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LIV Young Lawyers Careers in Law profile: Lucinda Bordignon

LIV Young Lawyers Careers in Law profile: Lucinda Bordignon

By LIV Young Lawyers


Lucinda Bordignon practised as a lawyer before starting a legal research business, Lucinda Bordignon Legal Research Services. Lucinda is a member of the YL Professional Development Committee and Social Committee. The LIV Young Lawyers spoke with Lucinda about her career journey so far...  

Why did you decide to pursue a legal career?
I decided to study a Bachelor of Arts/Laws because I wanted to learn about the law. Studying law was a good fit with my French Major and International Relations Major that I completed for my Bachelor of Arts.

How did you get your first job in the law?
When completing my practical legal training – a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the Australian National University – I went to a law society Christmas networking function and met a solicitor who was helping her firm set up a new office. She was looking for a paralegal and I was available. I was offered a position as a solicitor when I was admitted, so it worked out well. Networking is incredibly important in the legal profession.

How and when did you move into your current position?
I have worked as a solicitor in different roles – in private practice and in house in federal government departments. I enjoyed the legal research aspect of practising. I did casual legal research work for barristers at the Victorian Bar in 2017, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I decided to start a business providing legal research services to clients which commenced in January this year.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Working with my clients. To date, my clients have been barristers at the Victorian Bar. My clients want legal research that is directly on-point to their case, succinctly summarised and completed in a timely fashion. I enjoy working with clients from diverse practice areas and who are at different stages in their career. My business focuses on my clients and providing them with excellent customer service.

What are the biggest challenges you face?
Legal research relies on using the latest sources of information. Accessing legal research databases that are constantly updated with the latest case law and commentary is imperative.

What advice would you give to people wanting to practice in your area?
The advice I would give specifically to those starting out in their legal career is to be proactive – take opportunities that come your way. For example, if you see a job advertised that is what you want to do, but you were planning to wait a few years before you took that step, apply for the job. If you are offered an interview, great. You never know, you might get the job. Just because it wasn’t exactly as you planned doesn’t mean you should disregard the opportunity. I would also take up any networking opportunities that you feel comfortable with. Finding a mentor can be invaluable – try to find someone who has experience in your area of practice and who you respect and get along well with.

What has been the best career advice you have received to date? 
To be open to and embrace new opportunities that come your way.

Did you have a mentor?
Yes. My managing partner was a great mentor. It was invaluable to work closely with someone who had a wealth of experience working in the legal profession and whom I had a great deal of respect for.

If you had your time again, would you do anything different?
No, I wouldn’t do anything differently. I don’t have any regrets – life is too short! When something hasn’t gone exactly as planned (which has happened), I have kept an open mind, learned from the experience and moved forward. Positive results can emanate from a situation that didn’t go well or exactly according to the plan.

What do you like to do outside the law?
I practise yoga and am part of a French conversation group that meets regularly. Work-life balance is so important, especially when starting out in the first few years of your legal career.

What is your favourite legal TV show or movie and why?
I have a few favourites! Rake, Judge John Deed and Silk. I enjoy watching the ins and outs of life at the bar.

The LIV Young Lawyers thanks Lucinda for her time.


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