This is Allens

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.

Nicky Friedman

  1. Tea or coffee – always and only tea
  2. What was your childhood career dream? To be an actress. The main hurdle was a complete lack of talent. My mother was fantastic about humouring me until year 12, when she suggested I put Plan B into effect and study a bit harder to get into Law.
  3. What's the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? A 20-minute meditation. I love it and it sets me up for the day. However many things go haywire during the day, I can look back on those moments and know it's possible to be quiet and focused.
  4. Which Hogwarts House are you in? Obviously Gryffindor. I find this question baffling because who would choose anything else?
  5. What three things could you never live without? My family, books and chocolate.
  6. If you didn't live in Australia, where would you live? Tel Aviv. A diverse, dynamic and beautiful city.
  7. What's the last film you watched? Hillbilly Elegy
  8. What's something you can't do? Anything music-related – play an instrument, dance, sing, remember lyrics.
  9. What's the best career advice you've ever received? From Tim Frost, former Allens partner, who said I should take the pro bono role because it would make sense of everything I'd done to that point.
  10. What are you afraid of? Snakes.

Dominie Banfield

  1. When do you feel happiest? When I am sitting listening to my family all bantering over each other about nonsense – it works even on Zoom.
  2. What are you afraid of? Too many things to list. But if there was a list, birds and revolving doors would be at the top.
  3. What's the best compliment you've ever received? That I am a good daughter.
  4. Who would compose the soundtrack to your life? Vince Guaraldi.
  5. What's the best thing that's happened this year? Summer holidays last January. My family rent the same beach house each year and devote ourselves to a big jigsaw puzzle.
  6. Who's your pop culture icon? Any woman who can look stylish with grey hair. Christine Lagarde and Emmylou Harris spring to mind.
  7. What's the most important thing you've learnt about being human? Everyone has had sadness in their life – we all deserve compassion.
  8. How do you practice self-care? Walk. Listen to podcasts. Try not to berate myself if I have a bad moment.
  9. What one thing do you do to offer kindness to others? Let people talk.
  10. What does being strong (or resilient) mean to you? Having the strength to stay positive in the face of challenges.

Zac Thompson

  1. When do you feel happiest? My happiest place would probably be on a boat or swimming in the harbour on a hot summer's day.
  2. What are people surprised to find out about you? That I competed in canoe slalom (which often needs its own explanation) and that I almost dropped out of uni to pursue my athletic career.
  3. Who would compose the soundtrack to your life? Jimmy Somerville.
  4. What's the bravest thing you've done in your life? Coming out. As described in my story, nothing compares to the terror, uncertainty, relief and affirmation that comes from that moment.
  5. What's a cause that's important to you? Recognition of the historical injustices experienced by LGBTIQ+ people and ensuring future generations are empowered to be themselves and reach their full potential.
  6. What's inspiring you right now? This is very dorky of me, but our alliance partners Linklaters have recently launched a 'Diversity & Inclusion Faculty' which is a legal service intended to help clients develop and execute diversity strategies. I'm excited by this because it combines three of my very close interests: the evolving legal profession, corporate governance and matters of importance to LGBTIQ+ people.
  7. If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be? Cathy Freeman on the day she won the women's 400m final at the Sydney Olympics.
  8. What's the most important thing you've learnt about being human? Relationships are the most important thing in the world. You might be incredibly successful on paper, but what's the point if you don't have any family or friends to share it with?
  9. How do you practice self-care? By hanging out with my partner Josh and our mischievous Italian greyhound Nino, enjoying a slow breakfast at a café and reading the weekend paper cover-to-cover, or watching a good film.
  10. What does being strong (or resilient) mean to you? I find compassion and generosity tend to be better indicators of strength than bravado. Resilience is different for everyone but for me it comes from the knowledge that I'm doing the right thing for the right reasons.