International Women’s Day: seven amazing stories

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Hall & Wilcox will be releasing seven stories from some of our amazing women over the next seven days. These inspirational stories will reflect on challenges these women may have faced and the successes they have achieved.

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Natalie Bannister

As an ambitious young woman studying law, having an unplanned pregnancy at 19 could have been a career breaker for Natalie Bannister. Instead, it proved to be just another milestone that she took in her stride on her successful legal career. The leader of our National Commercial practice and partner in our property and projects practice, Natalie is recognised as a leading property, planning and environmental lawyer. She shares her story.

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Stephanie Driscoll

Growing up in the small Western Australian town of Toodyay, Stephanie Driscoll says that it never occurred to her that she would one day become a lawyer. After commencing studies for a career in health sciences, then gaining 15 years of experience in law, Stephanie now works as a partner in our insurance practice. She shares her story.


Jacqui Barrett

Perspective, empathy and drive are three themes that stand out in Jacqui Barrett’s story when we caught up with her this week for International Women’s Day. A partner in our Sydney Corporate and Commercial law practice, Jacqui is dedicated to mentoring and helping to progress the next generation of lawyers, and is particularly interested in encouraging female founders and women in startups. She shares her story.

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Kelli Stallard

Since the age of 12, Kelli Stallard wanted to be a lawyer. She was interested in history and government, and wanted to be in a career that allowed her to give back as well. With law, she could see how those skills could be used in the wider community. Kelli is a partner in our Insurance Queensland practice and a member of the Hall & Wilcox board. She shares her story.

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Ahranee Vijayaseelan

From humble beginnings, a focus on education and supportive family has ensured Ahranee Vijayaseelan’s success. Now a partner in our General Insurance team, Ahranee recently embarked on her biggest challenge to date: motherhood. She tells her story.

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  Katrina Reye 

Juggling the dual demands of a baby and busy practice at a small firm in Newcastle, Katrina Reye didn’t have another child for seven years. Always a high achiever, Katrina had won the university medal during her law degree and worked her way up from law clerk to partner. Eight years on, she is a partner in our Property and Projects practice, advising both government and the private sector on major projects, development, property and commercial law. She has found a way to be an engaged and present parent to her two children while having the career she always set her sights on. She shares her story.

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     Liz Meyer

Sometimes we are sent down a career path based on the expectations of past generations, as Liz Meyer found when she decided to start all over again after her first career as a nurse. Liz is now a very successful partner at Hall & Wilcox, an exceptional personal injury / workers compensation lawyer and a woman who has lead the way for many people within the firm. She shares her story.