Eye On the Prize: Fast Track to Partnership
Becoming a Partner in a firm is seen by many lawyers as being the pinnacle of success in their legal career and a goal that they will be prepared to spend years working towards. Most would think that the idea of reaching this achievement in under 10 years would be unrealistic or perhaps impossible.
It would appear that Mark Faraday has made the impossible possible, being named a Partner at one of Sydney’s most experienced commercial law firms only eight years after graduating from a UTS Law degree.
Mark started working with Kemp Strang during his studies at UTS and was able to successfully balance a part-time workload with full-time study. This allowed him to explore his interests in the law on both a practical and academic level and to realise what area he was most interested in.
“When I studied law at UTS, the classes and curriculum had a very practical focus. I obtained a job as a law clerk at Kemp Strang two years before I finished my degree and being able to incorporate a part-time legal job into my university workload really helped me to get the most out of my studies,” said Mark.
“Shortly after joining Kemp Strang's dispute resolution and insolvency team, I studied insolvency at UTS, which was taught by Jason Harris. Jason has an encyclopaedic knowledge of insolvency law but also an ability to explain its complicated concepts in clear terms. Jason's classes really consolidated for me that I was in a good place work-wise,” said Mark.
Mark chose to complete his Practical Legal Training at UTS and was therefore able to gain admission as a lawyer shortly after graduating from his degree. This allowed him to secure employment as a solicitor at Kemp Strang straight away so that he could continue to build upon his skills and develop his professional career.
While Mark admits that he has found his new role as a Partner to be “a little bit more stressful” he finds the work incredibly satisfying, particularly when things go well.
“The legal work is similar but my role in our team is now more focussed on finding new work and getting the best out of our team of lawyers. What is already obvious is that a critical part of performing well will be making sure that all of the clients and lawyers who I work with know that they are truly valued and respected and I hope my skills and personality help them to feel this way.”
As a former representative cricket player, Mark particularly enjoys being part of a team and believes that his background in competitive sport has allowed him to thrive and to manage pressure and conflict in a productive way.
Looking to the future, Mark believes that he will continue to face new challenges as a Partner that must be overcome to ensure that his firm is able to provide consistently high quality services to their clients.
“I think that the biggest challenge for lawyers in the coming decades will be continually assessing the way that we work to ensure that we are incorporating useful new technologies and strategies that will deliver great value to clients, but also staying true to tried and tested fundamentals of good practice.”
Despite the demands of his role as a Partner Mark has been able to maintain his relationships with friends and with his wife and to continue to practice his own unique way of managing stress.
“My wife, Sarah, and I have similarly hectic professional lives so, whilst we can be ships in the night sometimes, we have a true appreciation of what the other has going on and we try and help each other out as much as possible. I still play cricket and I have just joined a golf club, so smacking a ball with a bat or a club will continue to be my method of escape.”
Story by: Jessie Goldie
Photo: Kemp Strang website
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