Bethany Burke

PARALEGAL, 2019 | GRADUATE, 2022

 

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I joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2019 as a paralegal in the Class Actions and Disputes and Investigations team. In 2022 I began the Graduate Program and completed my first rotation in the Insurance Group.

 

Colin Biggers & Paisley provides a highly interactive learning environment, which upholds its core values of balance, respect, loyalty and integrity. The practice has supported my professional development by engaging me on cases that are challenging and interesting. The partners and leaders at the practice are approachable, and constantly encourage opportunities to collaborate with them. The people and the culture are absolutely incredible, and this separates Colin Biggers & Paisley from other firms.

 
The Graduate Program so far has given me several opportunities to grow my skill set and experience. I have been able to engage with more partners and learn about their practice and expertise. One experience that I have enjoyed as a graduate is the interaction with the other offices, and being able to collaborate with a team based in Melbourne. The team being split in Sydney and Melbourne has increased the variety of matters I have worked on, and I have learnt about different jurisdictions.
 
Each team I have rotated in has greeted me with enthusiasm and support. I have appreciated the advice many senior lawyers have readily given, whether it be about career or maintaining wellbeing. The practice ensures that the workload is manageable and encourages me to participate in other commitments, such as social netball. The Graduate Program goes beyond teaching you essential legal skills, by providing sessions that cater to wholistic learning.
 
The other graduates and I have been afforded the opportunity to come together and fundraise for RizeUp by planning a graduate fundraiser. It has been an incredible experience to learn about this charity and assist them within our community.
 
One of the things that have been a highlight so far at Colin Biggers & Paisley, is the work and collaboration with Women's Legal Services. With the support of our pro bono team, I work on Victim Services applications and assist women who are in dire need. I was recently able to assist in a matter where we successfully applied for a $10,000 recognition payment for an assault victim. To be able to work so closely and partake in the matters have been a highly rewarding experience.