Mathew Chuk – Principal Lawyer
When did you start at Slater and Gordon and why did you want to work here?
I began my time at Slater and Gordon when I was still a student in 2008, working as a paralegal on the Vioxx class action. Like many law students, I was idealistic and eager to work at a firm whose values matched my own, and which was prepared to take on big cases that dealt with important issues. Unlike many practicing Iawyers, that former idealistic law student was not disappointed, and those same values drive my work today.
What has been your career progression at Slater and Gordon and what have you learnt from each role?
Working on the Vioxx class action was a remarkable introduction to class action litigation, culminating in a three-month trial involving evidence and witnesses from around the world.
After several months of overseas travel, I returned as a Graduate in March 2010, and have been at Slaters ever since, first as a junior lawyer and then an Associate, then a Senior Associate. Since July 2017 I’ve been a Principal Lawyer in the class actions team.
Over the past seven years, I’ve worked on a variety of matters, including several shareholder and consumer class actions, bushfire claims and a royal commission, as well as a range of smaller commercial matters. These experiences, taken together, have given me a clear sense of the path that cases can take, and the objectives that litigation can, and can’t, achieve.
What is it like to work at Slater and Gordon?
The culture at Slaters is supportive and collegiate rather than competitive; we understand that we are stronger when we work together, share the workload, and are open with each other about any difficulties we face. Work in commercial and project litigation is diverse and interesting, and the result of this is that everyone in engaged and positive, even when times get tough.
What advice do you have for others wanting to begin a career at Slater and Gordon?
The best way to become a lawyer at Slater and Gordon is to apply to work here while you are still a law student. The work that student paralegals do at Slaters gives you a good sense of what legal practice at the firm would be like, and provides an opportunity to demonstrate what you’d be capable of in your later career.