I joined Bird & Bird as a clerk during the summer of 2016/17 and returned to the firm as a part-time paralegal at the end of the clerkship. I was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 2018 and commenced my associate journey in the Intellectual Property practice group. I joined the Intellectual Property group at a time when multiple large scale litigation matters were underway, including for two high profile pharmaceutical companies. Working within this fast paced and demanding environment required me to be adaptable and highly organised and possess a strong attention to detail. During this time, I also assisted with all aspects of the trade mark prosecution process and advised clients on Australia's health regulations and consumer law. Currently, I am completing a rotation in our Corporate and Commercial groups. My experience has primarily involved working on M&A deals of various sizes, preparing applications to Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and liaising with FIRB in relation to such applications, drafting various privacy-related documents, including privacy policies and data breach response plans, reviewing complex contracts, and preparing corporate documents. I have certainly come to appreciate the importance of understanding my client's business and taking a commercial approach to the work that I do for them.I also credit this commercial approach to my part time in-house legal roles in the banking and not-for-profit sectors and most memorably, volunteering for a social enterprise in rural Bangalore, India. Undoubtedly a highlight of my pre-Bird & Bird years, I volunteered for a month in Meenakunte advising the enterprise on how to streamline processes across its various businesses and a further month in Maralakunte where I led a female-focussed initiative to set up an early-education library business.