Pledges made in and out of courtroom

Newly admitted lawyer Louisa Cook with her fiance James Reich, who moved her admission last month. Photos: Supplied

Louisa Cook made a solemn pledge at her admission sitting for the Supreme Court of Queensland recently and is about to make another one to her mover.

The Macpherson Kelley lawyer chose her fiancé James Reich, from Results Legal to move her admission in Brisbane last month.

“I met my financé through settlement clerking, and since then he has been my rock while I completed my degree and in the process of being admitted,” Louisa said.

“I attended his admission three years ago and felt asking him to move my admission was a special way to say thank you for being there. I am super proud of his achievements in law and am immensely grateful to have a mentor who’s been able to guide me through this process.” 

Louisa said she wanted to be a lawyer from a young age as she was passionate about advocating for others and encouraging justice.

“I believe it is imperative that all individuals have equal opportunity in protecting and voicing their rights,” she said.


“My ideal career has always been one in which I could work towards making positive changes in society and helping those who are going through difficult situations, and aren’t comfortable to or can’t fight for themselves. I realised early on that pursuing a career in the legal industry would tick all these boxes.

“I plan to specialise in Employment Law and assist employers and employees to recognise and comply with their lawful rights and obligations. My career goal is to promote and advocate for justice and equal opportunity within the workplace for a firm that fosters and encourages my progression and learning.”

And Louise is well on her way after completing her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) through the Queensland University of Technology, then beginning a 12-month supervised traineeship with Macpherson Kelley.

Louise signing the solicitors roll.

“This opportunity allowed me to rotate through departments and obtain experience in various areas of law. I also had the opportunity to be involved in Macpherson Kelley’s Business School and other groups, which allowed me to accelerate my social, client and business development skills,” she said.

“I would particularly like to extend my gratitude to Macpherson Kelley. The firm has been integral in creating the foundation for my career. Starting as a paralegal with the firm, I was overjoyed to be offered a place in the graduate program and then a permanent position within the Employment, Safety and Migration team, working closely with John-Anthony Hodgens, Alan Girle and Caitlyn Wessels.

“The firm has not only provided me with practical legal experience but has also allowed me to grow into a confident early career professional through its strong female leadership and culture promoting inclusivity and empowerment.


“It is important to me that I work for a firm that allows its employees to feel respected, heard and valued, and I am grateful that I have been able to find this so early on in my career.”  

Rockhampton admissions in March before Justice Crow: Meilabella Nezic-Moon and Ashlee Rose Barnett.

There are more admission sittings in Townsville and Brisbane this month.

Our Admissions section looks to celebrate all newly admitted solicitors and congratulate them on this significant achievement. Please email details to Ensure you include some details of your current role, along with a quality head-and-shoulders image.

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