find the latest legal job
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
4+ PAE Commercial Lawyer - Contract Role (Maternity cover)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· 4+ years PAE · End-to-end deal carriage
View details
Partners and Senior Specialist Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Australia
· Earn 70% of billings and fixed referral incentives · Full practice flexibility & freedom
View details
NewLaw to nab more 'non-traditional' lawyers

NewLaw to nab more 'non-traditional' lawyers

Cate Mullins

A performing artist turned banking manager turned lawyer has praised the NewLaw model for upping the ante on employing staff whose personalities don’t fit inside the box.

Speaking to Lawyers Weekly, Catherine Mullins, national executive partner at Nexus Law Group, said NewLaw models are embracing more lawyers with skill sets and personalities that are outside the norm, unlike their BigLaw counterparts.

Starting her career by being involved in the performing arts, before taking on a teaching role, working as a judge’s advocate, being employed by several Australian private practice firms and moving from the legal arm to the front line as a branch manager for Westpac, Ms Mullins has picked up a diverse range of skills. In addition, she has discovered which personalities are suited to which lines of work.

Commenting on her time spent at one particular private practice firm, Ms Mullins said after just two years she decided to leave upon the realisation that it was “just another traditional firm”, where the graduates were “working very long hours”.

She noted that this particular firm, along with some other private practice firms, didn’t embrace her “non-traditional lawyer personality” and she felt as though she had to “mute” herself and not be her “happy, bubbly self”.

Ms Mullins suggested that some private practice firms are set to lose out to NewLaw firms, as a result of not thinking outside the square when it comes to the people they employ and the culture they promote across the workplace.

“Many businesses and legal firms talk the talk when it comes to collaboration and collective wisdom, but few walk the walk,” she said.

“They baulk at bringing in people with different skill sets.

“That’s not the case at Nexus. It’s complete collaboration and striving for success. For me, having been in business, it’s completely in sync with Nexus. It’s all client-centric. Law is the only industry that thinks you don’t have to concentrate on customer service. My skill set from Westpac is a perfect fit.”

Ms Mullins added that the Nexus embraces the same values and principals as she does, further cementing her decision to be fully on board with the NewLaw model.

“Nexus symbolised the exact same belief system and thought processes as mine. Its structure is awesome. My skills in general management and front line are really valued,” she said.

“Good business structure is flexibility and strength. Those attributes apply to a good lawyer and a good law firm. A disruptive and dispersed law firm embraces the ability to ad lib … It’s about having the right people and being client-centric, and that’s what Nexus is.”

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

NewLaw to nab more 'non-traditional' lawyers
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice
Jan 17 2018
Lawyers lash out over latest Dutton attack
A number of legal bodies have condemned federal home affairs minister Peter Dutton’s latest commen...
Car crash, driverless cars
Jan 17 2018
Driverless cars a privacy car crash in the making
The testing of driverless cars on Australian roads has presented a new challenge, with serious conce...
new role with SA judicial appointment, scales of justice
Jan 15 2018
Worker's comp expert takes on new role with SA judicial appointment
An Adelaide barrister has been appointed deputy president of the South Australian Employment Tribuna...
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 & ...