Nora Ayrton is a part-time legal secretary at D’Angelo Legal working 9.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday. It’s her first job in Australia since emigrating from England eighteen months ago. We asked Nora (N) some questions about what it’s like working as a legal secretary.
Q: Have you always been a legal secretary?
N: No. I was working for a non-fault accident assistance company in their claims division before having children. I have also been a Beauty Therapist. When we moved to Australia, I wanted to find office work where my experience working in the claims area could be utilised.
Q: What brought you to Australia?
N: The lifestyle, weather, and a great place to bring up our children – we have three girls aged 10, 8 and 5. We actually tried to move to Brisbane first but the demand for Bricklayers there had ceased so we opted for Perth. We did consider Melbourne but with the temperatures at times on a par with the UK, we chose Perth as our destination to begin our new life in the sun! We didn’t actually know much about Perth to begin with but after a lot of research into where we wanted to live we settled for the Northern suburbs. I’m so glad that they needed brickies in Perth! We love it here.
Q: What do you like about working in a law firm?
N: I like working at D’Angelo Legal. Paul (Director of D’Angelo Legal) has given me an opportunity to develop my career in Personal Injury and I enjoy learning new things every day. Working with Mike Watters is great – he has such a wealth of knowledge in Personal Injury. I am also lucky to have a great team around me and this along with working in the city and being offered parent friendly hours means that I am very happy with my job.
Q: What are your career goals?
N: I would like to achieve enough experience in the next couple of years to be able to run my own claims.
Q: What are your interests outside of work?
N: Besides being a mum, I like to keep fit, I like to entertain, read, go camping, and I am actively involved in fundraising for my daughters’ school, which has been a great way to meet people and make new friends.
Thanks Nora! You’re doing a great job for us.