When I was sitting my HSC, I found myself at a crossroads between two distinct career paths: economics and law or exercise science and nutrition. A career fair, where I learned that the exercise science degree may require me to work with cadavers, made my choice clear and I haven't looked back.
Working in restructuring and insolvency, I often find myself at the intersection of strategy and technical legal issues, particularly in times of crisis. I know that clients value our technical expertise, problem-solving skills, commercial thinking, and our ability to partner with them in 'make or break' moments. But they often tell me that it's our proactivity in including subject matter experts from across the firm and providing clients with a genuine 'whole of firm' offering that really sets us apart. Being with our clients in those moments of crisis and working closely with the next generation of lawyers to pass on what we've learned is enormously fulfilling.
The journey to partnership has been rewarding and energising. I am excited to be part of a cohort of new partners that reflects the many different pathways to partnership. There is no linear trajectory to success; Allens embraces different people and experiences and we understand how enriching that is for our clients, our people and our culture.