I grew up in Scone, NSW where I lived for most of my life before I got accepted into a Law degree at the University of Newcastle. I didn’t own a horse, but my grandparents did own a farm, where I spent plenty of time growing up.
Until I was in year 9, I always planned that I was going to be a Japanese teacher. I studied Japanese all the way through high school and went on a short exchange to Japan. However, around the same time that I did work experience as a Japanese teacher, I also participated in a mock trial competition and it became clear to me that I wanted to be a lawyer and not a teacher. I liked the idea of having the practical skills to be able help people in their time of need and make a difference.
I was over the moon when I was accepted into my chosen degree and after finishing the HSC I packed up and moved to Newcastle, where I spent the next five years studying. Whilst I was in my first year of study, I was lucky enough to obtain a job in a boutique law firm in Scone, so I travelled home and worked three days per week. It was in this job that I worked on my first medical negligence case, involving a young woman who had cerebral palsy because of a delay in delivery at the time of her birth. Assisting on this case (albeit only photocopying at the time) ignited a passion for helping people who had suffered medical negligence. A couple of years later I was offered a job at a boutique medical negligence firm in Newcastle where I worked for almost two years as a paralegal and was exposed to a variety of medical negligence cases.
I had always wanted to find out what the “big smoke” was all about and so on completion of my degree, I packed up again and moved to Sydney. For two years, I worked in the medical negligence team at a national personal injury firm, predominately working on one of the largest women’s health class actions in Australia.
In April 2020, I did the “Novocastrian” thing and returned home to Newcastle and got married! I was lucky enough to be offered a position as a lawyer in the Medical Negligence team at The Law Office of Conrad Curry, working with some very talented solicitors and mentors. I am enjoying my role and look forward to assisting members of the Newcastle and Central Coast communities with their legal cases, as well as becoming involved in the Newcastle community again.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing indoor netball, snowboarding, travelling, reading a good book or spending time with my husband, Aaron and our Tamaruke, Myla.