23 November 2023 – Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ) and Queensland Law Society (QLS) are delighted to announce the resounding success of the 10th annual Queensland Legal Profession Breakfast, where more than $160,000 was raised for WLSQ, thanks to the generosity of valued sponsors and supporters.
This landmark event, held both in City Hall and online, brought together more than 650 members of the legal profession to commemorate a decade of unity in supporting domestic and family violence prevention.
This year’s breakfast marked the 10th anniversary with the theme “10 Years – A Legacy of Care”. Attendees were treated to a thought-provoking panel discussion on domestic and family violence featuring The Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC, Dr Rachael Field, Lionel Hogg, and Nadia Bromley.
Nadia Bromley, CEO of Women’s Legal Service Queensland, said: “We are deeply thankful for the overwhelming support received at this significant event. The funds raised will contribute immensely to our work of providing free legal and social work support to women and children affected by domestic and family violence. This year’s breakfast not only celebrated a decade of commitment but also shone a light on the legacy of care that the legal community continues to build.”
Chloé Kopilović, Queensland Law Society President, said: “Queensland Law Society is honoured to support WLSQ on the 10th anniversary of this significant event shining a light on domestic and family violence, and by recognising an outstanding practitioner through the Dame Quentin Bryce Domestic Violence Prevention Advocate Award. While we have come a long way, there is still a long way to go. QLS is committed to a coordinated, powerful and compassionate response to every incidence of DFV by supporting legal practitioners to assist victim-survivors and working towards strong legislative change.”
Rosie Batty AO, 2015 Australian of the Year and speaker at the 2014 Legal Professional Breakfast, added: “I still recall very nervously speaking at the Legal Professional Breakfast nine years ago now. A lot of time has passed since then, but the issue of family violence continues to be the overwhelming problem that it’s always been. Raising awareness and striving for change is just as important now as it has ever been. I hope you continue with me on this journey.”
Lionel Hogg, Partner at Gadens, said: “Thanks in no small part to the tireless advocacy of Women’s Legal Service Queensland, the Queensland legal profession is acutely aware of the scourge of domestic violence in the community and its profound impact on many lives. As a result, the profession generally has been incredibly supportive of fundraising and pro bono efforts for many years, and I know this support will continue.”
The 2023 Dame Quentin Bryce Domestic Violence Prevention Advocate Award was presented to Kathleen Simpson.
Looking ahead, WLSQ looks forward to its 40th Anniversary celebration in 2024. Follow WLSQ for updates on planned activities and the enduring legacy of a four-decade commitment to providing accessible legal assistance and other vital support services to women in Queensland.
WLSQ would like to thank our valued sponsors and supporters:
2023 LEGAL PROFESSION BREAKFAST SPONSORS
- Bar Association of Queensland
- Clayton Utz
- Colin Biggers & Paisley
- Corrs Chambers Westgarth
- DLA Piper
- Herbert Smith Freehills
- Hopgood Ganim Lawyers
- King & Wood Mallesons
- McInnes Wilson Lawyers
- Quay 11 Chambers
- Queensland Law Society
- Thomson Geer Lawyers