"Recently I decided to leave my job in private practice to work as a lawyer at the Supreme Court.
My passion for the law remained strong after many years in practice but I needed a change. The Court was offering new opportunities for lawyers to work with the judiciary and registry staff in the management of cases in the Common Law Division. The job sounded challenging and offered the chance to venture beyond the bar table to experience the inner workings of a place that had fascinated me since my days as an articled clerk.
I applied for and was offered a new position within the Court as Deputy Registrar - Common Law. It was a leap of faith, but I took it, and, 12 months on, I haven't looked back.
Every day is different. The proverbial 'dull moment' does not exist. I get to use my legal skills and knowledge, develop my managerial and policy skills and, at the end of each day, go home with the feeling that I've contributed in some way to Victoria's civil justice system.
I work with a range of very talented people from whom, even at my age and stage, I learn new things every day. From the judges and their legal wisdom, to the administrators with their knowledge of the workings of government, to the registry staff and their encyclopaedic knowledge of the Rules, there is a generosity in their willingness to share their knowledge and welcome newcomers.
The Common Law Division is a broad and varied area and the work is always interesting. The torts lists, with which my work is principally concerned, include personal injury related matters, negligence claims against various types of professionals, defamation claims and complex tortious claims, for instance misfeasance in public office and conspiracy.
The Court's Civil Circuit List also comes within this sphere as do the non-commercial class actions, for example, the Manus Island Detention Centre class action and the various bushfire class actions.
It's not just the subject matter of the proceedings that interests me, but the exposure that I get to the judiciary and the judicial process. There are whole worlds within the court system that a lawyer working in private practice never gets to experience.
My 'clients' are, ultimately, the people of Victoria and they have a range of interests. I am often called upon to strike a balance between idealism and pragmatism and to come up with or implement innovative ways to manage cases. Above all, I have the great luxury of being able to focus on the interests of justice, rather than the interests of one party or the other.
It's a great privilege to work here and I relish the day I took that leap of faith."