Australia: Five minutes with Jeremy Lee
Last Updated: 14 January 2017

Jeremy Lee, lawyer in our commercial team, has worked with Cooper Grace Ward for four months. We asked him to tell us in his own words what life at Cooper Grace Ward is like, and a few of his past experiences and favourite things.

  1. What made you decide to become a lawyer?

Becoming a swimmer went out the door when I clocked 1 minute 35 seconds for 50m backstroke as a youngster.

I was always outscored by 'sundries' playing cricket in primary school.

I was a fan of the TV show How I Met Your Mother and maybe I thought becoming a lawyer would provide me with the necessary legal basis in which to say 'lawyered' to my friends and family.

  1. How long have you worked at Cooper Grace Ward for and what brought you to that position?

I've worked with Cooper Grace Ward for 4 months now. In my previous life I was a tax accountant doing some similar work. I figured out that I preferred to tackle legal issues over compliance work.

  1. If you could invite three people for dinner, dead or alive who would they be and why?

Aziz Ansari – that guy is the funniest bloke alive and I'd like to pick his brain about what's in season 2 of Master of None.

Darren Lockyer – huge childhood hero. I don't rate my chances of blurting any words out to him; I'd probably be too star struck but I'd make sure he leaves dinner with a Strepsil.

Ed Sheeran – he'd have a pretty cool insight into the music industry and musicians seem to write their best music in the strangest places. I only hope he can one day tell the story of writing a number 1 hit when having dinner with some random dude along with Darren Lockyer and Aziz Ansari.

  1. Where's the best place to go for a drink or dinner after work?

Either Sake on Eagle Street Pier or Sono at Portside Wharf

  1. What's the best advice you've ever been given?

I wasn't personally given this advice but Steve Waugh, ex-Australian Cricket Captain when presenting baggy green caps to debutants always says, 'Attitude is contagious, is yours worth catching?'

I keep a replica baggy green hanging off the wall of my office to remind myself to come to work to learn, to be the person my colleagues want to work with and the person that clients want to go to for trusted professional advice.

  1. Do you have any hobbies/interests outside of work?

If I'm not playing some form of social sport I'm probably trying to learn something on guitar.

  1. Complete this sentence: If I wasn't a lawyer, I would be...

...writing for Betoota Advocate.

  1. What do you think will be single biggest issue facing the legal space in Australia in 2017?

Using innovative technology to continue to meet client expectations.

  1. What do you love about your job?

I love that the work we do makes a huge difference for our clients and that we continually strive to get the best outcomes for them.

  1. Something you might not know about me is that...

I managed to fracture my pinkie finger when I was a kid trying to catch a Vortex Howler Football. Pretty innocuous I thought.

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