Episode 90 – Happily living out a life in the Law with Alison Allen
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing my colleague Alison Allen. Alison is a Collaborative Family Lawyer here in my firm at Brisbane Family Law Centre. As I have been off having a baby over the last few months I have probably only spent 1 full day with Alison since she joined our firm! It was really lovely to be able to sit down with Alison and get to know her a little better.
Alison and I share so many interests from Gorman clothing to Rollie shoes and dancing- all of which I did not know until recently! But we also have in common a deep love for the work that we do as lawyers. Alison is a talented Lawyer, with a real passion for Family Law and for helping others, however she does not allow this consume her life outside of the law. I have come to learn that Alison is ‘unflappable’ at work- she maintains her calm no matter the situation and in this interview I explored just how she has come to do this.
Alison and her husband Brad (and his amazing baking skills) have been a welcome addition to the team at BFLC and I am glad I had the chance to interview her this week.
Alison Allen and I also spoke about:
- If Alison was not a lawyer she would have been a hair dresser, which surprised me, I thought she would have been a ballroom dancer!
- Alison grew up in Ipswich and shares with us her experience growing up there.
- A trip to court when Alison was young founded her dream to be become a lawyer.
- Alison moved to Brisbane to complete her dual degree of commerce and law.
- Alison’s passion for dancing – surprise surprise we have bonded over this!
- Starting out at the age of 4, Alison has become a wonderful ballroom dancer and has been able to keep this a part of her life even now.
- Her decision to pursue her first role in law far from home in Mackay, North Queensland.
- Life as a lawyer in a regional Centre vs the City.
- We diverted onto the topic of fashion in the legal sector because… well just because!
- Trends in the legal practice between Brisbane and Mackay
- Alison tells us how she met her husband in Mackay in a ballroom dancing class!
- The dynamic in our office with our colleagues, we call it the BFLC family.
- What has helped Alison get through those more difficult momentsas a lawyer.
- Alison’s tips for staying calm in a stressful environment.
- Happiness in the law and for Alison’s life outside of the law.
- Alison gives us some tips for lawyers starting out in their legal career.
- Creative endevours and, again, the importance of having a creative outlet.
- Those who have influenced Alison’s career.
- Alison’s Happiness Tip!
Sit back and enjoy this interview with Alison Allen.
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Listen to last week’s episode here