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10 quick questions

There are some questions in life that quickly reveal a lot about a person. First job? Best advice? Dogs or cats? We cut to the chase with these rapid fire interviews.

Jessica Mottau

  1. What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? Check my emails. I know that's a terrible habit, but I don’t want to lie to you and that's the truth.
  2. What is the best silver lining from the lockdown? I'm loving my daily walks most evenings, avoiding the crowded bus commute, and meeting my clients' and colleagues' kids, significant others, pets, and even plants on our video calls.
  3. What have you most missed during the lockdown? It's very sad to see all the shops and restaurants closed around my neighbourhood. Things are slowly reopening though, which is great to see. I also miss seeing my teammates every day. And I'm frankly sick of wearing casual clothes (words which I never thought I would say and will probably soon regret).
  4. What’s at the top of your bucket list? I'd like to get a PADI certification and go diving in some of the beautiful spots around the world (preferably warm water). I'm very keen to go to Belize so maybe I would go there first.
  5. Dogs or cats? Dogs for sure. I'd love a Kelpie-Labrador cross.
  6. Who would compose the soundtrack to your life? Coldplay or perhaps Oasis, but I don’t think they want the gig.
  7. Sweet or savoury? Sweet. Preferably in cake form.
  8. What’s the last show you binge-watched? The Last Dance (the Michael Jordan documentary on Netflix).  I'm not even a basketball fan, but it's fascinating watching someone so talented make it all look so effortless. I highly recommend it!
  9. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? That your career is a marathon not a sprint, and that you need to run your own race. I guess I do well with running metaphors.
  10. What did you do to celebrate making partner? Went into isolation. There was also a lot of champagne and we had a beautiful dinner with my family at the Centennial to celebrate before everything shut down.

James Campbell

  1. Most memorable holiday experience? Visiting the White Island volcano. It has become all the more memorable now that I know just how dangerous that was!
  2. What is the best silver lining from the lockdown? Lunch and dinner as a family every day.
  3. What have you most missed during lockdown? Riding to work and the incidental corridor chats.
  4. What do you do to unwind on a weekend? A good weekend involves a house project (preferably with power tools) and cooking something delicious (preferably on charcoal).
  5. Tea or coffee? Coffee, coffee, coffee.
  6. Comedy or drama? I don't have that choice if anyone else is in the house. My choices are currently between: Grand Designs; Doctor Who, Gardening Australia.
  7. Dogs or cats? Ours is a pound hound called Gypsy.
  8. What was your childhood career dream? To be a jazz trombone player. I became a classical trombone player and then a lawyer. But I will start being more cool some day.
  9. What is at the top of your bucket list? Being able to travel again.
  10. What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? If I am being good, drink coffee and exercise. If I'm not being good, drink coffee and drink coffee.

Jonathan Light

  1. Tea or coffee?  Tea.
  2. What's the best holiday you've been on? Spending my long service leave in 2018 in Europe (including the Greek Islands – Crete was a highlight).
  3. Are you a morning person or an evening person? Definitely not a morning person!
  4. If you weren't a lawyer, who would you be? Someone who gets to sleep in in the morning.
  5. Optimist or pessimist? Optimist.
  6. A book or film that changed the way you see the world? Human Universe by Professor Brian Cox (documentary series).
  7. What's the best advice you've ever been given? Contentment is learned.
  8. What was your first job? Mowing lawns.
  9. What are people surprised to find out about you? That I have a firearms licence (before you get the wrong idea, it's not too uncommon a thing growing up in a rural area!).
  10. What three things could you never live without? Internet, hot water and a dishwasher.

Paul Telford

  1. Tea or coffee? Tea. I really only started drinking coffee as an articled clerk, and then would get headaches on the weekend when I didn't drink it. I resolved the issue by giving up coffee. It has been pointed out to me that I could have instead drunk coffee on the weekend. Rookie.
  2. What is the best silver lining from the lockdown? Being able to sneak out for some kid time when I need a break from work. My Uno Flip game is very sharp as a result.
  3. What have you missed most during the lockdown? My ride to and from work. I could go for a ride before starting work for the day, but it just isn't the same.
  4. Are you a morning person or an evening person? By inclination an evening person but by necessity a morning person.
  5. Who lives in your house? My wife and three kids. Our dog Tess is strictly an outside dog. 
  6. Dogs or cats? Dogs – I'm allergic to cats and just don't see what they have to offer.
  7. What are you currently reading? Stephen Fry's biography and Harry Potter (with my son).
  8. What makes you laugh the hardest? Recently, VEEP. But more generally my two-year old Matilda.
  9. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? Give your own career the same treatment you would provide for a client. 
  10. What was your first job? Working at an after-school care centre. Basically just mucking about with kids for a couple of hours. 

Tim Chislett

  1. Who are your sporting heroes? I am a football and cricket tragic. Growing up in the 90s, Steve Waugh and Mark Ricciuto were my heroes.
  2. Favourite meal? Without doubt, Mum's lasagne.
  3. What's the best thing about being a lawyer? There are two things that I can't split – getting to work with our amazing clients who are changing the face of Australia's cities every day, and working with really talented young lawyers and watching them develop.
  4. Tea or coffee? Coffee. During lockdown, I have been going to my local, Mr Wednesday in Fairfield, every day (and mostly twice) for my fix!
  5. What's the best silver lining during lockdown? Definitely getting to spend so much time with my two-year-old daughter, Phoebe.
  6. What's the last show you binge-watched? The Last Dance – so much nostalgia looking back on 90s sporting culture.
  7. What will you never get tired of watching? Seinfeld. Have probably watched the whole thing ten times.
  8. What hobby will you never give up? Hopefully, I can fish and golf until I am grey and old.
  9. When do you feel happiest? Being in or on the water, especially at some of my favourite coastal towns in South Australia.
  10. What was your uni job? I worked at a butcher shop in Adelaide with colleagues and a boss, who are now lifelong friends.

David Couper

  1. Tea or coffee?  Coffee.
  2. Surf or snow? Surf.
  3. If you didn't live in Australia, where would you live? Hong Kong (of course!).
  4. What is the best silver lining from the lockdown? Time with family.
  5. What have you missed during the lockdown? The footy!
  6. What do you do to unwind? Watch sport.
  7. How would you define yourself in three words? Loyal, committed and light-hearted.
  8. Are you a morning person or an evening person? After a double piccolo, a morning person.
  9. Best holiday you have ever had? Japan (any one of the few times I have been).
  10. What's the best career advice you've ever received? It is a marathon, not a sprint.

Phil O'Sullivan

  1. What was your childhood career dream? To be a pilot. I've made it in to a flight simulator.
  2. Who would play you in a movie? Hugh Jackman.
  3. Name a book/film that changed the way you see the world The Rainmaker by John Grisham – that set me on the path to law. More for the against-the-odds victory than the insurance law aspects!
  4. What’s your go-to office lunch? Last night's dinner, and if I've forgotten that then a peanut butter sandwich.
  5. What three things could you never live without? Coffee, holidays, wife + kids (in no particular order).
  6. If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be? Ricky Ponting, to feel that level of talent pulsing through my body.
  7. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? Build a team, bring them with you and train them to be better than you.
  8. When do you feel happiest? On the bike leg of a triathlon, having survived the swim.
  9. What’s the last show you binge-watched? Schitt's Creek.
  10. What was your first job? Front desk and maintenance at Canberra's finest Go-Kart Track.

Kounny Rattley

  1. If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be? A teacher.
  2. What are people surprised to find out about you? I did 2 years of volunteer work in the US after high school. One of those years was spent working with school children in South Side Chicago, one of the most disadvantaged parts of that country.   
  3. Who lives in your house? My husband and three children.
  4. What’s a cause that is important to you? Supporting and empowering women, especially survivors of domestic violence.
  5. Sweet or savoury? Sweet.
  6. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life? Backpack around the world solo.
  7. What’s the last film that you watched? Joker.
  8. What’s something you can’t do? Until last year – drive! I’m currently on my red P plates.
  9. Optimist or pessimist? Optimist.
  10. What was your first job? A cake decorator. I learned some skills that come in handy now with three children.