Law Council of Australia

Business Law Section

Tom Yuncken Australian Young Construction Lawyer Award

Since 2008, the Construction and Infrastructure Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia has been conducting the Tom Yuncken Young Construction Lawyer Award. The Award was established in memory of Allens Arthur Robinson partner and construction lawyer Tom Yuncken, a former Chair of the Victorian Committee. Initially offered to Victorian lawyers, since 2018 it has been a national award.

The Award is offered by the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia (BLS) and sponsored by the Society of Construction Law Australia (SoCLA).


2023 nominations is closed.

Thanks to the generous support of the BLS, the winner of the 2023 Award will receive $2,500. SoCLA will also provide any finalists (including any winner) selected via the process outlined below with support towards attendance at the SoCLA National Conference in 2024. The assistance of the Building Dispute Practitioners Society in publicising the Award is also acknowledged.


The award is open to all Australian legal practitioners who have not attained the age of 36 years at the date on which entries close who hold a valid practising certificate in the state or territory in which they practise. Solicitors, barristers and in-house lawyers are all eligible and membership of professional associations is not essential. Learn more about the award criteria here.

How to Apply

Complete the Nomination Form and lodge the form and information required by the closing date by email to:

Ms Adrienne Parker
Chair, Construction and Infrastructure Law Committee
Business Law Section

Previous Winners

Rachel is a Senior Associate at Squire Patton Boggs where she provides non-contentious and contentious advice on construction, energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects.  Rachel demonstrated excellence in the provision of construction law services to clients involved in the battery minerals and infrastructure sectors and has worked on a difficult and challenging assignment with an intergovernmental organisation focused on global collaboration in radio astronomy.  Rachel has continued to develop her expertise through completion of external training and courses, multiple speaking engagements and expanding her professional networks through events including NAWIC’s Annual Awards for Excellence, where she is an active committee member. She has spoken at numerous seminars on security of payment legislation, NEC4 and collaborative contracting, co-authored papers and shown clear leadership and mentoring skills and strong ethical behaviours. Her referees describe her as a person of integrity with a strong sense of fairness and being fearless in speaking up and taking action where necessary.

Katie Mead's practice focuses on dispute resolution involving major resources, projects, and construction. She has significant experience acting for principals, contractors, and subcontractors in preparation for arbitration and litigation proceedings. Katie also provides strategic advice to a range of domestic and international clients in the energy, resources, and infrastructure sectors.

Katie has recently worked for clients on a wide range of high-value onshore and offshore construction projects. She has particular experience running complex international and domestic commercial arbitrations and has also represented clients in Supreme Court and Federal Court litigation proceedings. Katie is on the Committee of Women in Oil and Gas in Western Australia, is a representative on multiple subcommittees within the Society of Construction Law Australia (SoCLA), and is on the Health and Wellbeing Committee for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).



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