Renee Eglinton

Renee Eglinton

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now (whether at home, work, in the community, etc.)?

Providing expertise and compassion to my clients when they are often at their most vulnerable and assisting them to achieve a positive outcome and fresh start.

What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?

Perspective, respect, education.

What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?

A commitment to educating lawyers to truly appreciate and respect others peoples’ differences and opinions. I strongly believe the younger generation of lawyers will be game changers when it comes to diversity within the profession.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

My Year 11 English teacher suggested I look at law as a profession. I think I make a better lawyer than I would have dentist, which was another career choice I considered.

Renee is a Director at Kare Lawyers

International Women’s Day is more than a day – there are 101 reasons to celebrate

Year 101 Women in Law

International Women's Day is more than a day — there are 101 reasons to celebrate

Celebrating women in law

‘Women in law’ as a term has come a long way, while early trailblazers lit the path, it is the modern workforce that has kept the flame burning and developing – pioneering innovations and bringing fresh perspective to a once male-dominated industry.

In fact, according to URBIS 2018 – National Profile of Solicitors, in 2016 the profession had, for the first time a balance of genders (50% female and 50% male) and 2018 saw a shift to 52% for the former, positioning males at 48%.

“As talented and strong individuals we impact, disrupt, challenge and improve the law in equal standing with our male colleagues, the clear and unequivocal empowerment from our employers to be changemakers in the face of the antiquated views of the old-industry, has seen significant legal advancements across a global scale” – Kristan Conlon shared.

2018 celebrated the 100-year milestone of women practicing law across the majority of Australian states, in response McCullough Robertson created the Year 101 project – highlighting 101 women in the legal profession. Three years on we have seen 61 incredible legal professionals profiled, with many more to come.

Nominations are open and in the spirit of today, if you have a female industry colleague who has impacted your career, please submit their details here. We will review and continue sharing additional inspirational stories with you.

Wherever you are celebrating today, from all of us at McCullough Robertson Lawyers, best wishes for International Women’s Day.