April 2018 | Kylie Walsh, Senior Associate, Public Law (Compliance and Enforcement), Maddocks 

I became a lawyer because …

...I will be honest and confess that my passion for the law started with crime tv shows (!!).  I have always been fascinated by crime, in particular true crime, and this fascination led me to becoming a police officer.  I was also a police prosecutor during my time with Victoria Police.  It seemed like a natural progression to start my law degree.

I am really proud of …

the last 4.5 years during which I have had two children and taken on more responsibility for the management and development of the compliance and enforcement practice of the firm.

You can have it all …

but it depends on what having it all means to you. You need to focus on what matters to you and makes you happy and then do what works for you and your family.   

I am extremely grateful for …

the support from my husband and mum and a career at Maddocks in an area of law that I am so passionate about.

A key mentor who influenced my career is …

I have been lucky enough to meet many inspirational lawyers who have supported me in many different ways. A key mentor is my supervising partner for the last 8 years, John Rantino. John has not only given me the support and guidance that you would expect from a supervising partner, he has given me every opportunity to take on complex matters and be involved in the management and development of the practice. I am grateful for these opportunities and the trust and confidence John has shown in me.  

If I wasn’t a lawyer …

I’d be a pilates instructor. 

Before I started at Maddocks …

was a commercial lawyer at Clayton Utz and before that a police officer.

The best advice I ever received was ...

...to not worry about things you cant control (Im getting better at it but it is difficult to do).

One of the key legal initiatives I am involved in …

is developing and delivering seminars, training courses and other knowledge sharing initiatives to assist government agencies in the exercise of their compliance and enforcement functions. Being a lawyer in the compliance and enforcement space is not just about advising a client on a particular matter – it is also about giving back to government agencies through knowledge sharing and other initiatives.    

Outside of the law …

…I love spending time with my kids.  I also look forward to 8.00pm - when the kids are in bed and I can sit on the couch with my husband and watch Netflix at the end of a long day.

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