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The rates of depression and unhappiness amongst the legal profession worldwide are far too high. Clarissa Rayward is a divorce lawyer based in Brisbane, Australia and is best known as ‘The Happy Family Lawyer’. Clarissa’s own challenges with unhappiness during her legal career have inspired her to launch this Podcast which explores how we can all find a positive way of being great lawyers while having a great life. Join Clarissa on the airwaves each week as she interviews many great lawyers ...
 
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This week I went across the oceans again for Happy Lawyer Happy Life the international edition and had the chance to speak with one really wonderful woman lawyer, Iffy Ibekwe. Iffy describes herself as an entrepreneur who just happens to practice law and I can see from our chat that this really is true. Her love of entrepreneurship began with a bak…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing the Honourable Colin Forrest SC. Colin has had a fascinating career in the law and just this last week has completed 10 years of service as a Judge in the Family Court and started the next chapter of his law life. I have had the privilege of knowing C…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing a wonderful lawyer from all the way over the other side of the world, Toya Gavin. I interviewed Toya in the week before this year’s US Presidential election so it sure was an interesting time to be talking and I concluded mid-interview that Toya needs…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing lawyer Paul Cott- a Melbournian through and through who has found his ‘other home’ in sunny Ballarat! I learned a lot in this chat about life in Victoria- particularly through the ups and downs of 2020- and as you listen, I suspect you will soon find …
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing the powerhouse that is Midja Fisher. Now she had me laughing from the moment we began as when I asked what she would be if she wasn’t a lawyer we were soon talking about being Reality TV stars and the fun only kept coming from there. Midja has been in…
 
This week I got to go ‘international’ and chat with a wonderful lawyer in Rho Thomas. Rho is all the way over in the USA where she practices primarily in trademark law. We did talk law and particularly Rho’s life in 2020- managing her role in a large law firm in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Rho and I recorded this interview a few weeks ago and it …
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing one wonderful lawyer, Bridget Cullen. I fell upon Bridget last year when she was awarded the Leneen Forde AC WLAQ Woman Lawyer of the Year Award and delivered a speech that was quite something! I heard that speech and knew I needed to get Bridget on t…
 
This week is a special one- episode 200! And so, for a special episode number I decided we needed a special episode theme. This week I reversed my role as host thanks to the wonderful skills of a great friend of mine, Mel Telecican. Some of you will know Mel, she is a wonderful friend, business woman and spends her days working with lawyers too. Sh…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Lindsay Carroll who is the Legal Practice Director at the National Retail Association. Lindsay began her life in lawland as a junior secretary straight out of HIgh School. That first job saw her working at what we now know as Norton Rose where she spe…
 
Belinda Crosbie and the team at Morrissey law are leading the way when it comes to building a firm that has the health and wellness of its team and clients at the heart of every decision they make. I fell upon Morrisey Law after they won this year’s Minds Count national award for their initiative ‘mind your marbles’ and aside from the great name, I…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Charlotte Campbell. Charlotte is a fellow Brisbanite who was just great fun to hang out with but in amongst talking basketball and the Kardashians we of course chatted law, life and happiness! Charlotte began her #lawlife in politics before moving int…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing lawyer extraordinaire, Paul Horvath. Paul has had many years in law and in this interview shared with me the twists and turns his career has taken him on- initially from practice as a criminal lawyer to now running a vibrant employment and sports law …
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Madeline King. Madeline is in the early stages of her lawlife but she really has done so much already! Aside from a number of interesting roles during and after her law studies, it was Madeline’s outlook on her career and her life generally that I rea…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I visited LA, in a virtual sense and had an amazing chat with Lawyer Christopher Melcher. I fell upon Christopher earlier this year thanks to our connected social world and while we might live on opposites sides of the globe, I could find so much in common with Christopher’s experience…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Madeleine Gallagher. Madeleine lives and works in Grafton in Northern NSW where she is fast taking over the reigns of what is a beautiful family built practice. Madeleine works alongside her mum, dad and sister so this really is a story about a family…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing legal academic, Peter Black. Peter does not describe himself as being a lawyer but having spent an hour learning a little about his amazing career in the legal profession, he certainly falls into the ‘lawyer’ box for me! These days Peter is an Academi…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing lawyer, advocate and relationship manager Sheetal Deo. For someone still only a few years into #lawland Sheetal has a whole lot going on- including a full time role as a Relationship Manager at Queensland Law Society, running her own firm, Shakti Lega…
 
In this week’s episode of the Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast I was with solicitor Dean Spanner. Dean has been practising in law for almost 30 years now and gee he brought some experience to this interview. I thought we’d be talking a lot about law and a little about cricket but it turned out we ended up speaking an awful lot about life and how to …
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Alexandra Atanasov and this really was a treat! As I sat down to hear about life as a commercial litigator little did I know that I would soon be talking about crochet! It turns out that Alexandra is one half of an amazing creative duo here in Brisban…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Emma Fitzgerald. Emma is a solicitor, with a background primarily in the insurance space but right at this moment she is the brains behind all things ‘Happy Lawyer Headquarters’. A great idea and a chance conversation has led to Emma coming to work wi…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Barrister Nathan Laing. This interview was a joy for so many reasons- firstly because this was my first in person podcast interview since all things COVID took over our world and secondly because Nathan is such a gem of a guest! Nathan’s life in law i…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing lawyer Maddison Harrington. Maddison who I have come to know as ‘Maddie’ is an inhouse lawyer here in Brisbane at Griffith University. I met Maddison early last year when she was just beginning her ‘law land life’. And now, a year and a half in, I rea…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing lawyer/ entrepreneur/ academic/ all round intelligent and funny woman Wenee Yap! I fell upon Wenee a few years ago now thanks to a Facebook Page I now know she and some friends established when she was at University called Survive Law. This page kept …
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing surrogacy and family lawyer Cassandra Kalpaxis. I have come to know Cassandra this past few years and over that time I have watched her work hard to build a practice that focuses on the work she loves to do and balances her love of family. This is no …
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Virginia Warren. Now Virginia is no average lawyer! She is a lawyer/ yoga instructor/ TEDX speaker and so much more and it was a real delight to hear her perspective in this interview. I met Virginia in a course a few years ago now and have followed h…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Justin North. Justin is not a lawyer but he may as well be one- he is the son of, brother of and married to a lawyer and has spent his entire career working within the law. I have come to know Justin through his work with his legal consulting firm, Ja…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Barrister Avelina Tarrago. Having known from a young age that law was her calling, Avelina has built a successful career as an advocate. Avelina is a proud Aboriginal woman and the current President of the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland.…
 
There is nothing quite like a pandemic when it comes to turning the world upside down and now that we are a few weeks in and I feel less like this is ‘ground hog day’ and more like this is my new normal, I am sharing with you my musings on law, life, business and importantly, finding happiness in all of this sadness. So it is #soloshow time! I have…
 
So a silver lining of this pandemic is that I have had to ‘pivot’ like so many of you in business and move my interviews ‘online’ and as such a whole new world of ‘happy lawyer guests’ has appeared! This week is the first of many a great online interview with someone I have been so keen to have on this show for a while- James d’Apice. In his ‘law l…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing lawyer Rebecca Murray. Rebecca is a privacy lawyer these days running her own consultancy in an area of practice I can safely say I knew nothing about! I sense this is my last ‘in person’ interview for a while- Rebecca and I sat down a few weeks ago b…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing lawyer Nitika Balaram. Nitika is everything we want to see in the next generation of lawyers- passionate, caring and so very determined. But I have come to know Nitika this past year as a fun and creative soul- just last week she baked the most amazin…
 
I am sharing this episode with you at a time when our world has turned upside down. I recorded this interivew with my guest Tanya Diessel only a few weeks ago now and it is a stark reminder of the far reaching change that has occured as we all try and navigate the world wide health crisis that is COVID 19. Last week I could not find the energy to r…
 
Sunday the 8th of March is, of course, International Women’s Day and what better an opportunity than to celebrate some of the amazing women lawyers I have had on the show over the last 12 months. There have been many so picking just 10 was a little like having to choose your favourite children- not something that is ever really possible! But I have…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing lawyer Natasha Tanirau-Stanley. Natasha spends her days working in a community legal service south of Brisbane assisting young people who find themselves in our justice system. This is no easy role- Natasha’s clients include some of our most vulnerabl…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Personal Injury Lawyer, Leeha James. Leeha is a Brisbanite like me and this past few years has been running a successful boutique personal injury practice, helping victims of occupational cancer- often those working in the fireservice. This is such a …
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing lawyer Stephanie Parkin. Stephanie is a proud Aboriginal woman of the Quandamooka People of North Stradbroke Island and it is no surprise, having now learned some of her life experience, that she has taken her intellect and applied it as an advocate f…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Criminal Lawyer Kerala Drew. Now Kerala is at the early stages of her law life but gee she has jammed a whole lot in already! You will tell by her accent Kerala grew up in the UK. She knew from a really young age that being a lawyer was going to be he…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing lawyer Bronwyn Eynon-Lewis. Now right at this moment you might say that Bronwyn is not a ‘lawyer’ in the practicing certificate carrying sort of sense but there is no doubt she is a ‘lawyer’ thanks to one fascinating career that has taken her all over…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Barrister Ben McMillan. A fellow Brisbane local, Ben is another one that has had a fascinating career in the law. My favourite parts of this interview though were watching Ben’s face light up as he spoke of three things- his brother, Tim, his partner,…
 
It’s a New Year (insert chants of ‘Happy New Year’ here) and I have the perfect guest to kick us into 2020! In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing lawyer and mediator Kate Clark. Now this was my second attempt at interviewing Kate as the first time round I completely mucked up our audio so…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Brisbane based Barrister, Reimen Hii. This year Reimen was the winner of the prestigious Law Council of Australia 2019 Young lawyer of the year Award for his advocacy in promoting cultural diversity in law. As an Australian with Chinese heritage, Reim…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Ford who is a Criminal Lawyer here in Brisbane. It has been the month of women working in criminal law on this show- an area of law often not associated with women lawyers but as I learned from Melanie last week and Sarah this week- this is a sp…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Criminal Lawyer, Melanie Morris. Now we did talk a little about law in this interview- Melanie’s day job as a disciplinary and criminal lawyer-but to be honest we spoke a whole lot more about life! Melanie, like so many of us, is navigating a senior r…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Sydney Barrister, Talitha Fishburn. I found Talitha thanks to the world of Instagram and have followed her daily adventures for a while so it was truly lovely to meet her in person and learn so much more about her life in and outside of law! Talitha t…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing M&A lawyer Adelyn Koh. Adelyn began her life (and law life) growing up in Malaysia. She knew from a young age law was to be her thing and before she knew it, she was there. But a chance opportunity had her and her now husband taking a chance and movin…
 
A few weeks ago I found myself in Sydney and so managed to squeeze in a ‘day of podcasting’ while I was there! As a result, you will find a good few Sydneysiders hitting the airwaves over the next few weeks and it all begins with one really wonderful family lawyer in Antonella Sanderson. Antonella has had no easy run in ‘law land’- having started h…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing commercial lawyer, Paul Betros. Now this really is a conversation like no other. There I was thinking I would be learning just what life is like working as a partner in one of Australia’s most successful large firms but as you are about to discover, P…
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I chatted with Belinda Marschke who is not really a lawyer….! So what does an Accountant have to say about happiness in law? Well a whole lot when they are married to a lawyer, work in 2 legal start-ups and previously have been the CFO of a large law firm! Belinda is an Accountant but …
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing the wonderful Santhoshi Watapuluwa. Santhoshi began her career in her home country of Sri Lanka studying law, opening a firm and overcoming I suspect many hurdles in doing so. As her family moved to Australia in search of a better life, Santhoshi had …
 
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Sara Kowal who travelled all the way from Melbourne for this interview. Sara began life as a criminal lawyer and she still ‘twilights’ in this role but this past few years she has really found her thing now leading Monash University’s Capit…
 
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