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Biznet Breakfast - Elizabeth Lacey
Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Lacey “No Client Left Behind” Founder, Lacey & Co.
Non Members: $35.00
A passion for human rights and a desire for social justice were the fuel for Elizabeth’s arts and law degrees, and after 20 years of practice, that focus remains and is channeled through her work as founder of Lacey & Co.
Elizabeth began her career working on death row cases in the US, before moving to an advisory role with commercial and government clients in some of Australia’s leading commercial law firms, including Minter Ellison. There, together with Charandev, she acted for the family of Mohammed Saleh in Australia’s first inquest into the death of asylum seeker.
Following this, Elizabeth left city law firms for the spectacularly remote Miriuwing Gajerrong country in the Kimberley. There she acted for the Miriuwing Gajerrong peoples and worked with Patrick Dodson to negotiate an outcome by consent after their native title application (the first lodged after Mabo) had previously been heard by 11 judges, including the High Court, without resolution. Inevitably leaving a chunk of her heart in Miruiwung Gajerrong country, Elizabeth moved to the Federal Court in Melbourne, where she worked as Associate to Justice Tony North and a Registrar of the Court.
Her belief that there is a necessary balance between doing what needs to be done in order to do good and throwing new ideas into the mix, is supported by the in-trays on Elizabeth’s desk: 1. “Our (burgeoning) pro-bono practice”; 2. “Latest nutcase ideas”; and 3. “No Client Left Behind”. This is the culture Elizabeth fosters in all who work with her at Lacey & Co. leading to passionate productivity, freedom for ideas to grow and a safe space to challenge and be challenged.
From the scientific integrity work which brings large-scale fraud into the public eye, to the provision of tools, advice, strategy and foundations that make her client’s workplaces safer and more productive, Elizabeth’s work, along with the village she’s founded at Lacey & Co, offers a team of experts who are relentless in compassion and unparalleled in IQ and EQ.
Integrity, fierce heart, intellectual and emotional rigour are the touchstones for Elizabeth’s life and work, coupled with her genuine attempts to be hilarious. Frankly, the funniest quips are delivered by her beautiful children, who are her pride and joy.
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