I joined the panel in 2016 after an extensive in-house legal career, which concluded in a Head of HR and Legal Counsel role for a major hospital. In 2013 I faced two serious illnesses: first a life-threatening heart condition, followed by a cancer diagnosis. This prompted a career break to enable me to focus on my treatment and health, as well as motivating me to re-evaluate my priorities.
I subsequently moved into a private practice consultancy role, which I loved, given the variety of work, intellectual challenge and the change it presented from being in-house. While I no longer sought a permanent role, as an experienced lawyer I still craved high-level and stimulating work, which could be done to a large degree on my own terms, around private clients, and alongside family life.
The A&O brand name has provided me with elite and varied work, from major employment disputes, to large-scale technical transactions. I’ve chosen a mixed model, combining Peerpoint assignments with private practice work, not just in Australia, but working internationally also with the likes of A&O’s UK Employment Law Team. Peerpoint is genuinely interested in you as an individual and offers great support and resources. I have a great working relationship with the A&O Partners and feel very much part of the team. It’s great to feel a sense of belonging to something much larger, without compromising on my professional and personal goals.