Looking to embark on a career in corporate law? We know it can be hard to differentiate one firm from another, particularly when everyone says they 'do great work with great people'. But what does that mean? Allens Confidential aims to answer that question. Produced by two Allens grads, Geneva Sekula and Roseanna Bricknell, this podcast gives you real insight into what it's like to work at Allens. Got questions about working here? Visit allens.com.au/careers or email email@example.com
Mistakes, memories and milestones: the Allens grad experience
In this episode, Tahlia and Mel talk to two recent grads (including a former Allens Confidential host) about their experience as junior lawyers in the firm. They cover everything from:
Rotations: how they're structured and how to nominate your preferences;
Training and development opportunities;
The LSA (Legal Services Award);
Allens' non-silo approach; and
Embarrassing stories / confessions (there are some doozies).
If you've ever wondered what to expect from your first year as a lawyer in a big firm, this episode has you covered.
Everyone belongs: Cultural diversity and awareness
Beyond Allens: two alumni share their experiences
Allens alumni can be found the world over, working in a remarkable array of roles and industries.
In this episode, Caitlin and Will chat to two former lawyers - Jacqui Purcell and Nick Sinclair - who've both returned to Australia after stints in New York. 'Allens definitely punches above its weight on the global stage' says Nick, who's now the Senior Business Affairs and Legal Executive at Freemantle Media.
Jacqui agrees. After working for one of the major investment firms in New York, she's now an Investment Team member at TDM Growth Partners and says the training Allens gave her on everything from clear and concise communication through to commercial strategy was second to none and has served her well ever since.
Together, they share their memories of life at the firm, talk about how they've applied their Allens training in their subsequent careers and speak about the deep, lifelong connections they made while here.
[This episode was recorded in December 2021]
Disputes, investigations and making mistakes
Contrary to popular opinion, litigation isn't just well-crafted legal arguments and courtroom drama. According to Partner Ross Drinnan, disputes are 'fundamentally about human relationships and helping human interactions that have gone wrong to be put right'.
In this episode, Ross joins Senior Associate and co-creator of Allens Confidential, Geneva Sekula, for a candid chat with Caitlin and Will, where they cover everything from early career experiences and mistakes (as well as how to fix them), through to the virtual courtroom and office Cluedo.
For Mental Health Month, we sat down with Allens Consulting Psychologist Greg Prescott to explore some of the mental health and wellbeing challenges faced by lawyers, why the incidence of mental illness is higher in our profession and how to proactively look after yourself and avoid a crisis.
Clerkship season is once again in full swing: a time of great excitement, enormous possibility and (for most of us) nerves. Co-Staff Partner Rosannah Healy and Associate Erin Molony, both from the firm's Competition practice in Melbourne, join Caitlin and Will to discuss how best to prepare for interviews, what to expect in them and why it's not the end of the world if you don't get one. Rosannah, Erin, Caitlin and Will each share their memories of the process (both good and bad), and offer some valuable tips on how best to calm those nerves and present the very best version of yourself.