In the second last year of my law degree, I fell pregnant with my son. I remember looking at the positive pregnancy test and saying to myself – “Okay Sarah. Just do it. You’ve got this.”
So that’s what I did – I got in and got on with it. I knew if I didn’t finish my degree now, I would never go back, so I was completing exams with a huge belly and studying when I probably should’ve been sleeping… but I got there in the end!
My approach to life is like a Nike ad – Just do it! It’s the only way when you’ve now got 3 kids, a family business and whilst working in a regional office.
On Sunday’s I make 15 lunches before Monday morning kick-off and Hello Fresh is my saviour in the evenings. It’s about being organised, but also having fun.
I’m born and bred in Townsville and I just love the community and legal profession network up here. I began working for Slater and Gordon around 2.5 years ago. I’ve always been a team player, and it was hard at first working so far away from my colleagues in Brisbane – but the Zoom calls and remote meetings with other offices across Queensland have been my saving grace.
Nobody in my family went through university, but it was always something I wanted to do. It sounds cliché, but I wanted to be a lawyer purely because I love to help and support others. I definitely think that’s what attracted me to personal injury and I can’t imagine practising in any other area.
It’s important to be a ‘person’ as well as a ‘lawyer’, and sometimes that means escaping the busy work week, ballet lessons and after school sports. I am no stranger to regularly chucking everyone in the car and heading bush camping for the weekend.
I drink a long black with a dash of milk … and usually, I have 3 of these before lunchtime. One for each child!
Lexi Kehl is the Queensland Law Society PR & Media Executive. If you’d like to sit down for a beverage or know someone with a great story to tell: firstname.lastname@example.org.