Every week we ask a law firm partner a series of rapid-fire questions about their career. This week: Holding Redlich's Jeremy Loeliger.
Which firm are you with?
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?
What practice group are you with?
Corporate and commercial – Melbourne
What has been the most significant change to your practice area during your career?
I am a general corporate and commercial lawyer – I work in transport, agribusiness and infrastructure – but my primary focus in recent years has been in the energy and resources sector and it is in that area that I have noticed the greatest change.
The resources boom seems to have brought with it a burning need to specialise to an extent not really seen as necessary or desirable as recently as a decade ago. It is an inherent and inevitable feature of an expanding legal market – that increased demand for certain skills will result in an increase in the number of people willing to specialise to provide those skills.
But if you’re not careful, specialising to such an extent may come at the expense of the variability of work that many people enjoy, and that allows you to keep learning and developing as a lawyer.
What has been a major career highlight for you?
Becoming a partner at Holding Redlich. I was honoured to be welcomed by the partnership of a firm with an incredible legacy, an honest work ethic and an ambitious outlook for the future.
What do you like about being a lawyer?
I appreciate that my legal career has presented me with many opportunities to meet, and surround myself with, extremely intelligent, talented and interesting people from all walks of life.
What do you find challenging?
Switching off. Once you are so deeply engrossed in what you happen to be doing at work, it can be a challenge to go home and productively turn your mind to other important things without work niggling away in the background.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I love to spend as much time as I can with my wife and playing with my two young sons. The youngest is too young to understand where I go each day. The eldest, at two and a half, knows that I’m a lawyer but insists that I work at the bank.