Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now (whether at home, work, in the community, etc.)?
I would describe the work that I do as part advocacy and part problem solving. I have clients who ask for my assistance to navigate their business through tricky legal arrangements. Sometimes they ask for my assistance to navigate their business through tricky commercial arrangements. Usually it is a combination of both. I have colleagues who ask for my assistance with their clients for the same reasons. Team work is definitely a big part of what I do now and one of the parts of my job that I love the most. I have colleagues who ask for my assistance to help them navigate the legal industry itself. For better or worse (a bit of both in my opinion) the legal industry is still a rigid profession and wending your way through the industry is less overwhelming with some guidance.
What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?
Listening, empathy, positivity.
What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?
The legal industry gains its strength through its history and its stable foundations. We are an industry built on precedents. However if we just stick with this as the model it can also be a limitation when it comes to facilitating truly innovative and diverse thinking. I would like to see the legal industry maintain its foundation and, with a bit of focused planning and targeted initiatives, use this as the basis upon which we build up a profession that attracts, retains and engages with people across all sections of the community. The legal industry will remain a pillar of society where it represents all parts of society.
What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?
I love advocacy and problem solving! I feel so lucky to have found the industry that is right for me. The complexity of the way the law interacts with business was the main driver to enter into the legal industry. The main driver for me to stay is helping people navigate the law to succeed in business.
Meg is a Senior Associate at McCullough Robertson