Brisbane lawyer Tegun Middleton was on Friday evening announced as this year’s Law Council of Australia (LCA) ‘Young Lawyer of the Year’ award winner.
The MinterEllison Senior Associate was honoured at the National Golden Gavel competition in Canberra for her significant contributions to the legal profession and community across a wide range of areas, including her work in supporting early career lawyers.
LCA President Tass Liveris said Tegun had consistently demonstrated a commitment to helping others since being admitted to practice in 2015.
“This has included significant participation in charitable and pro bono work and co-founding The Legal Forecast, which is an organisation for law students and early career legal professionals which seeks to promote access to justice, inclusion and mental wellbeing in the profession,” he said.
“Under Tegun’s leadership, The Legal Forecast has continued to expand its reach and is now well beyond its original start-up base of Brisbane, with chapters in Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth.
“It is a pleasure to be able to honour those who hold the future of the profession in their hands and are doing so much to help others kick start their legal careers and develop into outstanding lawyers.”
Tegun is also currently working with the Lovewell Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which provides support to women who are in, or recovering from, vulnerable situations.
Tegun said it was a real privilege to be recognised for her achievements in this way, and to join the cohort of young lawyers who have received the award to date.
“It was great to take a moment to step back, reflect on and celebrate all the milestones so far, and the wonderful people that have been involved in the process,” she said.
“I have had the privilege to work with some incredible young lawyers and law students who have dedicated themselves to making a genuine positive impact on the communities in which we operate, and making moves for the evolution of our profession into one that fosters and prioritises wellbeing.”