Jamie-Lee Morgan, legal assistant, Benest Corbett Renouf
What is your position and what do you do on a day-to-day basis?
I am a legal assistant at Benest Corbett Renouf and work in the Family department. I deal with all aspects of family law, but have a particular interest in children law work. My main job is assisting the Head of Family Law, advocate Barbara Corbett. I review lots of emails (whether on the go or in the office), run cases, provide legal advice, draft documents, and assist at court. At present, I am helping prepare for our annual conferences in conjunction with the Association of Lawyers for Children.
How long have you been in this role and what brought you here?
I joined the predecessor firm, Hanson Renouf, in 2011 as a receptionist, and have been in my current role for approximately 3 years after completing my paralegal studies. I came into family law through Barbara Corbett. I had always wanted to pursue a career in law; however, I had not been fortunate in obtaining a position within a law firm when I left school. The long and short of it is, I worked for a flooring company and sold a floor to Barbara - the rest is history!
What are the people you work for/with like? Any memorable stories?
The people I work with and for are great. We are not a small firm, but also not too big either. I think we strike a good balance. The Family department consists of four people, and we are very much like a little family ourselves - it's lovely.
The most memorable story has to be what brought me to the role in the first place (see above)!
What is the best and worst part of the day for you?
The worst part of the day is often when an urgent matter which concerns extremely sad circumstances - often relating to children - is referred in. The best part of the day is finding swift resolution to a difficult matter with a positive outcome.