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Join us from 7th to 9th November 2024.
Beachside at The Island Gold Coast!

Our 2024 event brings all of the bits you have come to love with a few new twists—

  • A new venue “Hello ‘The Island’ at Surfers Paradise! We are coming to see you in style!’ There had better be sunshine and yes we will be reliving our schoolies youth as we head to Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast!

    Be ready, we have every intention of embracing all of the things that Surfers does best along with a whole lot of retro surf inspired fun with a spot of 80’s Miami Vice styling with the Golden Girls thrown in for good measure!

  • A new speaker line up! (but yes, some of your regular favourites will be back because we think they are always great!)

  • And what we like to call a ‘working theme’…. (I am trying to find a catchy Taylor Swift lyric that works because surely 2024 is the year of the #swiftie and if anyone does business well, it has to be Taylor!) For the moment, we are going with “Ready For It- Doing Legal Business, Better!”

The Most Colourful Event In #LawLand!

But – What Is The Retreat, You Ask?

This immersive 3-day Retreat is built by a boutique law firm leader, for boutique law firm leaders & teams. In our 7th year running, we are thrilled to be bringing you our latest fun-filled, shimmer-drenched, bright-coloured weekend, where you can connect with peers, hear from a line-up of handpicked, industry authorities in law and outside of the profession, and learn how to grow & succeed in your law firm (aka that legal empire of yours!)

This is your chance to surround yourself with like-minded lawyers from across Australia who share your passion for law, fashion, and the drive in Doing Legal Business, Better!

Why Us?

Happy Lawyer Happy Life is not your average law firm coaching business.  Founded by one of the country’s leading family lawyers and the owner of Brisbane Family Law Centre, Happy Lawyer Happy Life is passionate about inspiring and educating talented & passionate lawyers. Our mission is to help you build the crystal-clear strategy you need to grow your business with confidence, through an exciting weekend of aspiration, different thinking and micro tools you can apply to your business IMMEDIATELY.

You Will Learn:

You are about to invest in the most valuable 48 hours of your life. Hear from hand-picked industry experts who will share their insights into:

The 2024 Retreat starts in...


Speaker Line Up For 2024...

Our main goal to inspire, and educate whilst having fun, we would like to invite you to be part of the movement to transform the way we do legal business run in a better way succeeding now and into the future.

About the Organiser— Meet Clarissa Rayward

Clarissa is an accredited specialist family lawyer and the Director of the Brisbane Family Law Centre. She runs Happy Lawyer Happy Life, which promotes wellness within the law industry. Happy Lawyer Happy Life was born from Clarissa’s own experience with managing burnout, and it now has 120 active members – all of whom belong to or own an Australian law firm. Clarissa is a wife, proud mother of two, and self-confessed lover of fine chocolate. She loves dancing and spends much of her free time crafting.

“In August 2022, I received the Agnes McWhinney Award – an honour presented by the Queensland Law Society acknowledging my efforts in making #lawland a happier place and changing the narrative for female lawyers.

“In 2019, I was recognised as the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards Wellness Advocate of the Year, and I was the inaugural winner of the Minds Court Individual Wellness Advocate in Law.

“While I’m immensely proud of my achievements, I’m driven by changing the way lawyers practise law – so we can strive for better work-life balance without suffering from burnout.

“I can’t wait to personally welcome you to The Retreat this coming November – I hope you can be part of this powerful experience!”

Learn more and secure your tickets below...

35 Tickets Available

Just like last year we have an exclusive workshop scheduled for Thursday 7 November. There are only 35 seats for this part of our event and we sold out in 3 days last year so we encourage you to jump in and grab your ticket now if you would like to be a part of the full 3 day event!

This year’s workshop host is Tristan White. Tristan joined us a few years ago and shared his insights into team culture in our businesses. I have brought him back because there is so much we can learn from his business mind! In this exclusive workshop, Tristan will delve even deeper into business culture and, importantly, how to improve our leadership culture – which is where everything in business begins!

The interactive workshop will cover three critical areas to enhance your leadership potential:

  • Lead yourself first;
  • Master the leadership essentials; and
  • Sustain yourself for the long game of leadership.

At the end of the Masterclass, you will have a better understanding of your leadership style, a new set of skills to take your team to the next level, and new tools to avoid burnout and sustain your leadership longevity. 

The 3 Day All Event experience also includes all the other bits of the Retreat we love- access to the Welcome Drinks on Thursday 7th November, Friday and Saturday Retreat conference sessions and your ticket to the Golden Girls Dinner Party on Friday 8th November.

Join the Retreat to start learning more on Doing Legal Business, Better!

Join the 2 Day Conference Retreat experience to receive your access to the Welcome Drinks on Thursday 7th November, Friday and Saturday Retreat conference sessions and your ticket to the Golden Girls Dinner Party on Friday 8th November.

We can only fit so many fabulous law leaders in the room, so don’t delay. Claim your spot TODAY.

This is a one-of-a-kind, HIGH-ENERGY law event in Australia you will NOT forget. Excited yet?

You are capable of so much more than you realise.

Join the Retreat to start learning more on Doing Legal Business, Better!

Kind notes about The Retreat over the past 7 years…

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Dan Bottrell

Director at BMG Family Lawyers

The Retreat in a box!

Gain access to all the #confettilawyer power & knowledge from the Retreat 2023, in box form!
Date : November 7-9, 2024
Location: The Island Gold Coast

3 Day All Event Access

[Early Bird Members] $1,597 $1,797
[Early Bird] $1,797 $1,997

2 Day Conference Access

[Early Bird Members] $1,197 $1,397
[Early Bird] $1,397 $1,597 ​

*Hurry! Take advantage of our special early bird offer, available until 30 June. Secure your spot now and save! Please note that member tickets are only available to Club members, you can join to access here