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.
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Helen Kay - The Rise and Rise of the Boutique Law Firm
If NewLaw is defined by how work is won, done and run, then Helen Kay’s boutique firm is carrying the torch. “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.” The Managing Director of Rise Legal shares her journey from the UK to Australia, from Big Law to sole trader and the place she’s built for herself somewhere in between.
Alister Fitzgerald’s Field of Dreams - Using Technology to Improve the Legal Load
Alister Fitzgerald can remember a time when lawyers didn’t even have computers at their desks! The CEO and Founder of Field believes lawyers of the future won’t necessarily be software experts but digital platforms will change the tasks they do and how they do them. But can technology reduce the all-consuming nature of legal work and make for a more sustainable, enjoyable career? “I'm very interested in technology and how it can change the way things operate for the better.”
Life’s a stage for Antonia Mercorella, the CEO who’s still “such a lawyer!”
Antonia Mercorella turned her back on a legal career to pursue a life on the stage, so how did it all lead to her becoming the first female CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland? “I remember people saying to me, you're mad. And a few times in my career that's happened, where people have judged me and said, ‘What are you doing? You're all over the place.’ Antonia is determined to right the gender imbalance in leadership and thrives on settling the disputes that inevitably brings.
Eager, Reliable, Trustworthy but at What Cost? - Minnie Hannaford
Minnie Hannaford reflects a new generation of lawyers asking if a legal career is sustainable? Working parents know this struggle but the President of the Queensland Law Society’s Future Leaders Committee says early career lawyers want lives outside of work too. “We struggle with knowing how to say that without it being a career limitation, without it sounding like, you’re not committed to the work. We want to have a balanced and joyful life so we can perform at work.”
Peter Smith spent almost half his career denying himself the chance to share who he really was at work.
“You felt like you were living a lie everyday of the week .. it’s quite exhausting.”
“Later when everything had changed, I remember a client for the first time ever said, ‘So what’s your partner Gregory doing?’”
Queensland’s Lawyer of the Year for Insolvency and Reorganisation (Best Lawyers 2020) speaks candidly to Alex Correa about the real leadership required to achieve Diversity
Sarah Frost - A Steady Hand Who Can Turn her Hand to Anything, Just Ask Her Barista!
As a highly skilled commercial litigator and legal consultant for KWM Connexion, Sarah Frost has spent years working from home.
Sarah believes COVID has increased workplace flexibility, improved communication and productivity but firms can’t be entirely run remotely or the baristas of the world might go crazy!
Sarah Frost explains as she looks at the future of work, the pressure to climb the ladder and that old favourite, networking.
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!