Which firm are you with?
HWL Ebsworth Lawyers.
When did you join that firm?
When were you made a partner of that firm?
Which firm were you at most recently before your current firm?
Dibbs Abbott Stillman (now DibbsBarker).
What practice group are you with?
Commercial Litigation (Brisbane).
What has been the most significant change to your practice area during your career?
Probably the volume of increasingly complex claims and the litigation teams and support required to now effectively project manage them. There is also an ever-present client expectation on efficiency and cost consciousness, which requires a substantial amount of administrative and non‑legal focus.
What has been a major career highlight for you?
The opportunity to work on long-running matters requiring instructions from remote locations, such as the wet tropics region in far-north Queensland, Kakadu and Fiji.
What do you like about being a lawyer?
I enjoy my role in working with long-standing clients and their broader business objectives, particularly those clients who are appreciative of the results achieved and reasonable with their expectations on deadlines. There is also personal reward in working with a group of lawyers who contribute to a team culture of respect and cooperation.
What do you find challenging?
The ability to resist distractions and finish tasks prioritised for completion each day.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I particularly enjoy time spent with our daughter, Charlie, especially on weekends while outdoors and at the beach. I am a fairly passionate surfer but will never be considered a threat to those on "the tour". Pretty much I enjoy all kinds of recreational water-based activities from open-water kayaking to short adventures in the tinny and would claim to have a more than passing interest in aviation.