In MOtion – Hannah Morris

January, 2017

Hannah Morris is a Lawyer in the Sydney Property team. In this interview, she talks about the many facets of property law, synergies with other practice areas….and running a puppy day care centre.

What is the best thing about being a lawyer and, in particular, a property lawyer?

All careers have ups and downs, but as lawyers we get paid to read, write, think, talk, problem solve and argue — all things that we would do anyway.  That has to be a good thing.

I think the best thing about property law, and being a property lawyer, is that it touches on something very basic and relatable: our rights to own, enjoy, use and dispose of real (and personal) property.  People spend their lives accumulating property of all kinds and it is valuable to know how to deal with it, both personally and professionally.

What do you love most about your role?

I love learning and I love my team, mentoring and the fast paced nature of our work.  I also love the diversity of my work – from commercial and retail leasing to residential conveyancing, advisory work, or marketing leading acquisitions or disposals.  Property is a diverse field which compliments many other legal specialties – from natural synergies like construction law and environment and planning law, through to commercial litigation (when tenants “go rogue”), family law (whether protecting assets or dividing up assets) or tax law (which is perplexing at the best of times).    Property law has a lot to offer.

What’s the best advice – career or personal – that anyone has ever given you?

Though commonly confused, there is a difference between ‘important’ and ‘urgent’ (look it up – life changing stuff).

The back-up plan – if you weren’t “lawyering”, what would you be doing instead?

I’d open a puppy day-care.  I am a bit puppy obsessed.

What is your life philosophy?

I have two: treat others as you would like to be treated and that each day should be spent working hard, finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals (stolen shamelessly from The Notebook).

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