Pros­e­cu­tor to crime lawyer

PD Law wel­comes El­iz­a­beth to the team

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WHEN El­iz­a­beth Smith was at school she knew she liked to ar­gue and ne­go­ti­ate. So when the time came to de­cide what to do with her­self, a ca­reer in law seemed like the right fit.

El­iz­a­beth at­tended Bond Univer­sity and stud­ied for her Bach­e­lor of Laws.

And dur­ing this time she took her chance to hone her skills.

“Univer­sity was a great time for me to learn and find like minded peo­ple and some role mod­els,” she said.

When she grad­u­ated in 2008, El­iz­a­beth joined a re­gional law prac­tice in her home town and this is where she was ad­mit­ted as a solic­i­tor and made her first ap­pear­ances in court.

“Ev­ery­one thinks they know what it will be like be­cause they watch the law dra­mas on TV, but it’s re­ally very dif­fer­ent, not nearly as glam­orous,” she said.

In her three years she be­came the Le­gal Aid Duty Lawyer help­ing fi­nan­cially dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple.

“I felt that by be­ing the provider of le­gal aid sup­port I was able to per­form a role that pro­vides as­sis­tance to those most in need, who might not have the know-how to deal with these mat­ters them­selves,” she said.

In 2011 El­iz­a­beth moved into a ca­reer that would take her into court on a more reg­u­lar ba­sis.

As the civil­ian pros­e­cu­tor for the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice in the Whit­sun­day re­gion, El­iz­a­beth ded­i­cated six years to en­sur­ing peo­ple abided by the law.

“This was a par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing time for me and one which of­fered up a var­ied but re­ward­ing day to day role,” she said.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing as pros­e­cu­tor in 2016 to have her first child, El­iz­a­beth sought a more fam­ily friendly role.

“I am so pleased to be join­ing the team at PD Law fo­cus­ing on crim­i­nal law. I feel I have so much to of­fer with my ex­pe­ri­ences so far,” she said.

“There is so much op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence in this role.”

El­iz­a­beth will be work­ing at the PD Law of­fice at Co­ral Es­planade on Can­non­vale Beach.

If in need of le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion or sup­port she is avail­able on 4946 6670 or phone con­sul­ta­tions and face to face meet­ings can be booked on­line by us­ing the “Con­tact Us” but­ton on www.pd­law.com.au

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

CRIM­I­NAL LAWYER: El­iz­a­beth Smith has joined the team at PD Law.

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