Graduate stories


Wonder what it's like to be a graduate at Hall & Wilcox? Our graduates share their insights.

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Andrew Banks
Pro bono

After spending four months in the Pro Bono & Community team during his graduate year, Andrew has now settled permanently into the team. He takes us through a typical day, from drafting unfair dismissal applications to attending drop-in pro bono clinics, book-ended by firm-provided breakfast and a trivia quiz.

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Jonathon Brooking
Smarter Law

Jonathon Brooking’s first year out of university wasn’t what he expected. Jonathon quickly got used to working remotely, after COVID-19 forced lockdowns, and he took the opportunity to work in Legal Operations and learn more about our approach to Smarter Law.

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Tamara Charlwood

Tamara takes us through a day in graduate life in our Melbourne office, from researching taxation rulings and helping establish a trust fund for a charity through to quiz and Friday night drinks.

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Lauren Muscio

Lauren shares her story as a graduate in our Brisbane office. One highlight was that our pro bono program allowed her to maintain connections with community legal services across matters outside her specific specialisation.

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Lily Porceddu

When Lily met her graduate colleagues in early 2020, little did she know it was the one of the last times she’d see 36 people in one room for over a year. She shares her very different ‘Cograd-19’ experience.

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Charlie Renney

Charlie reflects on his time as a graduate in our Melbourne office. From growing up in Berriwillock to working in Collins Street, he believes your roots and educational experiences equip you better for your graduate year than you might think.

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Nicholas Salagaras

Originally from Adelaide, Nicholas completed his graduate year in our Darwin office. He reflects on what he’s learned through working in a busy practice and unique jurisdiction.

Life as a graduate series

Working in a transactional team

Our graduates who rotated through transactional teams share their insights about what role graduates play in transactions.

Appearing in court

Some teams are transactional and others more litigious. Our graduates who have rotated through litigation teams faced the challenge of their first appearance in court.

Culture eats strategy for breakfast

Our graduates explore the Hall & Wilcox ‘Hallmarks’ and how the firm’s inclusive and collegiate culture is embedded into daily life.

Legal innovation

Our graduates have heard the buzz words thrown around in the legal industry and university as the new must have accessory of the season. Unlike the fad of pink being the new black, legal innovation is here to stay.

Top tips

Our graduates reflect on the five key lessons they have learnt during their first few months of private practice.