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Episode 26: Sharon Chandra talks family law, the role of happiness in productivity, and the utopia we might face towards

In this episode I talked to Sharon Chandra about family law, how productive a happy lawyer can be, flexible working conditions, gender and age bias, the basis on which you might choose jobs early in your career, and her hope that more law firms will shift from a top down management approach to a conversational approach (a hope I enthusiastically second).  

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Episode 21 - Shaun talks big workplaces, second careers, and how to handle mistakes

I sat down for this lovely chat with Shaun, a senior solicitor in the employment/litigation team at a big firm, formerly an officer in the New Zealand army.  We talked fit in big organisations, second careers and how to choose them, working parenthood, how to get the most from your supervisor and how to handle the worst thing that can possibly happen: mistakes (note: not the worst thing that can possibly happen, even if your brain is telling you otherwise.)

We also talked about Shaun's recent experience with the prestigious Pegasus Scholarship, which you can read about over here, and touched a little on what it might be like to practise law in the military, which you can read more about over here.

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Episode 19: Solicitor Chris talks the joy of innovation, lawyerly risk aversion, and alternative career paths

This episode was all about innovation in law, a topic I and my guest Chris get very excited about.  It includes a brainstorm on how to balance the need for innovation with good ol' lawyerly risk aversion.  In researching for this episode I came across a press release for a 2016 report on innovation in Australasia that includes the sentence, "The majority of Australasian law firms rate themselves as innovative but there is little evidence to support this claim...". However, it is not all bleak; below are some examples of lawyers already thinking differently and doing cool things to modernise how law is practised.  Again, I must emphasise my recommendation that all lawyers read the Marque Lawyers website in its wonderful entirety.  

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Episode 6: Robin talks second careers, mental health and the importance of morning tea - The New Lawyer Podcast

Well.  This was a rich and important episode.  I spoke with Robin, a now senior solicitor but former mental health practitioner about his career and the issue of mental health in the New Zealand legal profession (you can see why we ran long).  

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Episode 4: Sam talks human rights law, moving to London and access to justice

In this episode solicitor of 10 years Sam Benton talks to Katie about his career in human rights law and later regulatory enforcement, moving from New Zealand to practise in the UK, musical theatre, male mental health and access to justice issues.  

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Episode 3: Senior solicitor Brannavan talks big law, checking your ego, and how to balance creative passions with legal practice.

In this episode Brannavan, a senior solicitor in Buddle Findlay's property and litigation teams in Wellington, talks daily practice in big law, checking your ego, and how to balance creative passions alongside your legal practice.

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Episode 2: Emily talks advice for new lawyers, stress management and women in law.

In this episode Emily, a property solicitor with six years' experience in Invercargill and Christchurch, talks to Katie about life as a new lawyer, stress management, her experience as a woman in law, and the work of the Christchurch Young Lawyer Committee.

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