Becoming a lawyer didn’t feature in my career plan until I completed a summer clerkship during my fourth year at university. Since then, my career has progressed from completing articles in Melbourne, where I grew up, through a two-year stint working in Darwin, to becoming a senior associate in Corrs’ construction practice in Sydney.
I have now been a lawyer for five years and with Corrs for almost two. My main interest has always been in construction law, but I wanted to obtain as much broader legal experience as possible first, before specialising in my chosen area. Working in Corrs’ construction group has opened up many exciting challenges and opportunities, which have definitely fast-tracked my career.
My practice is focused on the resolution of large-scale engineering and construction disputes, including disputes arising from the construction of power stations and other infrastructure projects, such as freeways and tunnels, located throughout Australia.
I have also been fortunate to expand my legal experience through a secondment to a construction company, where I am presently acting as general legal counsel and have also been given the opportunity to become involved in negotiating contracts, instead of just arguing over them.
Through the construction group, I am involved in a new Corrs initiative called EPIC, which is an industry-focused division of the firm concentrating on partnering our clients in the engineering, property, infrastructure and construction sectors.
The most important aspect of this initiative for me is that all lawyers, and not just partners, are matched up with key clients and given the opportunity to build lasting relationships with them.
In terms of what’s next, my approach has always been not to set plans down too firmly about where I want to end up. For me, what has always been most important is to ensure that my knowledge of the law, and now particularly construction law, continues to grow and that I keep building relationships with the people I work with. The rest will take care of itself.