Why did you want to work at Slater and Gordon?
I knew I wanted to work at Slater and Gordon as I share the same social justice values as the firm. Before I applied, I understood that Slater and Gordon has a longstanding legacy which aligns very well with my personal values, and I knew that I wanted to contribute to a workplace which would be rewarding both professionally and personally.
What is it like to work at Slater and Gordon?
Working at Slater and Gordon is fantastic as I get to work with likeminded peers who share the same values as I do. It’s an incredibly supportive environment with an open door policy. I am encouraged to ask questions and there is a big emphasis on growth in my graduate year. Slater and Gordon also does incredible work within the community.
I am proud to say that I work in the Class Actions team on the Manus Island Class Action, as detainees’ rights and the conditions of immigration detention and processing centres are subjects which I feel strongly about, in addition to being topical and relevant.
Describe your day to day tasks in your role as a Graduate.
As a Graduate in a large scale class action like the Manus Island case, my job is to be across all aspects of the case. Because of this, my tasks change on a weekly basis. I generally start my week with a meeting with my Supervisor. In that meeting, we run through where the case is at, and what the week ahead holds. I am usually given larger pieces of work which span the majority of the week.
Then, on a day to day basis, depending on the needs of counsel and the other lawyers, I might be given tasks such as research into discrete areas of the case, or the collation and analysis of evidence. In doing this, I work closely with the paralegals and senior lawyers on the case.
Often, I am also pulled onto discrete areas of the case if there is a deadline which needs to be reached. I enjoy this as no two days or weeks are ever the same: they evolve the way the case does. I am constantly learning in a fast paced environment, and my tasks are always varied.
What do you consider to be the most important skills in an effective Graduate?
1. Communication! Letting your supervisors and team members know what your capacity is and what your current tasks are is essential to managing expectations, meeting deadlines and being an effective part of the team. It’s important to look after yourself.
2. Asking questions! When there is an aspect of the case or task which is unclear, I am not shy to speak up. As a grad, I am here to learn.
3. Teamwork! Beginning work as a paralegal at Slater and Gordon was extremely valuable, as it has really helped to shape my understanding of the important role that we all play in achieving success. As we are all great friends outside of work, we are constantly striving to achieve the best work for the best outcome, for the case and our clients, but also for each other.
How has your work at Slater and Gordon shaped your understanding of the law and the role of a lawyer?
Working in the class actions department is not where I thought I would end up working, even though I really enjoyed studying torts at university. I find working in plaintiff law incredibly rewarding, and I am fortunate to be able to do this in a large-scale sense working in the Project Litigation (Class Actions) team. This gives me an immense sense of pride, knowing that lawyers can play a powerful role within society and effect real change through representing our clients.