Allens Confidential
Being out at work

Being out at work

June 24, 2021

What's it like coming out at work? How do you do it? Why does it matter? Rachel Nicolson, Partner and joint head of the firm's ALLin LGBTQ+ network, and Andy Tolé, Law Graduate, join Caitlin and Will to discuss being out at work. Rachel, Andy, Caitlin and Will share their personal experiences and give their perspectives on how to navigate job applications, interviews, CVs and workplaces for identifying clerks and grads (and their allies). 

Explore more stories of Pride at Allens and find out more about our approach to diversity and inclusion 

Your past is your secret weapon: non-traditional pathways to a career in law

Your past is your secret weapon: non-traditional pathways to a career in law

June 3, 2021

Getting a job at a top-tier law firm can feel like an impossible prospect for a candidate whose school and uni results don't look a certain way on paper. How does it work if your background, education or experience don't match the stereotype? Caitlin and Will catch up with Grace Stals, head Paralegal in Sydney, and Manreet Singh, National Manager, Early Careers, to explore contextual recruitment, diversity and the industry-wide challenge of attracting the best candidates from different backgrounds. Grace shares her experience of overcoming hardship to make it through uni to a top-tier firm, and Manreet discusses what Allens is doing to make sure the best candidates make it through the process. Find out more about our clerkship application process, including our optional diversity assessment: https://graduates.allens.com.au/next-steps/

Ask us anything: clerkships, motivation, embarrassing moments

Ask us anything: clerkships, motivation, embarrassing moments

March 1, 2021

We asked our recent summer clerks what they wish they'd asked before they'd started their clerkships. From maintaining motivation to imposter syndrome, collaboration and Caitlin's clicky shoes, our hosts share their wisdom. And, in an epic Allens Confidential milestone, Geneva hands over the mic to new host Will Berthelot.

Global connections in the time of COVID

Global connections in the time of COVID

November 25, 2020
While restrictions on international travel are expected to remain in place for some time, global opportunities in the future are still front of mind for many law students. In the latest episode of Allens Confidential, we talk to Mona Abu Zalaf, an Allens lawyer on secondment with our alliance partner Linklaters in London, and Patrick McGregor, a Senior Overseas Practitioner who transferred to Sydney from Linklaters in London. How do the cultures of Allens and Linklaters compare? What's it like navigating a new environment when you're far from home? 
What to expect from your clerkship

What to expect from your clerkship

November 12, 2020
With summer clerkships soon to kick off, Geneva and Caitlin speak to recent clerks (now paralegals) Tim Tabalujan and Tahlia Rodrigues for the ultimate guide on what to expect from your clerkship. Tim and Tahlia share their advice on getting the most out of your clerkship, navigating office life and the best dad jokes to impress your new colleagues.
The Trans-Tasman Bubble

The Trans-Tasman Bubble

August 27, 2020

Having perfected the pronunciation of Kia Ora through numerous YouTube videos, Caitlin and Geneva are joined by Managing Associate Laura Hablous and Associate Andrew Lee to discuss their experiences crossing the ditch from New Zealand to Australia. Laura and Andrew discuss career progression, the logistics of qualification and what it's like to start a whole new life in a whole new city (on top of a whole new job).

The power of pro bono

The power of pro bono

July 23, 2020

Our pro bono work is one of the topics we get the most questions about from prospective clerks and grads. In this episode, Geneva and Caitlin catch up with Nicky Friedman, our Director of Community Engagement, and James Daniel, Associate and Sydney Pro Bono Coordinator, to talk all things pro bono. What sort of pro bono legal work does Allens do? How does it happen? How do junior lawyers get involved? How did Caitlin score a pro bono secondment so soon after starting as a grad (and from the comfort of home)?

 

Explore our pro bono and community work to find out more.

The Allens Career Deal

The Allens Career Deal

July 9, 2020

New partners Felicity McMahon and Tristan Iredell discuss their journeys to partnership, the Allens Career Deal, and how culture can help a home feel like a workplace during lockdown (even if you're sitting on a dining chair in your childhood bedroom).

Find out more about the Allens Career Deal

Keeping connected during COVID-19

Keeping connected during COVID-19

April 30, 2020

From admiring colleagues' pets to growing bad beards, Partner Tim Stewart and Lawyer Claire Watson discuss working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tim and Claire recount their experience of the firm-wide transition to working from home and share tips on remaining connected and engaged with Geneva Sekula and new co-host Caitlin Burke.

The Allens and Linklaters global alliance

The Allens and Linklaters global alliance

March 19, 2020

In late 2019, hosts Roseanna Bricknell and Geneva Sekula had the opportunity to catch up with Linklaters Counsel (and former Allens employee) Andrew Marshall. Andrew reflects on his experience transitioning from Allens in Australia to the Linklaters office in London and explains what being part of a global alliance means in practice for all Allens employees.

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