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.


The AIAA Legal team’s achievements include:

  • Positive outcomes on high risk claims matters, assisting AIAA pay over $1billion in valid claims in 2016.
  • Lead role on significant and high profile regulatory matters, including review of claims processes to support ASIC’s regulatory review, submissions in the Parliamentary Inquiry into the life insurance industry, and a lead role in the FSC working-group drafting the Life Code to enhance industry-wide processes and outcomes.
  • Advised on innovative projects aligned to AIAA’s award winning shared-value strategy, such as: (i) AIA Vitality – an award winning innovation in the Australian life insurance market which rewards healthy lifestyle choices and was named the ‘Life Insurance Product of the Year’; and (ii) an award winning innovative insurance benefit design which aims to reduce premiums and promote rehabilitation and return to work for claimants.
  • Contributed to AIAA achieving quality results including the number one position in: (i) the Australian group insurance market, including support on renewal and retention of 10/10 of AIAA’s top group insurance clients (~$1.5billion) and successful tender for Mercer Superannuation Trust (~$90million); and (ii) the Australian retail insurance market for new business sales.
  • Confidentially advised on significant inorganic growth opportunities in the life and health insurance industries including corporate restructuring within AIA Group.
  • Industry recognition for excellence in numerous individual and team awards including ‘In-house Team of the Year’ finalist in the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards and ‘Insurance Team of the Year’ finalist in the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards.
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