I’ve been at Allens since I joined as a clerk in 2007 and recently became a partner in our Competition, Consumer and Regulatory Law Practice.
Competition, Consumer and Regulatory Practice is a challenging but exciting area of the law. Being a good competition lawyer requires me to understand a client’s industry in a lot of detail and I find that fascinating.
I have always found Allens to be a supportive and inclusive place to work, which was particularly important when I went on family leave in 2015 and returned to work working flexibly. I work four days a week so that I can spend more time with my two-year old son. People often ask me if it’s possible to work flexibly in a large law firm. It is possible but it requires a bit of flexibility on both sides. It’s a two-way street and together we make it a success. There are always days when juggling family and work is tricky but having both is wonderful and I feel very lucky.
I’ve had an incredible journey with Allens and enjoy sharing my experience with new graduates. The most important attributes for young lawyers are attention to detail, being a team player and having a passion for the law. My advice for future clerks is to be yourself during your clerkship, get to know the lawyers you’re working with and show that you’re able to work with others. In the end, when we are recruiting lawyers we are just looking for people we would like to work with.
As a competition lawyer, you have to understand your client's business in detail – what they do, how they do it, who their competitors are and the industry dynamics. It's a fascinating part of the job.'
Rosannah Healy, Partner