Laura and Hanna
Q. What motivated you to join an in-house team rather than a firm?
Laura: When you work in a firm you can be brought into client's matters quite late in the piece or even just for discrete parts of larger transactions. Working in-house gives you the opportunity to be involved in projects from inception to completion and to really see how your work has an impact on the outcome. When you;re an external adviser you can often miss out on sharing in the successes (of failures) of the client, so it's great to feel like an integral part of a team. And of course, not having a timesheet hanging over your head is pretty great.
Hanna: It is also great to be able to work on a diverse range of matters, and alongside individuals with different specialities and backgrounds. In a law firm, you get the opportunity to learn and develop your legal skills under some very experienced and talented lawyers, whilst in-house develops your commercial knowledge and broadens your perspective in providing legal advice.
Q. Why would you recommend Swisse as a workplace?
Laura: Even though Swisse (and our parent company, H&H) is quite big and spans multiple jurisdictions, I've never felt like a "number". Even the very senior managers and executives treat you like a colleague and always show respect to your voice and your ideas.
Hanna: The people at Swisse are a big part of what makes it a great place to work. Swisse has a very unique culture, which values the wellbeing of its team members. From weekly team lunches, to yoga, meditation and group fitness classes, work-life balance is at the forefront of Swisse's business model.
Q. What is your greatest achievement whilst working here?
H&L: Our team is lucky to have a few legal successes under our belt, but possibly our most memorable achievement was when we were recognised by Lawyers Weekly as the "Healthcare, Phramaceuticals and Biotech Team of the Year" at this year's Corporate Counsel Awards. It was great to be recognised by both the legal industry, and our own company, who proudly shared our success with the global team.
Q. Do you have any advice for young female lawyers starting out in their careers?
Laura: As terrifying as it sounds, you need to put yourself outside of your comfort zone. It's great to be aware of, and honest about, your strengths and weaknesses. However, weaknesses aren't permanent and can be fixed by experience - so seek out the experience! Also, remember that nobody is going to give you anything you haven't asked for.
Hanna: I was lucky enough to start my career at a great firm with some very talented lawyers, who are now some of my closest friends. If the opportunity is available to you, starting out at a firm is a great way to develop your skills and give you a solid foundation for your future career, even if that career is outside of the law. And as you rise up the ranks, don't forget to treat others how you would like to be treated - the legal industry is surprisingly small!