The Legal Life – meet Liam McColl

28 July 2022

Liam McColl is a Lawyer in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution team.

Liam shares his favourite film and what he enjoys most about working in the legal sector.

Liam McColl

Favourite Holiday Spot?

It’s a tough call between The Grampians and Torquay, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t preference Torquay as my favourite. I usually travel down to Torquay and the surf coast every year for the summer shoulder season, it’s community and locality embody a renowned vibe that is truly the quintessence of the “Australian Summer.” Admittedly, I’m not a great surfer, but the Torquay back beach is a great place for beginners. It also has one of the best breweries (Blackman’s Brewery) I’ve ever had the fortune of visiting. If you’re into your ales and malts, it’s a must try.

Last good book, podcast or film?

I like to think of myself as a film buff, and for that reason, I have a selection of favourite Directors, which is prominently spear-headed by the eminent British-American filmmaker, Christopher Nolan. Nolan’s latest release, “Tenet” (2020), has been a standout for me. It’s a very intellectually stimulating and cathartic piece of cinema. Additionally, it stars both Robert Pattinson and Kenneth Branagh, what’s not to love?!

Who has been your biggest mentor?

My biggest mentor has been my local Federal Member of Parliament, Andrew Giles, who upon being elected in 2013 didn’t hesitate to take a chance and invite me to volunteer in his office to assist in the development of my professional skills. After completing my first degree, Andrew helped me hone my skills in policy and research and routinely exposed me to the world of law and politics. Andrew was the first to suggest I undertake a career in law, which I did and have not turned back from since.

What do you enjoy most about working in the legal sector?

The challenges, the prominence and the responsibilities. I feel that my skills and knowledge can actually help people where they’re otherwise helpless in the face of the legal system’s complexity and exclusion. This is a career path that I am genuinely enjoying.

What are your goals for 2022

To learn and develop as much as possible and not overwhelm Litigation & Dispute Resolution’s partner with too many stupid questions.

What do you think sets Rigby Cooke apart from other firms?

From my short time at Rigby Cooke, I’ve already noticed that the firm culture is leagues above anything I have ever experienced in a workplace before. Every member of the firm is helpful and won’t hesitate to take time out of their day to help with any problem I have, no matter how trivial or challenging. Everyone is so friendly and loves a morning chat, I’ve begun to plan out my day to arrive half an hour earlier so I can make sure that I say hello to everyone on my floor!