My name is Bec Littlejohn, I am a member of the Wisewould Mahony Workcover Department, doing Common Law.
Prior to my legal career, I studied history, analysing historical events and what they meant. I couldn’t do anything to change that past, but with law I had the opportunity to change the future, for someone at least.
I completed my articles at Wisewould Mahony, and 9 years later have never looked back.
It is unique. It sounds clichéd, but it has a relaxed working culture - true open doors, respect of peers, and actually caring about each other (casual dress helps too, yep in a serious law firm!). This allows us to focus on working hard and getting the job done. I’m lucky to work with so many experienced practitioners in my area who are great mentors.
My area of practice is in Personal Injury Law, with a focus on workplace accidents. This sees me in both the County and Supreme Court jurisdictions, to defend Serious Injury Applications and Common Law Damages Writs on behalf of our major client Worksafe Victoria.
Our client is a professional litigator and we must be thorough, analytical, and work hard for their interests to keep Common Law viable.
This means being able to narrow the issues quickly, and focus on how best to achieve the right outcome. Finding efficient resolutions in the appropriate cases, and fighting hard for those that require our determined defence.
I bring a quiet and considered approach to my work. I am approachable and able to support those we represent and able to explain what can be a complex legal pathway. I am level headed and this helps me focus on the end game.
My drive to succeed in law hasn’t altered. I became a lawyer to effect change; to understand how it can be done. And that is all about people, workplaces, and an eye to the ‘bigger picture’. That’s what I like about being a lawyer.