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BGSOBA Virtual Professional Networking Event – Law

Thanks to the Old Boys who participated in the recent Virtual Professional Networking Event focused on Law.

Stuart Rees ’79 moderated a panel featuring Scott McLeod ’84, Simon Tolhurst ’87, James Green ’03 and Oscar Higgins ’15.

Our panellists had some great advice for Old Boys starting out in their careers, including:

  • Make connections and develop relationships as networks are invaluable
  • Be prepared to work hard
  • Explore different areas of Law
  • Recognise you are part of a profession and act accordingly
  • Act in the best interests of your client
  • Ask questions and know what the expectations are
  • Don’t stress about university results. Your degree will get you a job, and practical experience will open doors

For Old Boys interested in the bar, James Green and Scott McLeod provide the following advice:

  • If working towards the bar, it is good to have experience in big law firms
  • If interested in the bar, accept all work rather than focusing on areas of interest
  • Have a three to five-year plan
  • Have a good work/life balance. Have another interest such as a sport or cultural group
  • Give it go. If you don’t enjoy the bar, it is no loss to go back to be a solicitor or to change your career.

All of our panellists can be reached through Brisbane Grammar Connect if you wish to contact them directly.

Virtual Professional Networking Events will continue to be a feature of the BGS Old Boys’ Association program. If you wish to nominate a topic or assist in organising an event, please contact the Alumni and Community Relations Manager at







  • The Grammarian - October 2020

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