What did you study at university?
I studied a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) and a Bachelor of Laws at the Australian National University in Canberra.
What made you interested in commercial law?
My interest in commercial law stemmed from my love of problem-solving and understanding people.
Whether you are in the transactional or litigious space, being a commercial lawyer is all about understanding your client and their goals. This requires you to be a bit creative and use both your technical abilities and your emotional intelligence.
Tell us about your experience so far at Clayton Utz (including what your role is)?
I am a first-year lawyer about to complete my second of three rotations as part of the Graduate Program at Clayton Utz. I am currently in the Commercial Litigation (Class Actions & Product Liability) team and previously rotated through the Corporate, M&A and Capital Markets team.
Working in both a litigious and a transactional practice group has presented me with opportunities to work on a wide variety of matters.
During my Corporate rotation I assisted by:
During my Commercial Litigation rotation, I was assisted by:
What's one thing you love about your job?
The aspect of my job I love the most is the teamwork it involves. Each matter often requires input from various practice groups, meaning you are always working with and learning from different people. As a junior lawyer, this experience is invaluable and something I treasure greatly.
What is the limitation of your job?
Transitioning from university life to full-time work was difficult. You go from having a lifestyle where you can dictate your own schedule to relinquishing a lot of that control.
Being a lawyer is not always your typical 9.00 am to 5.00 pm job, so you may have to sometimes manage demanding workloads. In saying that, the busiest periods of my career have also been the ones in which I have learned the most.
Three pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...
My three pieces of advice would be: