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Partner Profile: Chris Brodrick

Partner Profile: Chris Brodrick

Every week we ask a law firm partner a series of rapid-fire questions about their career. This week: Holding Redlich's Chris Brodrick

Which firm are you with?

Holding Redlich.

When did you join that firm?

2004.

When were you made a partner of that firm?

2009.

Which firm were you at most recently prior to this?

Gadens.

What practice group are you with?

Dispute resolution and litigation, with a particular focus on corporation matters, finance and securities, property and leasing, and corporate insolvency.

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

Perhaps not the most significant change to the practice area generally, but rather the way in which I practice, comes about from an appreciation of the notion that litigation is merely one tool in a range of techniques for the resolution of commercial disputes. We exist in a sophisticated society where, in my view, the majority of commercial relationships can benefit significantly from developing an understanding of the motivations and the range of influences that come to bear on a particular party at a particular time.

Rather than as a default mechanism, litigation in that context should be considered as part of an overall strategy that includes building a deep understanding of the facts, the law, the industry and the features and interests of the parties and the dispute that inform the way they view themselves and each other.

What has been a major career highlight for you?

I have been particularly proud of a number of deals in matters that I’ve run and a couple of notable Supreme and Federal Court matters in the last two or three years. Particularly memorable is a recent multi-party dispute with local and international clients and a major bank. Negotiating an outcome that enhanced relationships and was met with compliments from the court was very satisfying. But my major highlight is seeing confidence and assuredness build in the young lawyers in our team.

What do you like about being a lawyer?

I enjoy the team element. I enjoy the forensic elements of the dispute at hand and the relationships involved. I enjoy the business and management aspects of the firm and I love the times when the clock is off and I’m part of a group of lawyers sitting around talking about legal principles.

What do you find challenging?

With family, friends, work, and a little time for myself, there’s no doubt that managing time is the most challenging aspect for me. Two things help me to stay organised: the first is remembering that I balance my own life — no matter how great and supportive a workplace, no-one’s going to do it for me. The second is a simple piece of advice from my dad: “Hasten slowly mate.”

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Family and friend time, playing guitar, cooking and working out.

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