find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
Gilbert + Tobin seeks a firm voice

Gilbert + Tobin seeks a firm voice

A voice coach will help lawyers at Gilbert + Tobin this afternoon (26 October) to empower themselves through speech.Lucy Cornell, a director of Voice Coach, will speak to a group of lawyers…

A voice coach will help lawyers at Gilbert + Tobin this afternoon (26 October) to empower themselves through speech.

Lucy Cornell, a director of Voice Coach, will speak to a group of lawyers below the partner level in the firm's Sydney office.

"Your voice is a function of your entire being," she said. "It is an energetic expression of you that comes through your body and your presence. What is your body doing to disarm you from being connected with someone?"

Cornell has a high profile client list that includes Volvo, the Macquarie Bank, Ernst & Young and Cricket Australia.

She has also worked with a number of law firms and legal associations, including Freehills, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sparke Helmore, the Victorian Bar and the Australian Bar Association. Internationally, she has worked with the South African Bar and with barristers in the UK as part of an advocacy course run by Keble College at the University of Oxford..

She notes that for law firms, which are so dependent on relationships from both an internal perspective and with regard to client interaction, the ability to communicate confidently is related to performance and career progression.

"When moving up the rungs of the ladder, such as the senior associate level and the next level beyond that, that is really when you need to start being able to communicate," she said. "It is all about relationships and the influencing capacity, and those skills aren't really developed.

Cornell uses a whole of body approach incorporating yoga, breathing exercises and meditation into her speech training. She believes relaxation techniques influence communication styles and how people interact with each other

"I now have barristers who meditate before going to court when that would have never happened five years ago."

See Lawyers Weekly 558 for an in-depth interview with Lucy Cornell, including how lawyers can find their authentic voice

Like this story? Read more:

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

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Gilbert + Tobin seeks a firm voice
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Dec 13 2017
Young humanitarian lawyer California-bound
A young Australian lawyer will be travelling to the US next year for a prestigious nine-month study ...
Jackie Rhodes
Dec 12 2017
Report sheds light on LGBTQI inclusion in law firms
A recent report has revealed the varying perceptions on LGBTQI diversity and inclusion in the Austra...
Women in business
Dec 12 2017
Annabel Crabb headlines Women in Business Forum
Political journalist Annabel Crabb has appeared at the Coleman Greig Lawyers Women in Business Forum...
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 & ...