July Cover – Anna Cruckshank from Aubrey Brown Lawyers

A trailblazer for women in law and leadership

According to the Law Society of NSW women outnumbered men in the Australian legal profession for the first time in 2016. However women still hold far fewer senior leadership positions. In fact, recent research found that women make up only around eighteen per cent of equity partners, despite being equally represented at senior associate level. As Managing Director of Central Coast law firm, Aubrey Brown Lawyers, Anna Cruckshank not only represents the minority of female directors in the Australian law profession, she was also the unanimous choice to lead the firm at the age of just 37. A trailblazer right from the start, Anna is a role model for aspiring female lawyers and any business leader with a vision to do things differently for the benefit of clients, staff and their profession/industry.

Aubrey Brown Lawyers has always had a strong presence on the northern end of the Central Coast. However, Anna has just announced a strategic acquisition of an Erina legal practice, which will see the firm also have a presence in Erina from July and therefore greater accessibility for businesses and individuals located at the southern end of the region.
The strategy will see Aubrey Brown’s current headcount of 45 increase to 50 with further growth planned before the end of the year. Existing lawyers will also commence a specialist accreditation process from next year. “Our goal is to be the number one law firm on the Central Coast and these strategies are aligned with that goal,” said Anna.