Sydney Law School Distinguished Alumni Series: In conversation with Law School alumna Georgia Dawson

Saturday, December 2, 2023, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
New Law Building F10

As a highlight of the Alumni Festival, we invite you to join us for a Sydney Law School-hosted event featuring the University of Sydney Law School alumnae Georgia Dawson, winner of the 2023 Alumni Award for International Achievement, in conversation with Nicole Abadee.

Georgia Dawson, a prominent leader in the legal profession, will reflect on her journey through Law School, her successful career working in top law firms, and her pioneering role as the first woman to lead Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as senior partner in the firm’s 280-year history. The event will provide an opportunity for attendees to gain insights into Georgia's leadership and experiences, including her commitment to championing diversity and making the legal profession more inclusive, particularly for women and the LGBTQI+ community.  

Georgia Dawson is the firm's senior partner and has a background in internal and regulatory investigations, complex multi-jurisdictional litigation, and compliance advice in relation to anti-money laundering, anti-bribery, corruption, and human rights. She has worked on significant cross-border mandates across a range of jurisdictions in APAC, Europe, Africa and Central Asia.
Georgia has been named as one of Financial News’ Most Influential Women in Finance (2023, 2022 and 2021) and in 2021, she was recognised as an ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards Woman Lawyer of the Year. Georgia was also named an Innovative Leader in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2020. She has been included by the Financial Times and Yahoo! in the OUTstanding Top 50 LGBT+ Ally Executives Role Model lists in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 and by Stonewall as its Global Senior Champion in 2019. 
Georgia is admitted to practice in Hong Kong, England & Wales and New South Wales, and she is a registered foreign lawyer in Singapore. She holds a first-class degree in law from the University of Sydney and a Master’s degree in international relations from Cambridge University, where she studied as a Chevening scholar.

Nicole Abadee is a University of Sydney alumna. After a 20-year career in the law, practising as a barrister at the New South Wales Bar and then teaching International Law, she moved into the literary world. Nicole now writes about books and other things for Good Weekend and regularly interviews writers at writers’ festivals and other literary events.

Location: The Law Foyer, Sydney Law School, Level 2, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue (street level entrance). 

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