Class of 1981
I felt honoured and privileged to be recognised alongside these amazing women.
Former School Captain, Bronwyn Lincoln (Class of 1981) is a lawyer, specialising in international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation.
Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Melbourne, Bronwyn has represented many national and international clients across a number of jurisdictions.
Panel arbitrator for the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and current Chair of the Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre, Bronwyn also has expertise in international regulatory matters, white collar crime and extradition.
In 2017, Bronwyn was awarded Melbourne International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year. She was also awarded National Mentor of the Year in the Women in Law Awards.
Bronwyn believes that as a partner, it’s incumbent on you to help develop and nurture, and therefore mentor, the junior lawyers who work immediately in your team.
“When I arrived at Corrs, I just put the offer out there generally for anyone. It is vital that senior lawyers invest their time in helping the next generation develop,” she says.
Also in 2017, Bronwyn was recognised alongside other notable women in a photo, taken to commemorate a year in which a record number of women in law held leadership positions.
Described as “21st Century Leaders in Law”, the photo captured 21 incredibly talented women, one being Bronwyn.
The goal of the photo was to feature leading women in Victoria’s legal system and hopefully to inspire the next
generation of women lawyers to aim for the top. The women represented the judiciary, courts, government, diplomacy, professional organisations and associations and law schools. It included the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia and the Governor of Victoria.
Bronwyn was asked to participate due to her role as Chair of the Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre. She believes that the photo recognised, acknowledged and celebrated how far women have come in the law industry.
“The law industry has not always provided a comfortable or easy career path for women, so amongst other things, this photo is both a celebration of what has been achieved and a sign of future opportunities for those women who will follow.”
“I felt honoured and privileged to be asked to participate. There was no formal award but simply being recognised alongside these amazing women, was for me, a prize in itself,” she says.