My career and love for litigation and insolvency law began during my traineeship (then articles of clerkship) in a boutique law firm in Port Melbourne, where I was predominantly doing commercial, trade mark and property work. Towards the end of my traineeship, the lawyer doing the bulk of the litigation and insolvency work left the firm and I was left with the task of running all her files – and I’ve never looked back!
I continued my work in insolvency and litigation in another mid tier firm before starting with Cornwalls in 2014 as Senior Associate. I was then promoted to Partner in 2017, a role I’ve loved stepping into. My experience now lies in commercial litigation, where I practise predominantly in the areas of insolvency, banking and finance litigation, and property-related disputes.
I took maternity leave last year to have my first child, Spencer. I went into hospital for some routine check ups in March 2020, and a few hours later I was having him. Spencer is a true COVID baby – when I went into hospital the world was normal, whereas four days later when I was released, Australia was in a strict lockdown.
It was nerve-wracking not being able to have any visitors during Spencer’s first weeks, as not even our nurse was able to come into the house. What resulted was moments of really special time that allowed just my husband and I to spend time with Spencer and adjust to our new life without the usual pressures from the outside world. It was great being able to take the time, with the support of Cornwalls’ paid parental leave, to be with and focus on Spencer for the first few months.
Returning to work remotely in the midst of the Victorian lockdown was challenging in some aspects, as the remote environment made it a little more difficult to reconnect with my colleagues. And naturally with a baby, there were some very early mornings and very late nights! Ultimately, the flexibility of working remotely has allowed me to be more hands on with Spencer than I thought would be possible. It has definitely been a juggle, but I think lockdown has allowed me to have the best of both worlds. I look forward to continuing to advancing my career, with support from my team, Cornwalls, my husband, and Spencer.