Daniel Butler graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws. He worked in Chartered Accounting and for Baker & McKenzie before starting DBA Lawyers, a leading self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) law firm. They also provide advice on tax, companies and trusts issues. He’ll be returning to Melbourne Uni this year as a lecturer in taxation and superannuation funds.
I have a photo of myself taken on the day I found out I was really doing it; I was going to law school. My skin is clear, my face is beaming, my hair is shiny and there is a distinct glimmer of hope and pride in my twinkling eyes.
I remember the day vividly. I received an early offer and in a state of shock and utter confusion, printed it and asked my boss to double-check what it what in fact telling me. With a grin, he walked around his desk, hugged me and said “Congratulations! You are going to be brilliant!” My mum took me out to a little Italian place down Little Lonsdale Street and we toasted my success and obvious brilliance. That summer, family BBQs were filled with, “well done counsellor”, “great work Your Honour”, and the occasional “how are you going to manage parenting a toddler, working and now law school?”
Rachel studied Arts/Law before completing a Master of Laws, specialising in international law. She is currently working in Berlin as the in-house counsel for a European agri-foods company operating in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her varied role takes in corporate matters, M&A, employment and even property transactions in Africa. There’s travel, a great view over Berlin and there’s always something to keep her busy.
Before heading to Berlin, Rachel worked in Canberra for the federal government in Department of Agriculture, and most recently, the Australian Agency for International Development in legal and policy roles.
Not only are exam marks due out at any moment, but also the holiday season is now officially upon us! There’s the last-minute dash for presents, that niggling worry about how you went last semester, plus summer school classes or holiday work experience to fit in. At times like this, we all need a good lawyer joke!