Meet Ali Gallaher

What's it was like to be a graduate and what does career progression look like at Maddocks?


What is your role at Maddocks and when did you join?

I am an Associate in the Melbourne Employment, Safety & People team. I first joined Maddocks in 2014 as a seasonal clerk and completed the graduate program in 2015.


What teams did you rotate through as a Graduate?

During my graduate year I rotated through the Property, Public Law, Corporate & Commercial and Employment, Safety & People teams.

How did the Seasonal Clerk and Graduate Program set you up for success?

The seasonal clerkship program was a great way to get a feel for what life as a lawyer away from the text books is really like. The graduate program led me to employment law, a field which I had no exposure to as a student, which also turned out to be the type of law I wanted to practice. I made lifelong friends in the graduate program and the support that came from that helped me to move confidently through the teams and eventually settle in Employment, Safety & People.

Who are your main clients and what do you provide advice on?

I work for a range of clients including most of Victoria’s local councils and many State and Commonwealth departments and bodies. As lawyers we are encouraged to try our hand at the full spectre of work done by the team, from litigation in the Fair Work Commission, Federal Court and Supreme Court, to advice about enterprise bargaining, occupational health and safety, contractual issues and employee misconduct.

How does Maddocks support you in your career?

The firm has provided incredible support to me over the last 5 years. Most importantly, because of the people that work here and the emphasis on mentoring for junior lawyers. Our team runs its own comprehensive CLE program every year, which means we are constantly being upskilled and keeping abreast of changes in the law.

I have also been involved in lots of probono work, including a trip to Canberra to instruct in the High Court on behalf of an asylum seeker detained in Nauru. We are encouraged to do as much probono work as we’d like, and we receive full credit for time spent on these matters.

Want to learn more about clerking at Maddocks?

Get in touch with the People & Culture team.

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