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Published: 22 May 2018
Author: Ron Pearce

Gender balance among legal partners a legal first

In welcoming three new partners to the Ryan Carlisle Thomas Group, two of whom are women, Ryan Carlisle Thomas becomes the first plaintiff law firm that I am aware of to strike an even balance between male and female at partnership level.

In doing so, we offer our congratulations to Elizabeth Becker, Michael Burdess and Tanya Neilson who have been promoted from senior positions in the firm to partner level.

Elizabeth Becker

Elizabeth Becker

Elizabeth practices in all parts of the law that bear on relationships and families, including Intervention Orders, property disputes and settlements, separation, mediation and children's matters. She operates as a family and relationship lawyer in our Melbourne and Dandenong offices and joined Ryan Carlisle Thomas following a successful and challenging career as Principal Lawyer to a multicultural womens family violence practice. Elizabeth has a keen interest in the establishment of a therapeutic and multidiscipline approach to Family Law.

“My appointment to Ryan Carlisle Thomas partnership presents as a wonderful opportunity to work with clients in a progressive and client focused firm achieving the best result in a social justice environment,” Elizabeth said.

Michael Burdess

Michael Burdess

Michael works across and manages the Stringer Clark Warrnambool and Ararat offices and covers matters related to Personal Injury, Injury in Public, Transport Accidents, WorkCover, Crimes Compensation and Superannuation.

“I am thrilled to join the exceptional group of people that make up the partnership group. I’m also looking forward to applying my interest in the intersection of ‘the practice of law’ and technology at the firm,” Michael said.

Tanya Neilson

Tanya Neilson

Tanya joined the firm in 2004 and her area of expertise is in superannuation and personal injury. Tanya helps local people who are unable to return to work as a result of injury or illness, to access income protection and/or  total permanent disability insurance payments through their superannuation schemes.

“I feel very honoured to be appointed to the role of Partner with Ryan Carlisle Thomas and look forward to championing our firm’s values while achieving the best results for our clients,” Tanya said.

What’s the criteria for making partner?

The leadership team at RCT recognise the valuable contribution our most recent partners have made to the firm over the last several years, and we welcome their input in reaching our vision and mission in the years ahead.

The newly appointed partners are recognised for their:

  • leadership qualities
  • expertise, and
  • the embracement of the firm’s culture.

Shared values unite us

Our partners share the same values as our legal team and support staff.

These are:

  • respect for the way in which we treat each other and our clients
  • mutual support and solidarity
  • honest and open communication
  • a democratic and progressive stance on current issues, and support for causes that improve the lives and working conditions of all working people.

We once again thank and congratulate our newly elevated partners.

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