Australian female in-house lawyers create networking website

By Charlotte Mullen

14 August 2013 at 08:57 BST

Female in-house lawyers have a new networking opportunity thanks to a group of six Australian lawyers who set up a website aiming to unite women in the in-house legal community.


The website, Women In-House, was set up in March by a group of experienced in-house female lawyers who found difficulty in networking amongst female legal colleagues and were looking for  opportunities to meet other female in-house lawyers to collaborate and share ideas.

Brief snapshot

One of the website’s founders, Katie Foat, told Lawyers Weekly of the small window of opportunity that female lawyers have to meet each other, mainly at law firm functions or on the other side of a transaction.  Ms Foat,  a legal director in Sydney with Transport Modellers Alliance said these occasions provided women with ‘only get a very brief snapshot’ which did not allow ‘an opportunity to really meet and talk’ with female peers.

Expanding out of Sydney

Registered members can attend monthly lunches with seating arrangements targeted at specific industries to encourage networking. The events are primarily based in Sydney but are currently expanding to other cities in Australia.  


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