From the age of 8 years old Nicole knew she wanted to be a lawyer, as she wanted to help people and be the voice for those who weren’t being listened to. Throughout her studies and professional experiences, helping people and protecting their rights has been at the heart of everything she has done.
Nicole studied Law and French at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, graduating in June 2011 with honours. After moving to Australia in 2013, Nicole studied at QUT to transfer her degree before commencing her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and was then admitted as a solicitor in June 2016.
Prior to joining Shine Lawyers, Nicole worked for different human rights and immigration organisations, gaining experience in researching, drafting documents and raising awareness for womens’ rights and the recovery and reintegration of children who have been sexually exploited.
After commencing with Shine, Nicole worked in the Private Client Services team, where she focused primarily on civil litigation and wills and estates. She is now part of our Class Actions team and is enjoying getting back to her human rights roots by working on the Stolen Wages action.
Each of these roles has taught Nicole something different, which she has been able to translate into her day-to-day work in helping clients. Being a researcher gave her the skill of not only researching, but also having attention to detail no matter how small, as this can be crucial when working on bigger matters like class actions. Working in Private Client Services gave her the skills of managing relationships with a diverse range of clients and cases, and what it really means to be a lawyer.
“It took me nearly 10 years to become an admitted solicitor. I know a lot of people might have given up after finding out the additional steps that would be required to re-train after moving. I believe that this shows just how passionate I am and determined to help people. I care about each of my clients and always give each matter my all.”