Media Release | 23 June 2015

Melissa Zen acknowledged as a talent to watch by Lawyers Weekly’s 30 under 30 Awards

Hall & Wilcox is pleased to announce that one of its young lawyers, Melissa Zen, has been recognized as one of the winners in Lawyers Weekly’s annual 30 under 30 Awards, which identifies Australia’s emerging legal talent.

Melissa works in our financial services and insurance practice, and was part of the team from Sparke Helmore which came across to Hall & Wilcox.

Daniel Stoddart, a partner in the financial services and insurance practice, has worked with Melissa for seven years and says she is already having a positive impact for clients. “Melissa is a talented and hardworking lawyer who has already been involved in two cases which set precedents on novel points of law. She is a great asset to our clients.”

Quoted in a Lawyers Weekly article, Melissa said young lawyers are able to challenge the way in which insurance law is practised, with positive results: “I think that by bringing my Gen Y way of thinking to the industry, I bring a fresh approach and question things perhaps more than other lawyers who accept things as they are on the premise that they have always been a certain way.”

She also said soft skills are vital for insurance lawyers, whose clients are often experiencing loss or personal upheaval. “In being passionate and empathetic towards people who find themselves in less than desirable circumstances, I believe I am contributing to changing the way in which people view insurance and the legal profession as a whole.”


Oliver Jankowsky

Partner & Head of International Practice

Ed Paton

Partner & Head of SE Asia Practice

Eugene Chen

Partner & Head of China Practice

Melanie Smith

Director - Business Development, Marketing and Communications

Natalie Bannister

Partner & Commercial National Practice Leader

Rhett Slocombe

Partner & Insurance National Practice Leader

Katie McKenzie


James Bull

Special Counsel and Head of Frank

Melanie James

People & Culture Manager

Jacqui Barrett

Partner & Head of US Practice

Paul O’Donnell

Consultant & Head of Energy

Christopher Brown

Partner & Head of UK Practice

Lauren Parrant

Senior People & Culture Advisor, as at 1 July 2022

Melinda Woledge

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jasmine Koh

Senior Associate and Head of Frank

Alison Choy Flannigan

Partner & Leader, Health & Community

Billie Kerkez

Manager – Smarter Recovery Solutions

Peter Jones

Senior Commercial Counsel

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