Six University of Queensland law graduates are finalists in the annual Lawyers Weekly Top 30 Under 30 awards.
Brian Kirkup (DibbsBarker), Corinne Rathie and Tom Heading (Norton Rose Fulbright), Michael Zheng (Gilbert + Tobin), James Johnston (Ashurst) and Luke Grayson (Colin Biggers & Paisley) graduated from the TC Beirne School of Law between 2008 and 2012.
Entrants were required to answer five questions including how the legal profession could be improved for clients and lawyers.
Mr Zheng said he was honoured to be considered among the best young lawyers in Australia.
“I would not be reaching the finals of the Lawyers Weekly Top 30 Under 30 or working at a leading law firm like Gilbert + Tobin without the great experience I had at UQ,” Mr Zheng said.
“The knowledge and friends I gained during my time at the law school have been critical in shaping my life as a commercial lawyer.”
Fellow nominee Corinne Rathie said she thoroughly enjoyed working as a banking and finance lawyer and was pleased to see young lawyers recognised through these awards.
“I remember my university days fondly. My studies provided a solid foundation for my legal career.”
TC Beirne School of Law Academic Dean Professor Sarah Derrington said the students were a credit to the school’s teaching.
“These students are perfect examples of the depth and breadth of learning at TC Beirne. I congratulate them on their nomination,” Professor Derrington said.
The third annual awards will be presented in Sydney on 5 June.
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