Brief introduction on yourself and where you currently work:
I am a Deakin Law School Alumni, having finished my last law exam in June 2017. I am somewhat notorious for my passionate involvement in the Willem C. Vis Moot as a Moot Alumni, having judged more than 16 moots in February 2018 alone!
During my law degree, I had the opportunity to work for a Queen’s Counsel Barrister, and a Corporate Law Professor. I had the honour of representing Deakin in the overseas oral rounds of the Vis Moot in 2016, and clerked in two top tier law firms in 2017. In November and December 2016 I had the opportunity to work in the Italian office of Jones Day, one of the largest international law firms. I am now a graduate in the litigation practice group of Clayton Utz.
Top: Andrea with other graduates at Clayton Utz’s National Graduate Orientation Program in Sydney
What is the area of law you intend to work in? What is the motivation behind this choice?
I am currently in the area of law I intend to work in. I have an interest in both private and public law and as part of my job, I deal with general commercial disputes as well as administrative law review cases. I really liked constitutional and administrative law at university, and became passionate about commercial law during the course of the Willem C. Vis Moot. Clayton Utz is ranked Tier 1 in commercial disputes, and is the only top tier, as far as I know, that routinely deals with administrative law review.
Sometimes people don’t like to practice the same law they liked to study, but having experienced it as a clerk and now as a graduate, my ideas have not changed. Nationally, the litigation team is currently busy working on the Royal Commission into Banking, so I will get to work with my colleagues across offices. I was very pleased to meet all the graduates at the National Orientation we had in Sydney, so this type of work has really been facilitated!
What has been the most interesting task you have engaged in throughout your law journey?
The most interesting task came in the form of a moot. Arguing in Hong Kong that Art 74 of the Convention on the International Sale of Goods provided for the disgorgement of ill-gotten gains was definitely the highlight of my university experience. In our moot case, a seller of wine had breached the contract with our client to sell wine to another party for an extra profit, and our client wanted that profit. This was a very interesting task, because Art 74 of the CISG, on its face, does not provide for disgorgement at all, so we had to be creative!
A ‘real task’ that I worked on was a pro bono matter where I had to research how to bring a victim compensation claim against an Australian paedophile, who was living and had been convicted overseas.
What has been your greatest achievement in the legal arena?
My achievements pale in comparison to most success stories. Getting multiple offers from Top Tier and Global law firms is surely my greatest achievement in the law so far, closely followed by representing Deakin University overseas in the most prestigious international commercial mooting competition.
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?
I think I could have done many things a lot better! I should have definitely done more pre-readings and could have gone out slightly more with my law peers during my first few years of law school. I should have also considered doing an exchange in my second year. This would not have impacted my career progression, and would have been a great experience.