I interviewed my fellow Practice Executive to find out about Tiarne’s career and her journey to being Practice Accounts Executive.

Tiarne has worked at Rouse Lawyers for 6 years. Her main responsibilities are:

  • Secretarial duties for the Corporate and Commercial Team;
  • Management of the Firm’s finances;
  • Responsibility for work allocation from the rest of the Firm’s Lawyers to our junior support; and
  • The Firm’s “Go to Girl”.

Tiarne started working in hairdressing when she left school as she wanted a job where she could interact with people. Tiarne describes herself very much as a ‘people person’.

When a junior legal secretarial position became available, she decided to apply and 9 years later she is still working in law.

Without undertaking any formal legal studying Tiarne carried a book with her and wrote down legal terminology she did not understand and their meanings. Over time she built up her own pocketbook of legal knowledge to assist her with her role.

Tiarne travels from the Gold Coast each day after she gets up early to make sure her beloved dog Arlo is walked before she leaves for the office each day.

After her morning coffee, Tiarne’s day starts with receipting overnight payments. Each day she participates in the Firm wide “Huddle” and is always the one to cheer everyone up and bring enthusiasm to the team.

Her day is filled with secretarial duties for our Commercial team which includes, file opening, document formatting and taking calls from clients and working with everyone within the firm on all Accounts matters.

Tiarne is responsible for organising Firm wide events, ensuring the office is running smoothly and generally being the first port of call if someone has a question or query.

I asked Tiarne the following:

What qualities do you think makes a good legal support person?

A positive “can do” attitude, promptness, and attention to detail.

What is the best thing about working at Rouse Lawyers?

The culture and the people I work with makes every day fun.

What advice would you give someone who wants to work in a legal environment?

Get valuable work experience in an office to see if it is for you.

What achievement are you most proud of?

I am proud that I took every opportunity to learn, and I cannot believe the amount I have learnt over my 9 years working in the legal industry.