For International Women’s Day, we are introducing you to the women of the firm who are doing things differently.
Each day we will profile a different female who has faced challenges or chosen to create their own path for their career.
We look forward to you reading about these women and learning more about the working culture at Cornwalls.
Cornwalls was the first employer of a female lawyer in Australia, being Grata Flos Greig (Flos).
In the early 1900s, Flos attended the University of Melbourne and graduated second in her class with a Bachelor of Laws. At that time, females were not allowed to be legal practitioners. Flos, alongside others, successfully campaigned to allow women to enter the legal profession.
In April 1903, the Parliament of Victoria passed the Women’s Disabilities Removal Act 1903 (Vic) (the ‘Flos Greig Enabling Act’), which allowed women to practice law in Victoria.
After completing her articles with Frank Cornwall in 1905, she became the first female admitted to practice law in Australia and the first female to be admitted to the law institute.
Read more about Flos, her family and her life here
Sarah Bullock is a Senior Associate in Cornwalls’ Sydney office who goes above and beyond what is expected from her clients and team.
She has worked in corporate and transactions law for 8 years and has a breadth of experience in matters ranging from deals involving specialised electronic warfare subsystems used in front-line military fighter jets, to mergers and acquisitions worth over $100 million. Sarah is currently working remotely from Toronto, Canada.
Despite being halfway across the world, Sarah always meets client expectations, is an integral part of the Sydney office culture and continues to champion for women in the workforce. Sarah shares her experience and views on flexible work, unconscious biases and volunteer work in an interview here.
Emma Hegarty is a Trade Marks Attorney in Australia and New Zealand. She juggles being a full time mum with working part time.
Her career in law and love of trade marks began in 2001, when she started working for a medium sized intellectual property dedicated law firm. Under the guidance of two senior patent partners who she remains in contact with, Emma was encouraged to expand her horizons and learn as much as possible. Following that role, she moved to a large IP dedicated firm where she worked under a senior trade mark partner for many years. In this role she was again encouraged to have autonomy and take responsibility for matters, always being treated with respect. These roles showed her the benefit of trust in a working environment and how that can achieve dedication, cohesion, and the best outcomes for both clients and colleagues.
Read more about Emma and her career here