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

James Skel­ton, has tak­en out the 2017 Aus­tralian Young Lawyer Award.

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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