Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Nov 8, 2021

Suzy Cairney has seen a lot of shipping containers in her time but the most memorable one was in the foyer of a French shipping agency, transformed into a giant shark tank.

“That was brilliant advertising, you knew exactly what you were getting into when you negotiated with those guys.”

The former European Legal Counsel for the Port of Singapore, has worked in several in-house roles in Australia and overseas and is now a partner at Sparke Helmore in Brisbane.

She speaks to Alex Correa about the family priorities which saw her choose Australia over her homeland Scotland, how helping build something is better than endless litigation and why her eyes light up when she talks about supply chains!

Suzy also details the diagnosis which changed her approach without ever changing her attitude.

“I would not suggest that cancer was something anybody wants .. however, I'm actually quite grateful for the experience.”

“You do mature, maybe grow into yourself a little bit and I really think that changing perspective is something that has been a surprise for me.”


  • Working in-house for multi-national companies 
  • Practicing law in Europe, Asia, and Australia    
  • Life as a law firm partner        
  • Women in engineering and construction  
  • Maintaining wellness while practicing law

Enjoyed the podcast? Share and Enjoy! 


Host: Alex Correa - Career Coach in Law

Brought to you by Alex Correa Executive  

With thanks to our guest : Suzy Cairney

Friends in Law is edited and engineered by Cold Ghost (aka Fletcher Babb)  Produced by Bern Young