We ask a law firm partner a series of rapid-fire questions about their career. This time: Leanne Walker from CBP Lawyers.
Which firm are you with?
When did you join the firm?
7 July 2010.
When were you made a partner of that firm?
1 July 2011.
Which firm were you at most recently?
Before joining CBP, I was a partner at Watkins Tapsell Solicitors.
What practice group are you with?
I am a partner in our Commercial and Dispute Resolution Group based in Sydney, with a general litigation practice focussing on property and insolvency work. My property practice involves acting for clients in the private and public sector including local councils, developers and licensed conveyancers in respect of complex property issues and disputes. I regularly represent these clients in disputes involving access, encroachments, caveats and rights under contracts for sale of land (including specific performance). My insolvency practice involves acting for liquidators, trustees, receivers and administrators, particularly in property and leasing disputes.
What has been the most significant change to your practice area during your career?
In recent years there has been an increase in insolvency issues arising in the context of general litigation disputes. In my experience, it is now rare to run any litigation without a question arising as to a party’s solvency or possible insolvency and the consequences which flow from that event. In the property space I now see regular disputes as to what contractual rights arise in the event of insolvency of either a vendor or purchaser.
What has been a major career highlight for you?
Running a special leave application before their Honours French CJ, Gummow J and Heydon JJ, and, of course, becoming a partner.
What do you find challenging?
Running a successful practice representing a diverse range of clients, whilst also being a mother of two small children.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Good food, good wine and spending time with family.