How long have you been with Adviceline?
I have been with the firm for 20 years. I have been honoured to represent hundreds of injured Victorians in their compensation claims over this past 20 years, and even been responsible for the odd ground-breaking court decision. I have progressed through the roles of Senior Associate, Special Counsel and then Partner, and been blessed to have time off to spend with my three precious babiesI
I am extremely proud and honoured to start 2021 as the Partner in charge of the incredible Adviceline group. I am excited to be able to use my experience to empower everyone in our team to be the best that they can be, and to continue the proud tradition of representing injured Victorians with integrity and dedication. Our team’s collegiate, close-knit culture that highly values the importance of respect and collaboration is an invaluable asset that I intend to promote and foster, to ensure our bright, and successful future.
What is your favourite memory about working with the ALIL team?
The people are what makes this firm great. I have worked with many of the same people for 20 years. That it is an excellent firm to work at is evidenced by the fact that we have many partners and staff who have worked here for more than 40 years. Everyone in our team have the same relaxed, down to earth attitude and huge hearts! Empathy, compassion, fairness and integrity are the qualities that I am so proud to see in the Adviceline team every day.
Who is your hero/role model?
I don’t have a specific hero or role model, but there is rarely a day when I don’t reflect on the lessons taught to me by the inspirational leaders I worked with in the years before I became a partner. I worked closely with partners who have since gone on to become a mediator, a legal services commissioner, and a County Court Judge. They are all heroes and role models to me because of where they have advanced to in their careers, and because of the credit I give them for teaching and guiding me to be the lawyer and leader I am today. They all taught me invaluable lessons about the law and how to run a file, but more importantly about the way to treat and interact with clients, staff and opponents.
Do you have any pets?
Our family dog Coco is a cross between a Bichon Frise and miniature poodle. She is so loved and very spoiled. She thoroughly enjoyed the company during the day whilst we were working from home!
Favourite holiday destination?
Nothing beats the warmth and beaches of Queensland or Fiji, but a holiday to visit family in Canada is the most rewarding trip. We don’t get to go as often as we would like, especially with COVID travel restrictions, but when we do get there family time is the most soul soothing, rewarding experience. Kids are easily pleased though, so they will be happy with a night away anywhere!
What is something most people don't know about you?
I have 3 daughters – an 11 year old girl, and 7 year old identical twin girls! The twins were quite a surprise, given there are no twins in either side of our family. To us, Alli and Jade look completely different, however people who don’t know them think they look exactly the same!
Nothing beats a home cooked meal, but on the rare occasions I get to eat out there’s no going past Thai food or Japanese.
What motivates you to work hard?
Honestly, my team! It is an honour and a privilege to see what everyone at Adviceline achieves every day. To work with people who are not afraid to learn, take risks, go above and beyond for their clients and achieve unimaginable results for their clients every day is all the motivation I need.
What advice would you give to an aspiring lawyer?
Get as much work experience as you can. Whether you volunteer, get a part time job in the law, sit in on Court hearings or just read cases, this will give you a good insight into whether the law is for you. I did one placement during uni that involved two weeks of reading some bank terms and conditions over and over again. Have a read of those next time you get them in the mail and imagine that as your job! That experience confirmed for me that I was not meant to be a banking or contract lawyer.
My next placement was at a small suburban firm doing wills, conveyancing and personal injury law. That two week placement turned into one day a week employment, then two days, then three, then full time once I graduated. Doing personal injury law at that firm showed me that I had the patience and empathy required for injury law, and that the personal contact with clients was what I enjoyed. Having that exposure and such a great job meant I was able to get an articles position (as it was called back then) and become a qualified lawyer, where many of my peers did not. In many ways my first firm ended up being my forever firm, as I joined Adviceline Injury Lawyers as a qualified lawyer with the same lawyer who took me in as a student all those years ago.
The moral of this story is that you never know where putting yourself out there will get you. Every relationship you build, and every minute of experience you gain is one more paver in the path towards your career in the law.
How can someone get in touch with you?
You can find my contact details here.