Lawyer, Maddocks

Before training at Leo Cussen in 2011, I studied a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws at The University of Melbourne.

I was attracted to Leo Cussen because of the practical nature of the course. I wanted to make sure I entered the workforce with a solid practical, as well as academic grounding.

Given that I now work in a Private Client Services practice group it is probably not surprising that I enjoyed the Wills & Estates component at Leo Cussen. However, the highlight was having the opportunity to practise my advocacy skills in a variety of contexts; criminal and civil.

I had a contact within Maddocks that I approached to see whether I could complete my Leo Cussen work experience with the firm. I spent three weeks at Maddocks rotating through their Commercial Disputes and Commercial practice groups. As a direct result of my work experience, I was asked to remain in the firm’s Commercial Disputes practice group as a paralegal working on a large litigation matter.

In late February of this year I was approached to join the Private Clients Team, where I remain as a lawyer. I am responsible for the day to day management of the firm’s probate practice. Additionally, I am involved in all areas within the practice group spanning from drafting simple and complex wills to estate litigation.

What I enjoy most about being a lawyer is dealing with clients – hands down. I am very fortunate that I have a lot of contact with clients which brings unique challenges and rewards.

I feel that my Leo Cussen training experience definitely helped me embark on a career in law. It helped me refine in my mind the area of law in which I would like to practise.  The training gave me a taste of what it would feel like to practise in a number of different areas. It also created an instant network of colleagues, a valuable commodity in any legal career.