Tell us a little about yourself, like where are you from?
I’m from up and down the East Coast. Briefly, I grew up in Gisborne. Then I went to boarding school in Dunedin when my family was living in Oamaru. I did my law degree in Wellington, and I am currently living in beautiful Tauranga. My family now lives in Hawke’s Bay.
What made you decide to become a lawyer?
When it was time to go to Uni, I chose Gender Studies and Sociology which I studied at the University of Otago. I wanted to work in a field where I could help people. I picked up law in my last year at Otago, and carried on with it at the Victoria University of Wellington.
What is a typical day at the office like for you, if there’s such a thing?
First things first, I make a nice cup of earl grey tea. Then I check my calendar, emails, and get stuck into seeing clients and drafting applications or response documents which are usually for domestic violence and/or care of children proceedings. Never a dull moment here.
What would you say is the best thing about working at The Law Shop?
I feel extremely lucky to have such incredible bosses. It feels like I am working with colleagues rather than Directors, and I always feel so welcome. I also love that we are an all-female firm. We do, however, work with clients of all genders and all walks of life. The team at The Law Shop as a whole is down to earth, relatable, empathetic and extremely hard working.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
That I get to use my privilege of being a lawyer to help people in extremely difficult situations and to help them get their voice heard.
What do you like doing outside of work?
Painting, going to the theatre, re-watching Brooklyn nine-nine (I love Charles), road trips, riding my brother's horses in Ruatoria in the Waiapu Valley, and spending time with friends and family.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?
I would probably be working for a community organisation but if I could be anything I wanted, I’d be on TV with comedian Miranda Hart.
Could you share some great advice you've been given?
Notice and be grateful of the small things in life.
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