Law Council of Australia


Young lawyers making a positive impact

25 November 2023

The Young Lawyers Awards presented during the National Golden Gavel Competition held in Sydney last night, highlight the valuable contribution early-career legal professionals are making to their colleagues and the community.

“In 2021, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute led an evacuation from Afghanistan which included female judges, prosecutors, lawyers, activists – and their families – who were at imminent risk of persecution,” Law Council of Australia President, Mr Luke Murphy said.

“The winner of this year’s Young Australian of the Year Award, Palwasha Nawabi, is being honoured for her tireless efforts to help and support these families.

“A solicitor at Immigration Solutions Lawyers, Palwasha led the operational and administrative aspect of a significant pro bono initiative which resulted in successful procurement of 90 Subclass 449 visas for 20 Afghan women and their families and permanent residence visas for those who chose to settle in Australia.”

When named the 2023 Young Lawyer of the Year, Ms Nawabi said she takes pride in joining an esteemed group of previous winners, who like herself joined the profession to make a positive impact in society. “Assisting the international legal community and advocating for those who work towards justice and the rule of law is a distinction on its own, but to also be recognised for my legal contribution in an area of law which I am passionate about, is truly encouraging as a young lawyer,” Ms Nawabi said.

During last night’s event, Queensland Young Lawyers (QYL) was presented with the Australian Young Lawyer Organisation Award.

“QYL was recognised for its 2023 Queensland Legal Salary Survey which collects data from lawyers, barristers and students across the state to provide a one-of-a-kind insight into salary and the legal market.

“The survey gathers a range of important information from job satisfaction, through to the reasons why lawyers decide to stay or leave their employer and work arrangements.

“This data allows young lawyers to make informed decisions as they navigate the early stages of their career. Equally importantly, it provides the profession with an accurate, timely and evidence-based understanding of challenges and issues that need to be addressed to maintain our workforce into the future.

“QYL and Palwasha have demonstrated the real difference members of our profession can make in people’s lives and they are very worthy recipients of these awards.”


Kristen Connell
P. 0400 054 227


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