Guru in the Spotlight: Jaslyn Ng

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Q: What area at KWM do you work in and what is your specialisation?

A: I have just finished my final graduate rotation in M&A, and am currently on full-time secondment to NATSILS, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service.      

Q: How long have you been with the firm?

A: I have been at the firm for coming up to two years(!), having initially gone through the fantastic Insight Program run by the recruitment team.

Q: Why are you passionate about our Community Impact programme?

A: KWM's pro bono practice and community engagement is, for me, a key part of the firm's identity.  The KWM Community Impact programme is a really meaningful way for us to embody the firm's values as a supplement to the core commercial legal work we do, and it is great to be able to leverage the fantastic resources, people and otherwise, we have here at KWM. 

Q: What projects or programs have you been involved in recently?

A: Aside from my secondment, I have also been involved with the Human Rights Law Group, RACS and the YLA CyberLaw Sessions, as well as the Downing Centre duty solicitor sessions in pre-COVID times.

Q: Any stories you can share?

A: I recently had the opportunity to have a chat with an in-house lawyer through the KWM Client Graduate Program, and they expressed that a strong pro bono program was one of the benefits they saw in private practice vs in-house legal work – it was great to hear that our commercial clients also see the value in the pro bono work we do.

Q: Why did you/do you get involved? What were/are your motivations?

A: I really enjoy the commercial work we do and feel incredibly privileged to be doing that work at KWM.  For me, it makes sense that we use our position in the industry and the resources we have to support strategic community partners, as part of showing our clients (pro-bono and otherwise) who we are as a firm.

Q: What skills or experiences have you gained through this work?

A: My involvement in the KWM Community Impact programme has given exposure to a range of skills I may not otherwise have had particularly at a junior solicitor level, including client interviews, and drafting policy and written advocacy.  It's also been great to have experienced the in-house side through the NATSILS secondment and to have seen first-hand how valuable KWM's contributions are to our community partners.



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