How to survive and thrive in the first couple of years of legal practice

How to survive and thrive in the first couple of years of legal practice

Presented by Athol Opas


This session will offer guidance to new lawyers on how to survive and thrive in the early years of legal practice, including:

  • challenges typically faced by new lawyers and strategies for dealing with them;
  • managing relationships with co-workers and senior lawyers/partners;
  • what partners/supervisors expect of new lawyers;
  • what to expect from your supervisor;
  • dealing with other situations such as when friends and family seek your guidance on legal issues outside of your workplace; and
  • strategies if your job does not satisfy your needs.


  • This is an on-demand webinar you can watch at anytime - a link and password will be sent to you when you register.
  • This recording was made on Friday 1 March 2024 , and will expire on the 31st March 2025. 
  • Members will earn 1 point in Core Area 3
  • Cost: $15 (inc. GST)



Single ticket $15.00(GST incl.) Register



Athol Opas

Athol practices mainly in commercial law and also in general civil law and occupational discipline.  Athol was called to the Bar in 2017.  Before being called to the Bar, Athol worked as a solicitor in Canberra for 18 years, working in small and large Canberra firms, in a national law firm, and as a Commonwealth government in-house lawyer.  Athol served for several years on the ACT Law Society Council, and was president of the ACT Law Society and a director of the Law Council of Australia.  Athol has served on various committees of the ACT Law Society and ACT Bar Association, and he is a current member of the Law Society’s Legal Profession Act and Ethics Committee.  Athol has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide in Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution and for Commercial Leasing.

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