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Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to announce that Ms Miriam D’Souza is the 2017 recipient of the firm’s Kathryn Everett Leadership Fellowship for Women.

The award was created in recognition of Ms Everett, a senior intellectual property partner, who sadly passed away in June 2013. The Fellowship is one of the ways the firm recognises Ms Everett’s unique contribution to Herbert Smith Freehills and its people. Her leadership roles and passions included leading the firm’s diversity initiatives, her strong support of the firm’s pro bono program and the intellectual property profession itself.

Sue Gilchrist, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Regional Managing Partner, Asia and Australia said, “Miriam is an excellent recipient of the Fellowship. Miriam displays natural leadership qualities including optimism, a growth mindset, creativity in facing diversity issues, and a clear vision for the future.

“The firm is delighted to support strong, talented and dedicated women through initiatives such as this fellowship. Miriam plans to use the Fellowship to undertake Harvard’s High Potentials Leadership Program in Boston.

“I am certain that the lessons she will learn and the growth she experiences through the Harvard program will not only be enormously beneficial for her and her career, but also her colleagues and the firm well into the future.”

Miriam has worked at the firm since 2002 and was a Senior Associate for 8 years before recently being promoted to Executive Counsel. Working closely with partner Melanie Cave, she currently manages a demanding transactional role as an executive counsel working on a part-time basis from the firm’s Perth office.