th Victorian Legal Awards nomination period has now ended. Finalists will be announced soon.


The Victorian Legal Awards are known for the high standard of nominees, finalists and winners they draw. Familiarise yourself with our terms and conditions.

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Victorian Legal Awards

The Victorian Legal Awards is the most prestigious awards program in Victoria, dedicated to recognising the excellence and outstanding contributions of legal professionals in this state.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the 13th Victorian Legal Awards!

Finalists and winners were acknowledged at the awards ceremony on 19 May 2017 at the Peninsula venue in the Docklands. This event was attended by esteemed members of the judiciary and leading lawyers, bringing hundreds of legal professionals together for a night of celebration, live entertainment and dancing. 

For the 13th Victorian Legal Awards we received a record 169 nominations across 18 categories, making this our biggest awards ceremony to date.

Message from the LIV President

An award is a symbol of diligence, commitment, hard work and recognition by your professional colleagues. The Victorian Legal Awards are the preeminent legal awards in Australia, awarded to lawyers and firms who fit just that profile: those who consistently strive for excellence and urge others to do the same. 

Belinda Wilson
LIV President

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the Award categories?

    Nomination Categories

    Category Nomination criteria
    Access to Justice Open to lawyers who provide access to justice or undertake pro bono legal work.
    Accredited Specialist Achievement Open to lawyers who are LIV accredited specialists.
    Community Lawyer or Organisation of the Year Open to individual lawyers working in community organisations and to community organisations themselves.
    Deal of the Year Open to all individual partners, principals or teams with completed or announced deals/transactions in the past 12 months.
    Top 10 Rising Stars Open to lawyers with up to six years' post qualification experience.
    Government Lawyer of the Year Open to lawyers who work in a government organisation.
    In-House Counsel of the Year Open to general counsel, in-house counsel or members of an in-house counsel team.
    Innovation Award Open to all firms in Victoria, recognising excellence in applying new technology.
    Law Firm of the Year  
    Boutique Law Firm Open to firms with five principals or fewer in Victoria.
    Medium Law Firm Open to firms with 6–19 principals in Victoria.
    Large Law Firm Open to firms with 20 principals or more in Victoria.
    Law Student of the Year Open to all students studying a Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) or Juris Doctor (JD) which allows that student to be eligible for admission to practise as an Australian lawyer.
    Legal Reporting Award Open to journalists and/or those in the media that demonstrate outstanding commitment to newspaper journalism, court reporting, radio reporting, television reporting or online reporting.
    Mentor of the Year Open to all lawyers who have mentored, guided, supported and encouraged the development of other lawyers.
    Regional Lawyer of the Year Open to all lawyers practising in regional Victoria.
    Suburban Lawyer of the Year Open to all lawyers practising in suburban Victoria.


  • What are the terms and conditions for the Victorian Legal Awards?

    The terms and conditions for 2017 have changed. Please view the terms and conditions page for more information.

  • What are the criteria for the awards?

    The following criteria apply to the Victorian Legal Awards in general:

    1. Any practising lawyer in Victoria, irrespective of LIV membership status is permitted to be nominated and shortlisted for an award.
    2. An interstate lawyer may be nominated for an award if s/he has a sufficient nexus with the LIV.
    3. LIV Council members are not eligible.
    4. Nominees must be of good character. Nominees will be asked to disclose whether they have been or are currently subject to any investigation by the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner and/or any other relevant disciplinary proceeding, enquiry or findings. Nominees will also be checked against the Registry of Disciplinary Action (RODA).
  • When does the judging take place?

    Judging is completed by the end of January each year.

  • What happens if I am shortlisted as a finalist?

    The nominator and nominee will both be notified in March 2018. The nominee will be asked to submit a short bio (via survey) and a professional headshot to by 5pm Friday April 6.  Make sure you put Friday, 18May 2018 at Atlantic, Docklands in your diary for the Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner.

  • Will I get any feedback on my nomination?

    No, regrettably we cannot give individual feedback on nominations.

  • When will the shortlist be announced?

    Shortlisted finalists are published in the April LIJ.

  • When will the winners be announced?

    Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony and gala dinner on 18 May 2018 at the Atlantic, Docklands. All are invited to attend; bookings will open in early 2018.

  • Who can attend the Awards presentation ceremony and dinner?

    Tickets for this prestigious Awards presentation ceremony are available to everyone – you do not need to have nominated or be a nominee to attend. Tickets will go on sale approximately March 2018.