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It hosts the annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards which recognises individual excellence in the law, from the profession's most senior ranks to its rising stars. 

The annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards is the premier legal event of the year.

At the 2017 Australian Law Awards, William won the Barrister of the Year award. William said, ‘To win once is already amazing. Then to win the Excellence Award for being the ‘best of the best’ was truly overwhelming! The recognition of these awards is for the community, Asian Australian lawyers, and for diversity and inclusion.

William felt privileged to lead by example in order to challenge, inspire, and empower others to persevere and build resilience despite experiencing setbacks and failures. For him personally, that night showcased to the younger generation of diverse lawyers that they too can rise up to the occasion, and break ‘ceilings’ that might hold them back consciously or unconsciously.

William said, ‘The recognition of these awards to all the winners is a step for each of us to continue to champion a diverse and inclusive legal profession.  When we stand together to uphold the Rule of Law and perform our duties to the highest standards as Officers of the Court, the legal profession will be favourably viewed. It has been my honour to be part of the Australian Law Awards family of winners!  We are charting new territory!


testimonials From the Lawyer’s Weekly

Barrister of the Year: William Lye OAM, Foley’s List

‘Mr Lye is a leading counsel in complex matters involving cross-border disputes, cross-cultural mediation and litigation.

He is also a champion of diversity and multiculturalism. In 2017, Mr Lye received an Order of Australia Medal – the first barrister of Chinese descent to do so – for his services to the law, to business and to the promotion of cultural diversity.’

Lawyers Weekly Excellence Award: William Lye OAM, Foley’s List

‘There are no nominations for this category, with the award going to the individual winner with the highest score across the lawyer-specific categories. Mr Lye, who won the Barrister of the Year award, impressed the judges with his creative and innovative approach to litigation, negotiation and mediation, as well as his advocacy for diversity in the legal profession.’