My name is Veroshan Sripragasan. I graduated from Deakin University in 2014, having completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws. I am now employed as a solicitor at Foster Nicholson Jones.
At FNJ, I am fortunate to work alongside an exceptionally capable and supportive team. I am also exposed to a diversity of clients, ranging from publicly listed entities, mid size corporations, start-ups and high net worth individuals, all of whom operate in different industries from technology to financial services.
Outside of work, I enjoy keeping active, reading and spending time with my friends. I play cricket, football and basketball across the calendar year. I also sit on the board of my local community centre, which I value as a good way of using my skills to give something back to the local community.
What’s your spirit animal and why?
I would say my spirit animal is a wolf. Wolves are familial and gregarious creatures, which live and hunt in packs and enjoy the company of others. Their approach resonates with me and although I’ve never quite had to pursue my lunch, I have always maintained close relationships with my family and friends.
What is the area of law that you are currently practicing? Why did you decide to practice this area of law?
I currently practice in corporate and commercial law. My days are mostly spent working on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), however, I also get exposure to capital markets, IT related transactions and financial services.
At university I developed an interest in corporate finance and the ways in which companies could realise growth and synergies through strategic acquisitions. I’ve found that the most rewarding aspect of this practice is that not only do you improve your technical legal skills but your understanding of different industries, businesses and markets is accelerated. For me, M&A made sense as it represented the perfect balance between law and finance.
What were you feeling when you were finally admitted into practice?
Admittedly, it was a sense of relief but also great pride. Being admitted into practice is the culmination of years of study and hard work. Whilst I used the opportunity to reflect briefly on the sacrifices I had made to get to that point, I was also very excited by the future and the endless possibilities which had now opened themselves up to me.
As a recent graduate from the Deakin Law School, what was your PLT experience like?
My PLT experience was quite pleasant. I was fortunate enough to undertake the PLT program provided by Leo Cussen and developed some great friendships. The beauty of PLT is that you are able to apply the lessons learned at university in a more practical setting. The program is very well structured and accessibility to mentors and different networks is excellent.
What has been the most interesting task you have engaged in since entering into the profession?
To date, the most interesting and challenging task I have engaged in was advising a publicly listed client on its $100 million acquisition of its largest competitor. An acquisition of that size means undertaking an enormous amount of due diligence, which inevitably leads to uncovering issues with the purchase target that need to be mitigated appropriately in the sale contract.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice back when you were in law school, what would it be and why?
The best piece of advice I could offer is simply to be optimistic and persevere. When I was coming out of law school the prospects of securing a job in my preferred field seemed very bleak. However, life has a funny way of rewarding those who work hard and are willing to accept failure as a temporary roadblock to success.
The reality is that you are unlikely to land your dream job upon graduation, but that should not dishearten you. If law is something you genuinely enjoy and want to pursue, then trust yourself, try your best and no matter the outcome, remain positive.
As Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up”.