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Partner Profile: Lisa-Marie McKechnie

Partner Profile: Lisa-Marie McKechnie

Every week we ask a law firm partner a series of rapid-fire questions about their career. This week: Mills Oakley's Lisa-Marie McKechnie.

Which firm are you with?

Mills Oakley Lawyers.

When did you join that firm?

4 August 2010.

When were you made a partner of that firm?

4 August 2010.

Which firm were you at most recently prior to this?

I was at Minter Ellison for just under five years prior to joining Mills Oakley.

What practice group are you with?

I am the Sydney financial services partner. Our practice covers a number of areas including superannuation, life insurance, managed investments, financial planning and regulatory work for financial institutions.

What has been the most significant change to your practice area during your career?

I am originally from Melbourne and started my legal career in general insurance litigation. I moved into financial services 14 years ago and have not looked back. Moving to Sydney 10 years ago has enabled me to build my Sydney-based clientele but still retain my Melbourne clients.

What has been a major career highlight for you?

Joining Mills Oakley has been a major career highlight for me. I was made up as the first female partner in the Sydney office, having previously been a senior associate at Minters. The move to Mills Oakley has enabled me to focus on my clients and grow my team in a manner consistent with the firm’s strategy – to be a law firm known only for its outstanding legal expertise and client service.

What do you like about being a lawyer?

I enjoy the intellectual challenge of working in a practice area that is technical and ever-changing. I also really enjoy working with young, talented lawyers and seeing them flourish and develop under my supervision.

What do you find challenging?

Finding the right balance of work and life is a constant challenge but one which I relish. With two small children and a busy practice, this can take some effort. Fortunately, Mills Oakley’s partners, CEO and staff are all committed to putting the firm’s ethos of ensuring the right work-life balance into practice, which makes this easier.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I love doing anything outdoors with the kids. Managing my son’s soccer team is always a highlight of the weekend in season. Watching live theatre is also something I love.

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