Swaab 2022 Lawyer Interview Series | Carly Lennan
Why did you become a lawyer?
I was one of those annoying kids walking around telling people from a very young age that I would one day be a lawyer, then shouting things like “OBJECTION!” in conversation. As I got older, and became a senior at a rural, public school, I was discouraged from aiming for this due to the lack of opportunities available to me. If anything, it made me want it more. Not only did I get into law school, but I made it Swaab in Sydney and love the intellectual challenges that face me every day.
Swaab is a unicorn. Swaab punches above its weight for a mid-tier firm with its client base and work. It is both impressive yet steeped in a supportive and fun environment. The Managing Partner knows your name. In fact, everyone does. We work hard. We support each other. We celebrate together. My colleagues are my mentors, teammates, and friends.
What’s your best memory or client success?
Being promoted to Senior Associate recently. I work hard to support my team and the partners in it. But it has been wonderful receiving ‘congratulations’ from many of the other partners in the firm, even those who do not work closely with me. It is nice to know that others in the firm, outside of your team, can see and acknowledge your hard work.
Who has been your greatest influence?
In life – my Dad. In work, Daniel Kentwell. Dan worked his way from the mail room, to EA, to paralegal and eventually, Senior Associate. He was taught by the best (Mary Digiglio) and passed on all his teachings to me. He was a patient mentor, friend, and guide through my early years as a lawyer.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Wine & dine my way through Sydney’s impressive restaurants with my husband