Australasian Law Awards


The Australasian Law Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Australia and New Zealand's leading legal professionals, firms and in-house teams for their contribution to the industry over the past year. They are also a way to recognise the big deals that have occupied the profession.

The awards define excellence in the legal profession, the awards night typically attracts over 650 guests and is held at the Star Sydney.

Have a look at the highlights of the 2019 night here.


Unfortunately, due to recent developments in Australia, we won’t be able to run a face-to-face gala dinner this year. While we’re disappointed that we’re not going to be seeing you at our face-to-face event, we’ve come up with a unique format to recognise and celebrate excellence across the Australasian legal profession.

Due to the high calibre of nominations this year, we will be recognising several excellence awards in addition to the winners of each category.

The winners and excellence awards will be announced on Australasian Lawyer next week. For more information on the format and dates click here.


Alex Baykitch is one of Australia’s preeminent Arbitrators, with over 26years’ experience in cross border litigation and international arbitration. He is consistently listed as a leading individual in legal directories and has extensive experience in arbitration in major construction, engineering and infrastructure matters.

As testament to his market-leading capabilities and high industry regard, he was recently appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (announced January 26, 2017). This prestigious recognition acknowledged his significant service to the law in the field of international commercial arbitration, and to professional legal organisations. Alex is President of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) – Australia's leading international dispute resolution body. He was appointed as President in March 2014, following almost 10years on the ACICA board, and continues to advocate the benefits of Australia’s international arbitration regime through this role.

Throughout 2016 he acted in various matters of significant size and complexity, as well as working closely with government and judicial departments to ensure Australia’s arbitration infrastructure is competitive with international benchmarks – in order to draw international arbitration business to Australia.

Alex has further demonstrated his extensive capabilities and commitment to the industry through his roles as a member of the arbitration panels of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, China International Arbitration Commission, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board and Australian Government’s Delegation to UNCITRAL’s Working Group on Arbitration. He is also an Australian Delegate to the ICC Arbitration Commission and served on the Commission's Task Force on the New York Convention.

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