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Amelia Fleming

Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills
"Law involves the use of a lot of analytical skills and logic"

My role

I am a senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills, working in the Sydney Banking & Projects group. My work mainly relates to infrastructure and project financing transactions.

A typical day

The transactions I work on are quite diverse, from large public private partnership bids, sales of businesses and financing transactions, through to discrete pieces of advice or drafting stand-alone contracts. There can be real variety day-to-day, although there is usually quite a bit of reading involved (and lots of emails)! I also, draft contracts and advices, attend meetings and negotiations, have phone calls with clients and supervise junior solicitors. Law involves the use of a lot of analytical skills and logic (particularly in drafting contracts), so I find my maths background useful.

What I like most

It may sound clichéd, but the team I work with is great – as we often spend a lot of time together, this makes my job much more enjoyable. I also enjoy learning about my clients’ industries, which in infrastructure can be very diverse and raise some interesting legal and practical issues. My recent transactions have involved power stations, gold mines, hospitals, prisons, sports stadiums, ports and train systems, to name a few.    

How I got here

While at UNSW, I started working at Herbert Smith Freehills as a paralegal in the Litigation group. Through this, I was offered a position in the graduate program, which then involved rotating through two practice areas – this has now been expanded to three rotations.

Hours per week

This depends on what (and how many) transactions I am working on, and what stage they are at. A standard week may be about 50 hours, but when it gets busy, late nights and sometimes weekends at work are common. 

Salary range

As you get more experienced, your salary can vary within a large range depending on where you work and how you perform.





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