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Recognising outstanding government solicitors

Applications are now open


The Law Society recognises and celebrates outstanding government solicitors through two awards, the John Hennessy Research Scholarship and the Michelle Crowther PSM Excellence in Government Solicitors Award.

Michelle Crowther PSM Excellence in Government Legal Service Award 2017

Do you know a public sector solicitor, or group of solicitors, who perform above and beyond their usual responsibilities? Then nominate them for an Excellence Award in Government Legal Service.

This annual award recognises significant contributions by public sector solicitors and is judged by the Law Society's Government Solicitors Committee. Nominations for 2017 will close on Tuesday, 1 August 2017.

Click here to access and download the interactive Michelle Crowther PSM Excellence in Government Legal Service Award nomination form.

John Hennessy Legal Scholarship

Are you a public sector solicitor interested in undertaking a research project into legal systems in another jurisdiction or undertaking further study? If so the John Hennessy Legal Scholarship, established by the Government Solicitors Committee, may be able to provide you with financial assistance.

The scholarship is an 'occasional scholarship' that is offered from time to time and covers travel, study and other approved expenses up to a maximum value of $10,000. Applications for 2017 will close on Tuesday, 1 August 2017.

Click here to access and download the interactive John Hennessy Legal Scholarship application form.

2016 award winner profiles
Adam Booker and Bill Gerogiannis

John Hennessy Legal Scholarship
Previous winners: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Professional development

The government solicitor segment is one of the most varied in the profession. We aim to equip you with all the skills you need, regardless of area of law, to continue to progress your career. 

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Resources

A Guide to Ethical Obligations of Government Lawyers for non-lawyer colleagues

A Guide to Ethical Issues for Government Solicitors

A Government Lawyer's Guide to Rules on Ethical Issues

An exploratory study of the legal education needs of government solicitors

Inside In-house Legal Teams - Report on a survey of corporate and government lawyers

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