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Dec 19, 2023

Mary-Ann de Mestre has created a dual vocational pathway for herself as both a legal academic and law firm owner. It’s a journey she strongly feels others can replicate, in ways that make sense to them, if they are proactive, self-aware and on top of their schedules.

In this episode of The Protégé Podcast, host Jerome Doraisamy is joined by Macquarie University academic and M de Mestre Lawyers founder Mary-Ann de Mestre to discuss managing the juggle between academic and firm-owner life, why having two different (but complementary vocational pathways) is so meaningful for her, what she’s hoping to achieve with her newly launched firm, and taking a more modern approach to boutique practice.

Ms de Mestre also details seeing legal education as part and parcel of her mindset as a small-business owner, how her practice aids her academic approach, how to wear multiple hats at once, creating a meaningful career journey for one’s self, how those coming through the ranks can build the best career possible for themselves, asking the right questions of one’s self, and redefining what a legal career can look like.

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