Gender Equality In The Workplace


In 2016, the NSW Law Society calculated that women make up 50% of solicitors in the state. Women are strongly represented in the lower age brackets and total 60% of solicitors in NSW below age 45. Despite this, gender inequality continues to be a problem that affects the higher level of the legal profession.

In this edition of Salvos Legal CLE/CPD for Lawyers, join Salvos Legal Humanitarian’s Amelia Weidner as she sits down with Emma Hodgman, Senior Partner of DibbsBarker, to discuss the important issue of gender equality in the workplace. As the current Chair of the DibbsBarker Board, Emma Hodgman offers practical insights and tips on how positive leadership can help bring about gender equality in law firms.

Learning outcomes:

  • Find out what key challenges stand in the way of gender equality, and women progressing in law
  • Learn practical leadership strategies and initiatives that can be used to effect positive change in the legal workplace


Professional Background

Emma Hodgman is Partner at DibbsBarker, where she specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution with a focus on the banking and property industries.

Emma joined DibbsBarker in 1995 and was promoted to Partner in 2001. Emma has held various leadership roles at DibbsBarker over the years and is currently serving as Chair of the Board, a position to which she was elected in October 2016. Emma is also a passionate member of DibbsBarker’s community involvement program, DibbsREACH, and an enthusiastic mentor to young lawyers. In 2017 Emma was a finalist for ‘Mentor of the Year’ in both the Lawyers Weekly Women In Law Awards and the NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards.

Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts/Laws from the University of Tasmania and a Masters in Management & Law, which she completed at the University of New South Wales and the Australian Graduate School of Management.


Emma has over 20 years’ experience representing clients in a broad range of commercial contractual disputes, property and leasing disputes, misleading and deceptive conduct and unconscionable conduct claims. She has acted in a major ICAC inquiry and is experienced in dealing with various regulatory bodies including ASIC. She is actively engaged in both formal and informal alternative dispute resolution on behalf of her clients. Emma has been accredited as mediator with LEADR and is a professional member of the Resolution Institute. She is also a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and the Women’s Insolvency Network Australia.

* CLE/CPD schemes are based upon self-assessment of an educational activity. In order to count an educational activity towards mandatory CLE/CPD requirements a legal practitioner must determine for themselves that the activity extends their knowledge and skills in areas relevant to their practise or professional development. If you are in WA, please note we are not a WA Law Society accredited CPD/CLE provider and an audio session will not count towards your points.