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Oct 13, 2020

The typical career progression for a barrister involves admission to the bar after paying your dues as an instructing solicitor.

Margo Harris is not your typical barrister.

Her work in-house, both in the highly specialised field of maritime law in London and as a generalist in Australia, has given her a depth of knowledge that is, without a doubt, an extra tool on her belt.

It’s not how she planned her career, because Margo never had a business plan for her career.

Her move to the bar at a later stage in her life was the new challenge she craved and the opportunities that followed, include ticking off roles she’d only ever dreamed of.

“I was wanting a change I wanted to do something different as a new way of refreshing or finding a new challenge”

“As a young solicitor I thought wouldn’t it be marvelous to work at the United Nations and how sexy that would be but how thrilling would that be to meet all those people from all over the world .. I just thought, I’m just a kid from the bush, as if I’d get a look in.”

“You can never have too much experience and whatever ghastly job someone asks you to do, instead of thinking how ghastly is this? Think about what I can learn from this.”


Specialist versus generalist

Women at the bar, do they get fewer briefs?

The overseas experience - an Australian lawyer abroad and the return ticket

Networking and finding the next brief

The role of chance in career plans 

Transition from solicitor to barrister


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Host: Alex Correa - Career Coach in Law

Brought to you by Alex Correa Executive  

With thanks to our guest : Margo Harris 

Friends in Law is edited and engineered by Cold Ghost (aka Fletcher Babb)  Produced by Bern Young and thanks to Amelia Rees for the inspiration and nudge.