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Careers in Law – Uppma Virdi

Careers in Law – Uppma Virdi

Welcome to the YLS Professional Development Committee’s monthly feature blog, “Careers in Law”. This month the Committee interviewed Uppma Virdi.

Name: Uppma Virdi
Firm:  Clearpoint Counsel
Position: Legal Counsel

Why did you decide to pursue a legal career?

I chose to pursue law because it affects every part of our lives, and I see it as a skill set to help individuals achieve solutions and help businesses attain clarity and efficiency.

How did you get your first job in the law?

I was a third-year law student studying for my mid-year exams at home when a lady came over to drop something off. She asked me what I was studying and I said law. Coincidentally, she was a business manager of a legal team. Shortly after, she invited me for an interview and I was offered a legal support position in her team.

How and when did you move into your current position?

I came across Clearpoint Counsel last year and immediately knew it was the place for me. Clearpoint revolutionises legal services to meet the demands of new economy businesses by providing outsourced legal services on fixed-fee retainer.

I phoned the director, Joel Cranshaw, to arrange a meeting. After meeting with him and the team, I kept in touch and since January I’ve been working here as a legal counsel.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

My team – their support, guidance, mentorship and friendship makes every day at work rewarding. Our approach at Clearpoint is to collaborate and work closely with our clients, whose values align with ours, to bring about the best outcome and results for them.

What are the biggest challenges you face?

When challenges arise, my seniors give me the guidance and support I need to tackle those challenges and grow from them.

What advice would you give to people wanting to practice in your area?

Be authentically you. Take time to figure out what kind of culture you want to be a part of and how you envision your professional and personal growth. Being you is the most important thing you can do for yourself.

What has been the best career advice you have received to date?

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” – Neil Gaiman

Do you have a mentor/s?

I do! I am lucky enough to call many people mentors for different aspects of my life.

If you had your time again would you do anything different?

I received a scholarship to study in Austria for a semester during university. Travelling challenges us. It is vital to our personal growth, maturity and independence. If I had my time again I would have stayed there for another semester!

What do you like to do outside of the law?

Outside of law I run my own chai business called Chai Walli, which recently appeared on Porsche Australia’s blog! I also enjoy doing yoga, painting, going for long drives in the Victorian countryside and visiting the latest Broadsheet recommendations for food and coffee.

What is your favourite legal TV show or movie and why?

Gandhi – the movie explores how Mohandas Gandhi used politics, justice and spirituality to achieve freedom for his people through passive resistance. It was moving to see how politics pushed Gandhi deeper into becoming a spiritual leader. We generally think spirituality and law don’t co-exist but this true story explores the deep-rooted connection between them.

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