find the latest legal job
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
Academic Dean and Head of School of the TC Beirne School of Law
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· An outstanding opportunity · Provide educational, research and organisational leadership
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Arncliffe NSW 2205
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Sydney NSW 2000
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
A reel good time

A reel good time

Sipping fancy tea and chatting casually with a multi-million dollar grossing movie star is not how most law firm managing partners spend their Wednesday morning, but that is exactly what Baker & McKenzie’s Chris Freeland was up to yesterday (8 May).

It wasn’t all fun and games though. Freeland (pictured, on left, with NSW Arts Minister George Souris and Festival Director Nashen Moodley) was attending the 60th Sydney Film Festival (SFF) Program Launch at Customs House in his role of Festival chairman; he even had to give a speech, and we all know how lawyers hate giving speeches!

Famous Aussie actor Hugo Weaving, who attended the launch and was papped chatting casually with Freeland, will be the jury president for the Festival’s Official Competition.

Weaving first came to international attention when he starred in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, before going on to become the king of trilogies by starring in The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. He also voiced Rex the sheepdog in one of Folklaw’s favourite films, Babe.

Freeland, now in his fourth year as Festival chairman, seemed right at home among the ‘arty types’ and glitterati in attendance, and he opened proceedings by thanking everyone for coming and emphasising the “significance of the Festival”.

He added: “We’re firmly looking to the future and how the Sydney Film Festival can continuously re-invent itself.”

We guess the SFF isn’t so dissimilar to law firms in that way...

Freeland also gave a shout-out to the NSW Government and said the Festival “wouldn’t be possible without the support of our NSW Government partners”.

The gesture was appreciated by NSW Arts Minister George Souris, who spoke after Freeland to officially launch the Festival Program, and said, in government, being thanked “doesn’t always happen”.

We hear ya George, Folklaw never gets any thanks for the invaluable service we provide either...

Although we did appreciate getting an invite to the launch; you don’t have to ask us twice to anything that involves free muffins and curry-spiced popcorn...

Freeland was getting a bit sentimental towards the end of his speech, saying: “I can think of no better way to while away a Sydney winter than by sharing the visual sensation of great film with family and friends.”

Aw. Folklaw agrees, and with 190 titles from 55 countries on over the 12 days of the Festival (which runs from 5-16 June), there is sure to be something for everyone.

We just hope all you overworked lawyers get some time to enjoy it...

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

A reel good time
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
Jan 22 2018
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
The #mypathtolaw hashtag has been embraced by legal eagles to swap stories with the Twitter communit...
Jan 22 2018
Legal body disappointed with DPP emails leaked to tabloid
The NSW Bar Association has expressed “profound disappointment” over leaked emails from the NSW ...
Gavel, legal book, criminal lawyers
Jan 19 2018
Three criminal lawyers named NSW magistrates
The NSW Attorney-General has announced the appointment of three new local court magistrates. ...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...