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23 October 2017 James Skelton named 2017 Australian Young Lawyer of the Year by The Law Council of Australia

Congratulations to James Skelton who has taken out the 2017 Australian Young Lawyer Award. 

James specialises in the areas of commercial, intellectual property and technology law at Swaab Attorneys and won the 2017 Lawyers Weekly “30 Under 30” Award for commercial law in Australia and was previously a finalist in the 2016 & 2017 Australian Law Awards for “Young Gun of the Year.”

James has been engaged with NSW Young Lawyers since 2013 with involvement over a range of committees. However, his main contribution has been to the Communications, Entertainment and Technology Law (CET) Committee, where he has spearheaded a range of initiatives and edited and participated in submissions on topics ranging from online copyright infringement to serious invasions of privacy.

James leads the NSW Young Lawyers’ Wellbeing and Diversity Working Group, which focuses on understanding the psychological, physiological and social factors affecting the wellbeing of lawyers, their colleagues, and their clients.

Law Council of Australia President, Fiona McLeod SC, praised Mr Skelton’s contribution.

“James is an incredibly dynamic and accomplished young lawyer well deserving of this honour,” Ms McLeod said.

“Understanding and improving the wellbeing of lawyers is vital for a strong and healthy legal profession. James’ work in this area lead to lasting benefits for lawyers and their colleagues.

“This year it was a pleasure to see James’ leadership in action as he coordinated the first ever float to enter the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on behalf of NSW Young Lawyers.

“I was among a great group of around 40 people who marched under the rainbow banner James organised, emblazoned with ‘Equality Under the Law.’

“I have no doubt James will make an outstanding contribution over the course of what I assume will be a long career in the law.”

You can read the full media release by The Law Council of Australia here.

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