Meet the Specialist!
Check out what our Simon Caldwell, Accredited Specialist in Family Law, says on what being an Accredited Specialist means to him, why he chose a career in Family Law and the benefits of practising in ‘a beautiful part of the world’ as published in the NSW Law Society “Your Specialist Matters” journal, July 2019 edition 👇
1.Describe what you do in one or two sentences.
I’m a Family Law Accredited Specialist, a Notary Public and partner at MBT Lawyers, a progressive regional law firm in Coffs Harbour on the Mid North Coast of NSW. I am fortunate to pursue a career in the legal area of my choice in a beautiful part of the world.
2. What inspired you to work in your area of accreditation?
I have always had an interest in what makes people tick and so I decided to complete a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Psychology at Newcastle University. When I graduated, I spent a year working in administration at the Family Court. This gave me exposure to people involved in the legal process from administration to judges, court officers and counselling services (which were part of the court at the time). It confirmed my interest in people, their relationships and how the law has an integral role to play when there is a breakdown. This experience firmly established my interest in pursuing a career in Law and led to me study through the Legal Practitioners Admission Board at The University of Sydney. I worked full time as an articled clerk for a private law firm in general practice as I studied. After being admitted, I gained a number of years of experience in a variety of areas of Law including Family Law.
3. Why did you want to become an Accredited Specialist?
I believe in learning through experience, persistence and practice in order to hone my skills in any area of life. After working as a lawyer in a general practice for a number of years, I refined my skills to be become an expert in the area of law in which I most wanted to practice – Family Law.
4. How has being a specialist benefited you?
As a specialist, clients trust my experience and expertise when it comes to dealing with the delicate and sometimes challenging area of Family Law. As a professional, I am recognised as a practitioner who continues to meet the high standards set by the NSW Law Society, to gain and maintain Accredited Specialist credentials in Family Law
5. Which career achievement are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my ability to facilitate a situation where problems that may have seemed insurmountable to my clients, can be overcome when approached with a different mindset. In other words, enabling clients to see how their thought processes may be holding them back from reaching a positive result.
6. What motivates you most in your work?
I am motivated to help people achieve a positive and realistic result in an unfortunate and most challenging time in their lives. Working in Family Law provides me with opportunities to guide and assist people when they need to make difficult decisions about issues in their lives that need to be resolved, so that they can move on with their lives in a way that may not have been previously possible. This is inherently satisfying to me.
7. If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?
Practising law has been such a major part of my life for such a long time it is hard to imagine taking another path. I have always enjoyed the outdoors and live on a small acreage. I would like to think that had I not been a lawyer, I would have tried my hand at farming.
8. How do you relax and unwind?
I like to play music and I am in a couple of local bands. I also love riding my motorbike, exploring the bush and remote communities.
9. What is your best career advice?
Listen to your clients and look for opportunities to challenge yourself professionally. Do what you are naturally interested in. Work hard, have fun and most of all maintain a sense of humour.