Publish date: 06 October 2022
Jemma Barnard and Rachel Last

Congratulations to our senior associate Rachel Last and associate Jemma Barnard, who were named as two of just ten national finalists for the highly coveted Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards in the Rising Star of the Year category.

The Women in Law Awards are considered the gold standard for excellence and were created to provide a platform for women in the legal industry to highlight their accomplishments, be nationally recognised for their outstanding hard work and showcase role models for future female leaders in law to aspire to.

Rachel and Jemma’s nominations showcase the quality of expertise coming out of the Sunshine Coast legal fraternity. To have two of our young lawyers reach the finalist stage in this national award is an incredible achievement and is a reflection of what both Rachel and Jemma bring to the legal profession with their dedication and enthusiasm.

“They are two of the most impressive young lawyers that I’ve had the privilege of working with, possessing not just the attributes of being values driven, hardworking, conscientious and intelligent but also being wise beyond their years, allowing them to truly achieve the best outcome for their clients.”

Travis Schultz

The TSP team are very proud of everything the duo has achieved in their respective careers, and we are privileged to work side-by-side with them as they continue to sharpen their skills with each matter.

Rachel said making the finalist list alongside a cohort of exceptionally talented and passionate lawyers, including her colleague Jemma, was a great honour.

Rachel joined the TSP team from a commercial law background, but after less than three years with the firm honed in on her personal injury law skills to the point where she can now be found leading a small team to manage 80 matters of her own.

Meanwhile, at just 25 years of age, Jemma’s promotion to the position of associate in 2021 was fast-tracked and occurred just ten months after her admission. 

Under the support and guidance of Travis Schultz and Tim McClymont, Jemma gained tremendous experience through handling a diverse caseload across all three areas of compensation law. 

The finalist list features more than 286 high-achieving professionals within the legal industry, across 31 submission-based categories.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a black-tie dinner on Thursday, 24 November, at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.

For more information about the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards visit

Kelly Phelps
Kelly Phelps
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