Natalie Wade

A state where you can be unashamedly yourself, in your success, vision an goals; South Australia embraces diversity and innovation.

Are you SA born and bred, or has it become home more recently? Tell us about why SA is home for you?

I am born and bred in South Australia, I was born in Adelaide but grew up in Port Augusta, in the Far North of South Australia before my family relocated to the Adelaide Hills. I am now a Western-suburbs dweller.

South Australia is home for me because it offers me the opportunity to grow a leading, boutique disability-rights law firm in a busy city environment, but within an hour, I can be in one of our famous wine regions or at a new local café strip.


Where do you spend your time?

During the week, I am bustling about the city; with our office on Currie Street, we are nearby great cafés but also other businesses who we can collaborate with to produce better outcomes for people with disabilities in South Australia. In my spare time, I enjoy Adelaide’s brunch and café scene. I love that we have a range of local eateries that focus on South Australian produce in and around the city. On longer weekends or holidays, my husband and I love to visit the Adelaide Hills or McLaren Vale to try the latest winery or gin distillery.


What do you do and why here?

I am the Founder and Principal Lawyer of Equality Lawyers, a disability-led, disability rights law firm, providing legal services to people with disabilities and their families. We are leading the conversation on the provision of boutique legal services for people with disabilities and their families. While Melbourne or Sydney would have been a more obvious fit to run a prominent disability rights law firm, I chose South Australia because there are unrivalled opportunities to collaborate, have conversations within industry and to work alongside the community. Adelaide offers Equality Lawyers the opportunity to be informed by the disability community because, as a state, we are well-connected, geographically reachable, and innovative.


What are your favourite things to recommend to people new to South Australia?

There is a Linear Trail running through the centre of Adelaide that starts on the coast and takes you through to the heart of the city. It is an amazing way to immerse in nature, without needing to drive a distance. Highly recommend for anyone, especially people in wheelchairs or using mobility aids – it’s really flat and accessible!

Venturing into the Barossa, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is a must. It is quintessentially South Australia in it’s produce and scenery. Allow the better part of the day though and go with an empty belly and empty bags – you’ll come home full!


What is your tip for other locals?

Take time to visit our amazing local cafés and restaurants that are nestled throughout the suburbs and city of Adelaide. One of the best parts of South Australia is our produce and huge small business scene, get out there and support them.


Describe SA in one sentence.

A State where you can be unashamedly yourself, in your success, vision an goals; South Australia embraces diversity and innovation.


What’s the best thing about living here?

You can live 10 minutes from the city in a house with a backyard and still run a nation-leading law firm that changes lives.