Which firm are you with?
Rigby Cooke Lawyers.
When did you join that firm?
I completed my articles with the firm in 2007.
When were you made a partner of the firm?
What practice group are you with?
Corporate and Commercial.
What has been the most significant change to your practice area during your career?
The introduction of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009. It affects so many commercial contracts and transactions and it is critical that all commercial lawyers have a sound understanding of the regime. It is a complex piece of legislation which has rewritten many established principles of law but I enjoy the challenge of interpreting and distilling it for our clients.
What has been a major career highlight for you?
I have been fortunate to work with terrific clients and on quality transactions over the years, largely because of the significant amount of autonomy and responsibility my supervising partners have given me. Each of these opportunities has been a highlight and has contributed to my development and professional success.
Being appointed a partner at the same firm at which I completed articles was definitely a highlight. I am fortunate to still be working with (and have great admiration for) the same partners who have supervised me since I was a junior lawyer and I really value of the longevity of those relationships.
What do you like about being a lawyer?
There are many aspects of my job that I love but at the top of the list are solving problems for my clients and the day to day intellectual exercise that comes with having a broad commercial practice.
What do you find challenging?
Finding a balance between working efficiently for my clients while meeting financial expectations is always a challenge, particularly in this legal market. Obviously there are now the added responsibilities that come with being a partner, like staff development, welfare and retention but these are some of the more enjoyable challenges.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Simple things: being with my family and friends, cooking, reading and travelling.