Australia’s top partners were celebrated at Lawyers Weekly’s second Partner of the Year Awards on Friday night.

A crowd of over 400 gathered together at Sydney’s The Westin on 28 April to mark the second annual Partner of the Year Awards.

This year’s finalists were an impressive bunch, with judges extremely impressed over the quality of work completed over the past 12 months.

In total, 24 awards were handed out, including the hotly contested Excellence Award – bestowed to the partner who collectively received the highest scores from judges.

Lawyers Weekly would like to thank our sponsors Macquarie Gordon & Co, thedocyard, Law Image, Sheahan Lock Partners, Spike and Momentum Intelligence for their hand in making the night a success.

We would also like to congratulate the winners and finalists of the night – and thank you all for your support.

The winners of the 2017 Partner of the Year Awards are:

Banking and Finance
Claire Rogers, King & Wood Mallesons

Commercial
Dr Martyn Taylor, Norton Rose Fulbright

Competition, Trade and Regulation
Kirsten Webb, Clayton Utz

Construction and Infrastructure
David Hugo, Herbert Smith Freehills

Criminal
Andrew Tiedt, Armstrong Legal

Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Jason Betts, Herbert Smith Freehills

Family Law
Pierce Carstensen, McInnes Wilson Lawyers

Financial Services
Nathan Hodge, King & Wood Mallesons

Government
Caroline Bush, Clayton Utz

Health
Dr Teresa Nicoletti, Mills Oakley

Insolvency
Dominic Emmett, Gilbert + Tobin

Insurance
Deborah Templeman, Gilchrist Connell

Intellectual Property
John Lee, Gilbert + Tobin

Mergers and Acquisitions
Philippa Stone, Herbert Smith Freehills

Migration
Alison Ryan, Refugee Advice & Casework Service

Native Title
Tony Denholder, Ashurst

Planning and Environment
Jeff Lynn, Ashurst

Pro Bono
Jeremy King, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Projects, Energy and Resources
Amanda Davidson, Davidson. Legal, Consulting, Advisory

Real Estate
Nikki Robinson, Clayton Utz

Taxation
Michael Clough, King & Wood Mallesons

Technology, Media and Communications
Dr Martyn Taylor, Norton Rose Fulbright

Workplace Relations
Carlie Holt, Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Partner of the Year Excellence Award
Michael Clough, King & Wood Mallesons