March 8, 2021

From the team at Injury Legal we wish you a happy International Women’s Day!

We proudly support and acknowledge the women in our team and their achievements.

Their drive, ambition and day-to-day contributions make Injury Legal a great place to work, and we take this opportunity to say thank-you (L-R photo – Lilly Taylor, Narelle Costello, Sarah Van Kampen, Wendy Tyburczy, and Diana Giovenco)

To celebrate this International Women’s Day, we hosted a morning tea for our entire team.

In light of International Women’s Day, we asked the women in our team some questions about what they do and an insight into what a typical working day is like for them.

Wendy Tyburczy

How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated?

I was brought up to have a good work ethic, and that is probably my biggest motivator.  I have always loved my job, and I derive a great sense of pleasure from knowing that I am helping people in the type of work we do.  I plan my day and, as much as possible, stay focused on the job at hand.  I refuse to stress – it’s not good for the mind or body.  I have also always found the law fascinating and am always keen to learn more about it. 

What do you enjoy about your job?

It’s essential for me to be happy in my job.  I work with a great team, and we have a real sense of camaraderie.  The team I work with also has a great sense of humour, which can often help alleviate the pressures you sometimes have to deal with.  I find the work I do very interesting and rewarding, and the team I work with very dedicated.  In November 2021, I will have achieved yet another milestone in my life.  I will be celebrating 50 years as a legal secretary/PA – a little over 20 years of that has been with my current employer.  I guess that speaks for itself in summing up that I enjoy everything about my job.

If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?

Always stay focused on what is important in life – don’t wait until some tragedy makes you realise your priorities.

Don’t worry about things you can’t control.  A friend told me a short (but true) story several years ago.  He said he was worried about a particular situation – one which he could not control.  He told his grandfather of his concern about this particular situation.  His grandfather said to him, “come back and see me in a week and tell me how you are worrying it changed anything”.  I found that profound advice and have lived by it ever since.

Sarah Van Kampen

Can you please introduce yourself and give us a summary of what you do?

My name is Sarah van Kampen, and I am a paralegal in the personal injuries department.  I have worked in personal injuries law for 16 years and have been at Bennett & Philp (and now Injury Legal) for 4 years.  I assist the lawyers with the day-to-day running of their files and have my own file load that I run under one of the department directors’ supervision. 

What do you enjoy about your job?

I really enjoy working with the personal injuries team.  We’re a close-knit and supportive team, and everyone is always happy to answer your questions or lend a hand.  I’ve learned a lot working for some super experienced lawyers and assistants.

What do you see yourself doing in the next 10 years?

Hopefully, what I’m doing now!  On a more personal note, my husband and I have extensive house renovations planned, and we hope that international travel will resume in the next couple of years.  We’d love to return to Alaska, Canada, and Switzerland.

Narelle Costello

Can you please introduce yourself and give us a summary of what you do?

My name is Narelle Costello.  I commenced working as a legal secretary in 1970 and have spent the past 51 years working in that field.  My current role is Legal Assistant in the personal injuries section.  On a daily basis, I provide secretarial and admin assistance to two senior lawyers and other team members as required.

If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?

Be confident in your own ability, stay true to yourself; don’t sweat the things you can’t control.

What do you see yourself doing in the next 10 years?

Enjoying my retirement and travelling in a Covid free world!

Lilly Taylor

Can you please introduce yourself and give us a brief summary of what you do?

My name is Lilly, and I am a Personal Assistant and Reception Relief. My job could be summarised as the classic office junior who grabs everyone’s coffees for their meetings, but there’s so much behind the scenes people forget about. Being in my role means you are the first point of contact for all new questions, enquiries and general office traffic. I manage all the meetings, conferences and bookings for our Lawyers and clients as well as phone calls, correspondence, and walk-in clients while maintaining business etiquette.

What’s a typical day for you?

A typical day for me consists of a 5 am wake up and an 8 pm bedtime. Not the fun, exciting life many people would think a 21-year-old would wish for, but I guess I can say I’m the odd person who actually enjoys their job. A workday for me entails taking the reception morning shift until our full-time receptionist starts, personal assistant duties throughout the day and then my personal favourite, home time

If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?

Find things that make YOU happy. Stop focusing on what everyone else is doing and worry about your mental health and well-being.

Trent Johnson

Trent Johnson

Trent is passionate about helping people and has been an accredited specialist in personal injury law in Queensland continuously since 2011. He has particular expertise in motor vehicle, workers’ compensation, public liability, abuse and dust-related illness compensation claims.

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