Episode 178 – Privacy Law, perfectionism and remote working before that was even a thing with Rebecca Murray
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing lawyer Rebecca Murray. Rebecca is a privacy lawyer these days running her own consultancy in an area of practice I can safely say I knew nothing about! I sense this is my last ‘in person’ interview for a while- Rebecca and I sat down a few weeks ago before our truly isolated world began and it was a timely conversation- both from the area of work she practices in but also because Rebecca has been a remote worker for a long time and so her tips on managing the work from home thing have taken on a whole new meaning now!
Rebecca is another wonderful example of the many different ways we can all be lawyers- her career pathway was not what she expected but by following opportunities she has built a niche in a fast growing space for the future. And like so many of my guests she has found her happiness in law by building rituals into her life that promote her wellness- meditation, understanding the limitations of perfectionism and having a ‘gor for it’ attitude that has got her this far and will be essential in the months of uncertainty ahead.
- If Rebecca was not a lawyer she would have been an English literature professor.
- Rebecca was born and bred in Brisbane with the exception of a few years in the UK.
- As a child, Rebecca always fought for fair andknew at 15 that she wanted to be a lawyer.
- After school, she completed a law degree at QUT here in Brisbane. She shared with me her experiences at university and the challenges that can come with that well known trait amongst lawyers- perfectionism.
- The shift we have seen in law land with remote working and Rebecca’s perspective on future change for our industry.
- Rebecca’s first job in the government space in the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
- Rebecca’s advice to legal graduates as they consider the multiple pathways into law.
- Rebecca gained her experience by working in government sectors including at the Ombudsman’s Office and the Department of Environmental Science and Worker’s Compensation.
- Finally, Rebecca started her role at the Information Commissioner where she was responsible for reviewing information requests- an area tht has fast led to her specialty.
- Reaising there was a gap in the market, Rebecca started her own consultancy firm RTI Consultants.
- Rebecca’s journey to starting a firm that focuses’ on rights to information.
- The layers of privacy protection Rebecca predicts with the emerge of COVID-19.
- Rebecca’s perspective on why the rights to information sector has grown so much over the last few years.
- Rebecca’s other loves in life outside of law.
- Meditation has become a large part of Rebecca’s life so she can focus and de-stress. She recommends the ‘Calm‘ app
- Rebecca describes herself as a perfectionist and gives us her tips for stepping away from a negative thought space.
- Managing the boundaries of home and work as we all work remotely.
- Rebecca’s Happiness Tip.
Sit back and enjoy this interview with Rebecca Murray.