Women in Commercial Law Forum

Date & time
5.30–7pm Thursday 9 March 2017


ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Road, The Australian National University


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Nicole Harman

Presented by The Centre for Commercial Law, ANU Law Students' Society & the ANU Women in Law Organisation

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Careers in commercial law – whether in legal practice, business, government or academia – can be rewarding, intellectually challenging and exciting. Many ANU Law graduates go on to have highly successful commercial law careers. But how many are women? And what particular challenges do women face in this competitive and, historically, male-dominated area of law? The Women in Commercial Law Forum presents four ANU Law alumni, each a leader in her field, speaking candidly about the rewards and the challenges of working as women in the area of commercial law. After the Forum there will be a chance to chat over drinks.

Registration is $10 which includes canapes and drinks.


  • Anne-Marie Allgrove, Partner, Baker & McKenzie »

    Anne-Marie Allgrove is a partner in the Sydney office of Baker & McKenzie where she has developed a broad commercial practice with particular focus on issues in the technology, communications and media industries. She has significant experience in advising on government contracts and was recognised by APL 500 as an "excellent practitioner." 'Anne-Marie leads the firm's global ITC industry and practice group.

  • Amanda Harkness, ASX »

    Amanda Harkness is an ASX C-suite executive. She has a broad role across ASX’s integrated exchange group businesses, creating collaboration between business, technology and regulators to deliver value and reduce costs for those seeking capital, intermediaries, traders and investors in ASX’s financial markets and those who rely on ASX’s risk management systems.  She leads ASX’s global regulatory, legal, company secretarial and governance, policy and compliance, corporate affairs and government relations functions. Amanda Harkness chairs ASX’s Policy and Listing Standards Committee. In 2016 she was named by the UK Financial Times as a FT Top 30 Worldwide General Counsel.

  • Cathie Armour, ASIC Commissioner »

    Cathie Armour is one of 5 Commissioners of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission ("ASIC"). The Commission is responsible for ASIC's performance as Australia's integrated corporate, markets, financial services and consumer credit regulator.

    Cathie is the chair of ASIC's Enforcement Committee. In her executive role at ASIC, Cathie works most closely with ASIC's Market Integrity Group that is the teams responsible for regulating market infrastructure, market surveillance and enforcement of laws relating to market integrity. Cathie's experience before ASIC was in legal counsel leadership roles in international financial institutions. Most recently, she was General Counsel for Macquarie Capital and an Executive Director of Macquarie Group. She began her career in private legal practice and has worked for law firms in Sydney and New York. Cathie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.

  • (Chair) Prue Bindon, Barrister, Blackburn Chambers »

    Prue Bindon is a barrister, President of the Women Lawyers Association ACT and Associate Lecturer at the ANU College of Law. She is a former Managing Associate of Linklaters in Hong Kong and former Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons. She served as an Associate to High Court judge The Hon. Justice J D Heydon AC. Prue was awarded the ANU University Medal in Law, was a National Undergraduate Scholar, and a Magdalen College Oxford-Australia Scholar.

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