Jan 2015

Daniel Butler graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws. He worked in Chartered Accounting and for Baker & McKenzie before starting DBA Lawyers, a leading self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) law firm. They also provide advice on tax, companies and trusts issues. He’ll be returning to Melbourne Uni this year as a lecturer in taxation and superannuation funds.

Dec 2014

Rachel studied Arts/Law before completing a Master of Laws, specialising in international law. She is currently working in Berlin as the in-house counsel for a European agri-foods company operating in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her varied role takes in corporate matters, M&A, employment and even property transactions in Africa. There’s travel, a great view over Berlin and there’s always something to keep her busy. 

Before heading to Berlin, Rachel worked in Canberra for the federal government in Department of Agriculture, and most recently, the Australian Agency for International Development in legal and policy roles.

Nov 2014

While practice areas such as property and tax are long-established areas of practice for lawyers, the areas of law that lawyers can work in are far from settled. Environmental law was once a very niche practice area that employed few lawyers, now it’s an area with significant amounts of regulation and thousands of lawyers advising a range of industries have expertise in this area. It’s a difficult job market for law graduates, but new practice areas and new opportunities within existing practice areas are arising all the time.

It can be tricky to anticipate where your career may end up, let alone start, but here are just a few of the trends (and potential future areas of specialisation) to keep an eye on…

Sep 2014

It was a beautiful September day when I found myself awkwardly smiling at a well-mannered defendant who was grinning right back at me. The barrister I was shadowing was certain the evidence against him was so damning that his good spirits and adamant denial were likely in vain.

I later asked her, like I’ve asked other criminal barristers before, how they manage to handle the gritty work, and defend people with the weight of the law staring down upon them.


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