Lawyers Weekly sat down with four finalists to talk about their career challenges, best memories and attitude to the law.
As a lawyer at DibbsBarker, dispute resolution finalist Alexandra Kirby has run high-profile matters before ICAC and the AAT.
She savours the challenging nature of law, highlighting work on complex cases as her favourite part of the job.
K&L Gates senior associate Martin Watts, a finalist in the workplace relations category, has been actively involved in drafting legislation around government employment arrangements.
He points to a secondment at the NSW Police Force as a major career highlight.
Clyde & Co associate and insurance finalist Daniel Robinson also enjoyed going on secondment, describing his time at Chubb Insurance as both a challenge and an opportunity.
The high points of his career have been the cases where he has been able to “achieve an exceptional outcome for our clients”, he explained.
Energy and resources finalist Louise Lee, a lawyer at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, believes the profession offers constant opportunities to learn.
Ms Lee has previously acted for the buyer of a major coal mine, co-authored articles on the energy sector and worked as a tipstaff at the NSW Land and Environment Court.