Craig Halangoda, Lawyer, Brisbane shares his career journey, hints and tips.

Craig is a Lawyer at MinterEllison in the Capital Solutions team (Financial Services).

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I studied Law & Finance at university, and in my penultimate year started at Minters as a Vacation Clerk. I’ve been at Minters for just over 3.5 years now – time flies!

What rotations have you done?

My first rotation was in Capital Solutions. I was able to do a diverse range of Financial Services work in this rotation for a wide range of clients (ranging from banks to investment funds) and loved it so much I settled.

My second rotation was in Projects, Infrastructure & Construction, which was also really interesting given all the work translated into real tangible buildings and city infrastructure. My last rotation was actually a client secondment to ING, which was an amazing experience that taught me a lot, both from a legal and commercial perspective.

What was it that attracted you to MinterEllison?

Apart from the standard benefits of a top law firm (e.g. the clients and work), I really liked the culture at Minters.

Everyone that I know is down to earth, friendly and always up for a non-work related chat. There is also a really strong culture of bringing your whole self to work, which I really liked because it meant everyone brought their unique and diverse personality traits to everyday work life. There’s also a lot of different extra-curricular activities available and committees to join (including a bunch of sporting teams), which meant there was always something extra to get involved in!

What has been a highlight at work for you?

Honestly, the work. In my team I always have a diverse range of work for some great clients. There is a broad range of regulations within Financial Services ranging from Anti-Money Laundering, Privacy & Licensing to Funds and even Cryptocurrency. This means my days never look the same, and even within the same day, I’m putting on different (legal) hats.

How has the team at MinterEllison helped to support you?

I think the biggest thing that Minters has given me is mentorship and the support I need to grow and learn as a lawyer. The supportive environment, the willingness of senior lawyers to invest in junior lawyers and the opportunities provided, have helped me to learn and grow really quickly. A massive part of that was the Graduate program, which facilitated learning through general legal business skill sessions and the rotations.

The supportive environment, the willingness of senior lawyers to invest in junior lawyers and the opportunities provided, have helped me to learn and grow really quickly.”  

Do you have any advice for those going through the clerkship process?

Be yourself and pursue what interests you. The interviews and applications might be daunting but it’s important to stay true to yourself and find the firm that’s the best fit for you.

Get to know as many people as possible through any profession/firm events, like the careers expo’s/fairs, cocktail nights and meet the profession events.

Be enthusiastic and willing to learn.


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