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Australian Lawyer Awarded Top Honours


Sydney 1 October 2009 - At a glittering Sydney Harbour reception in the presence of her Excellency Governor Bashir and distinguished members of the Australian legal fraternity lawyer Anny Slater of Slaters Intellectual Property Lawyers was named New South Wales’ top woman lawyer in private practice.

A judging panel made up of representatives from the Attorney-General’s Dept of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the Law Society of NSW, the Australia Corporate Lawyers Association, the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency and the Women Lawyers Association awarded Anny top honours for excellence in the law and the success of her law firm Slaters Intellectual Property Lawyers. The law firm recently won Best Enterprise at the 2008 Australian Business Awards and advises on IP, technology, media and entertainment law.

“My fellow nominees are such amazing, inspirational women it is an honour just to be named with them” Anny said.

From her position as a partner in leading Sydney law firms, Anny saw a gap in the market and set out to provide a service to clients that combined the knowledge and expertise of a large firm with the personal service and low-overheads of a sole practice. Of course, sole practice is not a new concept in itself but, prior to Anny’s venture, no-one had been successful in sole practice specialising in intellectual property. Anny had to hit the ground running. In September 2001, SLATERS Intellectual Property Lawyers was convened. Anny’s initiative and applied abilities has seen SLATERS Intellectual Property Lawyers thrive. Today, the firm caters for a wide variety of clients; from Australian icon Ken Done to Just Cuts, one of the largest hair salon franchises in the world. Anny has also had great success in attracting international clients like São Paulo Alpargatas S.A. (Brazil), the manufacturers of world famous Havaianas footwear, as well as famous U.S. pop band Devo.

Yet, throughout it all she has never lost sight of her clients, her community, her professional obligations and her love of the law and the arts.

Anny says: “the established thought is that we are 50% right brained and 50% left brained. I believe that we should be 100% in both”.

She accounts her love of both the law and the arts as the reason why she has not suffered feelings of isolation and loneliness in sole practice. Her law website, which she designed, is located at and her artistic websites are at and

Anny is also known for her community service and success in the arts having been placed on the NSW Government’s honour roll in 2009. In July 2009, Anny travelled to Michigan at the invitation of Oscar™ winner Michael Moore to screen her award winning political comedy films and to teach at his new film school a role she also fulfilled at Yale University in 2005. Anny is also managing director of entertainment company Moondance Pictures. Her collective film work was recently inducted into the Australian National Collection at the Film & Sound Archive in Canberra. The same work was recently nominated for a United Nations Media Peace Prize.

She is an active mentor in the NSW Law Society’s “shadowing” program for indigenous students, Women in Film & TV’s 2009 mentoring program and also via her monthly probono practice.

Slaters Intellectual Property Lawyers is located in East Balmain, New South Wales, Australia.

Media Contact: Anny Slater (02)98181813
Media officer: Women Lawyers’Association of NSW



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