Orla Murray to Judge the 5th Annual International Lawyers’ Photography Competition

Meet our Judge


The 5th Annual International Lawyers’ Photography Competition

I am delighted to announce that professional photographer Orla Murray will judge our 5th Annual International Lawyers’ Photography Competition.

We had a massive number of entries this year from lawyers in London, Dublin, Paris, Rome, Jersey, Doha, Israel, Singapore, Brisbane, The BVI, Washington D.C, Seattle and New York.

The theme for our 2020 international competition is travel.

About Orla Murray

Orla’s career spans 21 years and has seen her work as a photographer with corporates, semi-states, start-ups, charities and government departments. Affable yet highly-professional, she is well known for being able to put her subjects — no matter how high-profile — at ease with her friendly demeanour. Orla established her own business in 2007, merging with photographer Shane O’Neill in 2016.

In 2020 they co-founded Coalesce, a company that brings groups of smaller creative businesses together to collaborate on photography, videography and graphic design projects and larger contracts. Orla’s areas of expertise include press and public relations, corporate, portrait and conference/event photography.

The winner will be announced on..

Friday 11 September.

Top Prize:

A fabulous 2 night stay in the luxury boutique hotel, Vivenda Miranda perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean in the Algarve, Portugal.  Dinner for 2 on one evening is also included.  (Flights not included!).

Luxury boutique hotel, Vivenda Miranda, the Algarve, Portugal

Video:  Boutique Luxury Hotel, Vivenda Miranda

I’m a big fan of Vivenda Miranda and took this video on my iPhone at the hotel a few years ago.

Telegraph Review of Vivenda Miranda

The Telegraph had this to say about Vivenda Miranda in an article entitled “The top 5 beach holidays in Portugal for 2017”.

“The sweeping sands of Porto de Mos are overlooked by dramatic multicoloured cliffs, which, further along the coast, harbour hidden caverns and pretty archways. This is why the Algave is such a coveted holiday destination.

Ochre-coloured Vivenda Miranda, once a private home, is perched atop the cliffs and is a spectacular spot to while away lazy days. Its 26 rooms offer wonderful sea views, while its verdant garden, studded as it is with palm trees, juts out to cliff edge and overlooks the golden sands below.

It’s all about pandering to pleasure here; Neal’s Yard has just opened its first overseas spa at the hotel, while the kitchen serves delicious dishes that make good use of local produce. The path down to the beach, which wends past the swimming pool, is the gateway to some great walks.”

Some Entries in This Year’s Competition

Professor Ira P. Robbins

American University

Washington College of Law

Washington D.C.

Photo from Beatriz Araujo


Baker McKenzie


Jennifer Halpin


McCann FitzGerald


Ron Belkine

General Counsel



Andrew Taylor


Corporate Advisory and Intellectual Property, McCarthy Durie Lawyers

Brisbane, Australia

Chris Fowler

General Counsel Technology

BT Group plc


Molly McQueen

Senior Vice President

Clearwater Capital Partners


Arthur Artinian


K&L Gates


Joanne Robertson

Associate Director



Amy Neuberger


The Pokémon Company International, Inc.

Seattle, USA

Photo from Elena Iuga


Crowley, Hoge & Fein P.C.

Washington DC

Rahul Kumar

Managing Partner

International Law Chambers LLC

Doha, Qatar

One of our Previous Winners:

Daniel McDonnell, Legal Counsel at Intesa Sanpaolo in London

Daniel’s photo was taken in Killarney, Ireland. Our professional photographer that judged the competition said:

“A very nice composition indeed with the branches framing the top and nice highlights and shadows in background. 
The square crop works well and the red boat, perfectly placed, draw the eye around the scene perfectly. 
Well done.”


The Lawyers’ BD CLUB

Established by Colin Carroll in London in 2011

Since 2011, 100 + TED-style Talks  |  GC Summits  |  The GC Dining Club

Our Talks & Summits have taken place in:

London   |   Dublin   |   Paris   |   Dubai   |   Boston   |   New York   |   San Francisco

Colin Carroll worked as a lawyer in the City of London

Colin also worked as a lawyer with two of Ireland’s leading corporate law firms – Arthur Cox & McCann FitzGerald.  He is now a Legal Headhunter with EMPOWERMENT in Dublin.

Previous guest speakers include:

The Chairman of Goldman Sachs International

The Deputy Global Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi

The CEO of Hogan Lovelies

The CEO of Facebook (Ireland)

The CEO of the British Council

The CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi (MENA)

The CEO of O2 (UK)

The Global GC of MetLife

The Global GC of Diageo plc

The Global GC of Pearson plc

The Global GC of NetApp

The Global GC of BT plc

Some of our previous international law firm sponsors / hosts of our TED-Style Talks & General Counsel Summits:

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Clifford Chance

Herbert Smith Freehills


Norton Rose Fulbright

Hogan Lovells


Morgan Lewis

Reed Smith

White & Case

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