17 episodes

Graduating from an LLB (or any other degree for that matter) doesn't come with a manual on how to reach the heights of professional success. Instead we often look to those around us in the hope their experiences and failings will help us negotiate some of the most pivotal moments in our careers.

Welcome to Friends in Law. A podcast about lawyers, for lawyers. Join Alex Correa and her friends in law as they share their very candid and personal stories about why they do what they do and how they've found their own way to thrive, in and outside of lawyering.

Find other episodes here and if you enjoyed, don't forget to subscribe and share with your friends in law.  

Friends In Law Podcast Alex Correa

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Graduating from an LLB (or any other degree for that matter) doesn't come with a manual on how to reach the heights of professional success. Instead we often look to those around us in the hope their experiences and failings will help us negotiate some of the most pivotal moments in our careers.

Welcome to Friends in Law. A podcast about lawyers, for lawyers. Join Alex Correa and her friends in law as they share their very candid and personal stories about why they do what they do and how they've found their own way to thrive, in and outside of lawyering.

Find other episodes here and if you enjoyed, don't forget to subscribe and share with your friends in law.  

    Being Alive to the Conversation with Bill Ash

    Being Alive to the Conversation with Bill Ash

    Having a conversation with someone who’s literally written the book on conversations should be daunting, shouldn’t it?
    Bill Ash’s professional experience is nothing short of impressive, from globetrotting corporate lawyer to highly respected counsellor/coach and now author of “Redesigning Conversations - A Guide to Communicating Effectively in the Family, Workplace and Society.”
    But what’s truly impressive is Bill’s own mood contagion - one of generosity, observation and insight. 
    In this episode of Friends in Law, Bill Ash shares some of his own work and life experience, his thoughts on leadership and seniority and navigating personal and professional relationships.
     He chalks it all up to “taking notice”.
    “When I look back on my career, the important things have been the relationships I’ve had in that career - you know I’ve done this, that and the other projects but it’s the relationships (that are important).” 
    “I’ve been very lucky with the leaders I’ve had, they’ve probably never been to a leadership course in their life but they’re fabulous leaders because they’re human, experienced and relational.”
    “I just encourage everyone to make those requests .. senior people love to be asked.”
    TOPICS
    Leadership  In-house lawyers  Alternative careers Effective communication for life, work, and family    Enjoyed the podcast? Share and Enjoy!  Please don't forget to leave a rating via Apple Podcasts Never miss a drop by subscribing on Apple Podcasts or Spotify If you want to talk about your career in law reach out to us here   Or why not connect with Alex on LinkedIn    Credits Host: Alex Correa - Career Coach in Law
    Brought to you by Alex Correa Executive  
    With thanks to our guest : Bill Ash
    Friends in Law is edited and engineered by Cold Ghost (aka Fletcher Babb)  Produced by Bern Young 

    • 30 min
    Kara Cook, The Little Engine That Would

    Kara Cook, The Little Engine That Would

    How many times have you said or heard, everything happens for a reason?
    When Kara Cook was a Judge’s associate, sitting through highly detailed cases before the Planning and Environment court, she couldn’t have foreseen that one day she’d be part of making the very decisions developers appeal.
    At that time, early in her legal career, she was more concerned about matters of social justice like domestic violence and fair representation for women who’d lost their power and their voice.
    Now a Brisbane City Councillor, Kara Cook’s path to politics was not via the well-worn journey of student politics or volunteers and advisors, which is one reason she wasn’t ready for the brutality.
    But as you’ll hear, her legal career readied her for the fight.
    “I constantly remind people around me that the political environment is not the real world and how people behave and act in that environment is not what would happen in a regular organisation.”
    “You can be empathetic and still be a good leader.”
    “I was never the smartest kid in the class but my husband jokes to me, that I’m like the little engine that could.”
     
    TOPICS
    Women in politics  Alternative careers in the law Agents of change  Social Justice  Enjoyed the podcast? Share and Enjoy!  Please don't forget to leave a rating via Apple Podcasts Never miss a drop by subscribing on Apple Podcasts or Spotify If you want to talk about your career in law reach out to us here   Or why not connect with Alex on LinkedIn    Credits Host: Alex Correa - Career Coach in Law
    Brought to you by Alex Correa Executive  
    With thanks to our guest : Kara Cook
    Friends in Law is edited and engineered by Cold Ghost (aka Fletcher Babb)  Produced by Bern Young 

    • 36 min
    Ann-Maree David - The Great Resignation...or the Great Realignment

    Ann-Maree David - The Great Resignation...or the Great Realignment

    Philosopher John Dewey said, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” For Ann-Maree David, who once imagined she’d be a teacher, studying law is how she discovered her outlet to educate.
    The 2018 Agnes McWhinney Award winner is Executive Director at The College of Law where she has dedicated the past two decades to other lawyers’ career paths.
    From the danger of perfectionism, to the nuances of networking, Ann-Maree tells Alex Correa about her own non-traditional legal career, her drive to boost equality and how the current generation simply won’t follow the mistakes of the past.
    “We can actually be humans at work, that’s a big lesson for people to learn and if you’ve been a career lawyer for 30-50 years that’s not something you’re going to give up readily because it’s what you know.”
    “That armour still exists .. We’ve seen a lot of people leave the profession over the last few decades because they couldn’t maintain that armour, it was too heavy.”
    “We can be very good at our jobs but we can also accept that we are fallible humans.”
    TOPICS
    Career alignment through values and purpose          Perfectionism in the workplace and the shift toward being our authentic selves     Cultivating the next generation of legal talent Diversity & Inclusion Alternative careers in law  Enjoyed the podcast? Share and Enjoy!  Please don't forget to leave a rating via Apple Podcasts Never miss a drop by subscribing on Apple Podcasts or Spotify If you want to talk about your career in law reach out to us here   Or why not connect with Alex on LinkedIn    Credits Host: Alex Correa - Career Coach in Law
    Brought to you by Alex Correa Executive  
    With thanks to our guest : Ann-Maree David
    Friends in Law is edited and engineered by Cold Ghost (aka Fletcher Babb)  Produced by Bern Young 

    • 30 min
    Slowing Down, Speaking up and “Playing in Ports" with Suzy Cairney.

    Slowing Down, Speaking up and “Playing in Ports" with Suzy Cairney.

    Suzy Cairney has seen a lot of shipping containers in her time but the most memorable one was in the foyer of a French shipping agency, transformed into a giant shark tank.
    “That was brilliant advertising, you knew exactly what you were getting into when you negotiated with those guys.”
    The former European Legal Counsel for the Port of Singapore, has worked in several in-house roles in Australia and overseas and is now a partner at Sparke Helmore in Brisbane.
    She speaks to Alex Correa about the family priorities which saw her choose Australia over her homeland Scotland, how helping build something is better than endless litigation and why her eyes light up when she talks about supply chains!
    Suzy also details the diagnosis which changed her approach without ever changing her attitude.
    “I would not suggest that cancer was something anybody wants .. however, I'm actually quite grateful for the experience.”
    “You do mature, maybe grow into yourself a little bit and I really think that changing perspective is something that has been a surprise for me.”
    TOPICS
    Working in-house for multi-national companies  Practicing law in Europe, Asia, and Australia     Life as a law firm partner         Women in engineering and construction   Maintaining wellness while practicing law Enjoyed the podcast? Share and Enjoy!  Please don't forget to leave a rating via Apple Podcasts Never miss a drop by subscribing on Apple Podcasts or Spotify If you want to talk about your career in law reach out to us here   Or why not connect with Alex on LinkedIn    Credits Host: Alex Correa - Career Coach in Law
    Brought to you by Alex Correa Executive  
    With thanks to our guest : Suzy Cairney
    Friends in Law is edited and engineered by Cold Ghost (aka Fletcher Babb)  Produced by Bern Young 

    • 32 min
    Helen Kay - The Rise and Rise of the Boutique Law Firm

    Helen Kay - The Rise and Rise of the Boutique Law Firm

    “You don't have to do things the way people have done them for 50 to 100 years."
    “We’ve got legal rules that confine us, but we don't have to be confined with the way in which we deliver those legal services.”
    And with that, Helen Kay set out to create a very different law firm from the ground up.
    The Managing Director of Rise Legal shares her journey from the UK to Australia, starting in one of the biggest firms and eventually working for herself as a sole-trader, only to find that what she needed, and wanted, was somewhere in between.
    “It started as a niggle and that niggle was, don't like the mahogany desks, I don't like hourly rate billing, I don't like this part of it.”
    “I had a goal in mind and I needed to build a network of people who I knew, liked and trusted and who were going to know, like and trust me, ready for when I wanted to start my own law firm and I knew it was going to look different this time.”
    “So I didn't say no to anything. That was a sort of taboo word .. even if I was exhausted, even if I had four other things on that week, I never said no.”
    TOPICS
        Goalsetting and the business of law      From big law to the evolution of new law     Entrepreneurship, networking and building a profile      Client service and KPI's - a new measure of success!    Enjoyed the podcast? Share and Enjoy!  Please don't forget to leave a rating via Apple Podcasts Never miss a drop by subscribing on Apple Podcasts or Spotify If you want to talk about your career in law reach out to us here   Or why not connect with Alex on LinkedIn    Credits Host: Alex Correa - Career Coach in Law
    Brought to you by Alex Correa Executive  
    With thanks to our guest : Helen Kay
    Friends in Law is edited and engineered by Cold Ghost (aka Fletcher Babb)  Produced by Bern Young 

    • 33 min
    Alister Fitzgerald’s Field of Dreams - Using Technology to Improve the Legal Load

    Alister Fitzgerald’s Field of Dreams - Using Technology to Improve the Legal Load

    Do you remember when lawyers didn’t even have computers at their desks?
    The opportunity for robotics and automation and how that will impact the future of work is an issue across all industries, including the law.
    Alister Fitzgerald, CEO and founder of Field, is at the forefront, providing a digital platform that is already reshaping legal work within the property industry.
    But can technology reduce the all-consuming nature of being a lawyer and make for a more sustainable, enjoyable career? 
    Quotes
    “I'm very interested in technology and how it can change the way things operate for the better. I'm a systems person, and not in the sense necessarily of the micro level, but I like things that should connect to work better.”
    “I don’t think everyone needs to know how to be an expert software developer but the threshold to learn to do some simple coding isn't that high. And I think they're probably skills that are useful, if only to have an understanding and empathy for people who are going to be very relevant in the profession.”
    “(By 2050) I can't imagine lawyers doing what lawyers do now .. but I would hope that the thinking and the intellect and the morality of the processes that find themselves into software are directed by people with similar intelligence and application in the legal profession as they do now.”
    TOPICS
        The Future of Law and automation      Legal tech, client delivery, and career fulfillment      Partnership, big law, and life outside of private practice     Lawyers who are entrepreneurs         Enjoyed the podcast? Share and Enjoy!  Please don't forget to leave a rating via Apple Podcasts Never miss a drop by subscribing on Apple Podcasts or Spotify If you want to talk about your career in law reach out to us here   Or why not connect with Alex on LinkedIn    Credits Host: Alex Correa - Career Coach in Law
    Brought to you by Alex Correa Executive  
    With thanks to our guest : Alister Fitzgerald
    Friends in Law is edited and engineered by Cold Ghost (aka Fletcher Babb)  Produced by Bern Young 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Jenbooch ,

An excellent podcast

Having had access to a number of these episodes, I can safely say this podcast is amazing.

It tells human stories, with grace, honesty and humour. You don’t need to be a lawyer to feel and understand the themes of the episodes.

Well done Alex, a wonderful production!