Clarendon Lawyers was thrilled to welcome two new Graduate Lawyers to the firm: Nikhil Sachdev and Laura Chesney in March 2020. With the developments of covid-19, Nik and Laura have embraced the challenge of commencing their professional careers while working from home.
Nik completed a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. Throughout his studies, Nik developed an interest in world affairs and was involved in founding a non-profit think tank for international relations students. In his spare time, Nik enjoys squash, video games and cooking.
Laura has completed a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) at Deakin University. Throughout her degree, Laura embraced her love for travel by studying in England as well as living in Canada and completing her ski instructor certificate. Laura enjoys being active and has played football for three years. Her other hobbies include running and photography.
Clarendons has supported new starters by conducting regular firm-wide “town hall” meetings, and regular catch ups with lawyers and directors online or by phone. Wellbeing has been prioritised with frequent check ins, which have all been instrumental to ensuring a seamless transition to a flexible working from home model.
In terms of adjusting to the working from home environment, Nik stated that he has been actively engaging with colleagues, which has yielded rewards of quick learning and good relationships. Laura stated that, “Working from home after only a week at the firm was a very strange feeling. With the help of Zoom, I’ve been able to build relationships over the last few months and everyone at the firm has been incredibly supportive, making for a smooth transition.”
Tony Symons said of the appointment, “We were thrilled to welcome Nik and Laura as new additions to the team in March. Adapting to a working from home model has demonstrated how nimble our firm is, where we have focused on supporting team members while continuing to add value to our clients. Nik and Laura have risen to the occasion and have embraced change in an impressive way. We look forward to supporting their ongoing development as young lawyers.”