|Up Close - Jeannette Lim|
Jeannette Lim is an associate in Rodyk's Real Estate Practice Group.
You have worked on several high profile cases since you started your professional life at Rodyk. Tell Life@Rodyk what practice has been like as a young litigator at the firm.
Practice at Rodyk has been nothing short of exhilarating. I completed pupillage at Rodyk and have been very happily practising at its litigation and arbitration practice group after getting called to the bar.
A typical day at the office begins with a quick scan of my email inbox and the fax in-tray to see if there is correspondence (from clients or opponents!) which requires urgent attention. Working life in our practice group is never leisurely. Much of my calendar (like any other associate in the firm) is jammed packed with client meetings, court appointments and urgent deadlines. Sometimes I have to spend the entire day (or even weeks) in court. During such times, I rely on my Blackberry to keep in touch with what's going on in office. There are also days which are spent on intense research or drafting.
If you are someone who looks forward to a daily adrenaline rush and relishes problem solving, you should consider litigation as a career. Also, as our practice group provides a very wide array of services spanning many practice areas, a junior associate will never get bored doing "just one kind of work".
Could you share a favourite anecdote or two about your work experience and anything that has inspired you?
Nothing is more satisfying than having clients thank you for the services that you have rendered them. When that happens, it’s a reminder that the law is not merely academic (or even a business), but ultimately the law has to serve people and help them solve their problems.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to those about to embark on their legal careers that you wish someone had given you?
One thing I have learnt from senior practitioners is to expect the unexpected. While planning is important, it is also important to recognise that nothing ever goes according to plan!