LADY LAWYERS TAK­ING ON THE BOYS’ CLUB

Fe­male lawyers lead the way as more women break ‘boys’ club’ stereo­type

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IN WHAT used to be a pre­dom­i­nantly male-dom­i­nated in­dus­try, two Bund­aberg woman feel for­tu­nate to be at the fore­front of a chang­ing so­ci­ety.

Hard work and ded­i­ca­tion is pay­ing off for lawyers Char­lotte Car­ro­dus, 25, and Danielle Brit­ton, 28, who have worked at Finemore Wal­ters & Story for five and 11 years re­spec­tively.

The duo have both been ap­pointed as As­so­ciates within the firm.

It’s a role of se­nior­ity that al­lows them to as­sist fu­ture so­lic­i­tors, as well as high­light­ing their own skills and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Man­ag­ing part­ner for the firm Ge­off Ebert said the firm’s cur­rent grad­u­a­tion rate of fe­male so­lic­i­tors out­stripped males by a ra­tio of about two to one. Ms Brit­ton said she felt lucky to be able to wit­ness and be part of the women who are tip­ping the scales and choos­ing a ca­reer path in law.

She said she’d seen an in­crease in se­nior-rank­ing ladies across Bund­aberg after work­ing for more than a decade with the com­pany.

“It’s a good in­di­ca­tion of that change, and that’s prob­a­bly one of the big rea­sons I have stayed here be­cause it’s hard to break into this ‘boys’ club’, to a de­gree,” she said.

“It is a good thing.”

She cov­ers prop­erty, busi­ness and com­mer­cial trans­ac­tions.

It’s a role which saw her have a hand in the head­line-mak­ing sale of the en­tire town of Al­lies Creek, 76km south of Mun­dub­bera, last year.

Ms Car­ro­dus is pas­sion­ate about fam­ily law, with her role cov­er­ing prop­erty set­tle­ments, par­ent­ing mat­ters be­tween sep­a­rat­ing cou­ples, di­vorces and the oc­ca­sional do­mes­tic vi­o­lence mat­ter.

She loves it so much that she also vol­un­teers her free time do­ing free 20-minute con­sul­ta­tions with Tay­lor Street Com­mu­nity Le­gal Ser­vice, as­sist­ing peo­ple who seek le­gal ad­vice but don’t have the re­sources to ac­cess it.

“I firmly be­lieve that ev­ery­one should have ac­cess to le­gal ad­vice and that’s one of the things that I would like to keep do­ing, which keeps me in­ter­ested,” she said.

She said four years ago she had ex­pected her time with the firm to be short, now this is her fifth year and she hap­pily said she isn’t go­ing any­where.

Photo: Toni Ben­son-Rogan

PAS­SION­ATE: Char­lotte Car­ro­dus loves fam­ily law and strongly be­lieves ev­ery­one should have ac­cess to le­gal ad­vice.

Photo: Toni Ben­son-Rogan

RECOG­NIS­ING SUC­CESS: Danielle Brit­ton is one of two lawyers at Finemore Wal­ters & Story to be given a se­nior role.

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