The legal life – meet Bethany Clark

14 December 2020

Bethany Clark is an Associate in our Litigation and Dispute resolution group.

Bethany shares her favourite podcasts and her career highlight so far.

Favourite holiday spot?

Wye River, along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. My family have been going to Wye since before my sister and I were born. It was where we had most of our Christmases and birthdays and is still my favourite place to go for a break.

Last good book, podcast or film?

I listen to a lot of podcasts but Armchair Expert is one of my favourites. I’m also a big fan of Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend. It’s funny and ridiculous and very entertaining.

Why did you choose law and your practice area?

I’ve always been interested in international law and policy and studied politics and international relations at Uni. Customs and Trade law covers the law, politics, international relations and business in a varied and interesting way. It may be a fairly specialised area of law but when you look into it, it covers a wide range of issues from duty and taxes to biosecurity and dangerous and defence controlled goods.

What has been a career highlight?

Working on an appeal to the High Court in a tax matter where we defended both the special leave application and main hearing. It was a long but very interesting process and an amazing and informative career experience.

What are you looking forward to?

I am looking forward to 2021 starting to head back to normal or COVID-normal and working with my clients to continue to support their businesses in this very different looking climate. I’m also looking forward to getting back into the office and seeing my colleagues and clients face to face. Teams and Zoom calls just aren’t the same.

What do you enjoy most about working with your clients?

My clients range from individuals and small business to large multinationals, however, I have been able to develop good long term relationships with my clients and so a good understanding of their businesses. Being able to work with a client to support, expand and grow their business is the most satisfying part of my job.