Meet Zoe Cooper
Zoe is a Lawyer at Maddocks, having recently completed the Graduate and Summer Clerk programs in Canberra.
How has your career developed during your time at Maddocks?
My time at Maddocks has allowed me to develop from a university student to a junior lawyer. I have undertaken my Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) and been admitted with my cohort, had access to a large number of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs, some of which were targeted toward graduates, and the opportunity to learn by undertaking interesting work under the mentorship of brilliant lawyers.
Throughout my graduate year, Maddocks has invested in me and my learning, teaching me practical and technical skills I will use throughout my career. The graduate program has also allowed me to explore practice areas that interest me and discover the areas of law that I enjoy most and that suit my work style, helping to guide where I take my career next.
What teams were included in your firm rotation as a clerk?
As a clerk, I rotated through the Dispute Resolution and Litigation team and the Employment, Safety and People team. Working across teams allowed me to meet more people, gain a broader view of life at the firm and narrow down what practice areas interest me most.
What teams have you worked with as a graduate?
As a graduate, I have worked with the Property, Commercial (ICT) and Dispute Resolution and Litigation teams.
I have been able to work across a broad range of public law related work, including:
- Assisting with leasing arrangements for Commonwealth facilities
- assisting in negotiating high-value contracts such as agreements to design, construct and lease large bespoke facilities and Commonwealth contracts with large multinational ICT corporations, and
- administrative reviews and disputes in the AAT, Federal Court and alternative dispute resolution processes.
What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned so far during your time at Maddocks?
The most valuable lesson I've learnt so far is to not be afraid to ask questions. All of the lawyers here at Maddocks are friendly and willing to help you to learn, and no questions are too silly.
How did the Maddocks Clerkship set you up for success?
I completed my clerkship in Sydney before transferring to the Canberra office. My clerkship was my first exposure to life in a corporate law firm and set me up with the basic skills and knowledge that I needed to navigate the workplace and all the new types of work I am doing. The clerkship allowed me to understand the Maddocks culture in an in-depth way, and I was able to hit the ground running as a graduate.
What advice would you give a potential seasonal clerk?
Soak in the experience and connect with the people around you! The lawyers and support staff you meet in the clerkship will be some of your best mentors, and everyone here is very supportive. Never turn down an opportunity to meet someone new or to catch up over a coffee.
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