September 2018 | Meg Aitken, Lawyer, Labour, Employment & Workplace Safety, K & L Gates 

I became a lawyer because …

…I supplemented my BA in Psychology with an LLB and ended up loving law. Psychology taught me to understand people, and law taught me to think critically and be analytical. Dealing with the human issues involved with safety and employment law was a natural fit.

I am really proud of …

…the Dee's, for finally making the finals! As well as my personal and professional integrity, and the fact that I am always myself. 

You can have it all …

...just not all at once. It has taken me a long time to realise that the key is not to prioritise your schedule, but to arrange your schedule according to what you prioritise. There are only 24 hours in a day!

I am extremely grateful for …

…too many things to mention, including my coffee in the morning and my run along the Yarra to work, life is better when you appreciate the little things. 

 

A key mentor who influenced my career is …

…my parents, who taught me the value of hard work, the importance of being able to laugh and not taking yourself too seriously, and the notion that nothing worth having comes easy.

If I wasn’t a lawyer …

...I would be a catering and events planner, or a restaurant critic.

Before I started at K & L Gates …

….I was hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, eating tacos in Mexico, drinking red wine in Argentina, exploring the Amazon and running half marathons.

The best advice I ever received was ...

….pleasure in the job, puts perfection in the work. 

 

One of the key legal initiatives I am involved in …

...the K&L Gates' extensive and rewarding pro bono program.

 

Outside of the law …

…you'll find me at the MCG cheering on the (recently) 'mighty' Dees, or at my own women's footy game having a run on the wing for the Old Carey Panthers' Women's team.

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