Which firm are you with?
When did you join that firm?
I joined Gadens as a partner in early February 2013.
Which firm were you at most recently prior to this?
Most recently, I was the senior legal advisor to the Premier of Victoria. Prior to advising the premier, I had been a member of the Victorian Bar and an articled clerk and lawyer at Minter Ellison.
What practice group are you with?
I am a partner in our litigation group, practising both in commercial litigation and regulatory law. My litigation practice involves disputes relating to property, valuations, securities, managed investment schemes, directors’ duties and taxation matters. My regulatory work involves acting for individuals and entities appearing before various integrity bodies, boards of inquiry and royal commissions, as well as advising local and state governments on a range of matters.
What has been the most significant change to your practice area during your career?
The use of technology in the law has changed the way in which we operate on a day-to-day basis, and allowed us to respond to our clients in a more time effective way. Technology has changed the way in which large trials are conducted both inside and outside the courtroom, such as in the discovery of documents process.
What has been a major career highlight for you?
Being privileged to act for and work with a diverse range of high-profile entities and individuals, including a premier, a pre-eminent Queen’s Counsel and various listed entities and high net-worth persons.
What do you like about being a lawyer?
Fundamentally, I enjoy the intellectual challenge of being a lawyer and the application of the law in a practical context, whether it is in commerce or government. There is nothing more enjoyable than deducing a complex legal issue and providing a succinct, practical solution to a client.
What do you find challenging?
Juggling it all so that the balls remain in the air!
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Running after my children, following the fortunes of the Collingwood Football Club and enjoying a glass of wine.