Leading Queensland and internationally renowned surrogacy solicitor Stephen Page has been named winner of the inaugural Pride in Law award in recognition of stellar contribution of LGBTIQ+ practitioners in the profession.
Mr Page received the honour during Pride in Law’s 4th Annual Address, in partnership with Queensland Law Society, at Brisbane’s QEII Courts of Law’s ceremonial Banco Court on Friday evening.
Pride in Law is a Queensland-based non-political group the aims to link the LGBTIQ+ legal community, their allies and to form associations bringing together the LGBTIQ+ legal profession across multiple disciplines.
The director of Page Provan Family and Fertility Lawyers, Mr Page is internationally regarded as one of the leading surrogacy lawyers in Australia and one of Brisbane’s most respected LGBTIQ+ friendly lawyers.
He has written and presented at conferences around the world and acted in his first surrogacy case in 1988.
Since then he has become the only lawyer in Australia to appear in courts in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia on surrogacy matters.
A Queensland Law Society accredited family law specialist since 1996, Mr Page celebrated his Pride in Law award with his husband Mitchell Page and their new daughter, Elizabeth.
Mr Page was nominated by Bridget Cullen and supported by Kay Feeney.
QLS President Luke Murphy congratulated Mr Page on being the first recipient of the Pride in Law Award.
Pride in Law National Director and President (QLD) Dean Clifford-Jones recently told Proctor people who wished to identify as LGBTIQ+ and their allies needed advocates to stand together on gender equality issues, growing indigenous disadvantage and other intersectionality concerns.
“As a legal profession, we are stronger together; uniting with purpose and respect,’’ Mr Clifford-Jones said.
The address was attended by a broad cross-section of the legal profession, including judicial officers from various jurisdictions and senior practitioners from both the Queensland Bar and solicitors branch of the profession.
The evening’s keynote address was given by Queensland Land Court President Fleur Kingham.