We are pleased to announce that Michelle Taylor, Partner, has been recognised in the 2023 Australasian Lawyer Elite Women report.
As the leader of Sparke Helmore’s Maritime and Transport practice, Michelle is an internationally recognised maritime lawyer with 28 years’ experience providing strategic advice across all areas of maritime and transport law.
Her distinguished achievements include:
- being appointed to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority board, where she has contributed to shaping government policy regarding domestic operations, accession to international maritime treaties and dealing with current maritime incidents abroad
- serving as the president of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
- being a founding member of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association in Queensland, which focuses on increasing female representation in the traditionally male-dominated shipping industry
Michelle also learned a lesson early on: never underestimate the importance of seeking out a mentor.
“A career in law has stress and challenges, so find someone who can champion you through any challenges you face. I’ve been encouraged by incredible, inspiring women in the profession, and I don’t think I’d be where I am today without that support,” she says.
Michelle’s achievements and contributions culminated in her appointment to the Sparke Helmore Board in late 2022, enabling her to directly contribute to the strategic leadership of the firm.
Congratulations Michelle on this outstanding achievement!