Meet Kathryn Adams from Hallett Law

Welcome to Hallett Law, where they do law differently. Leaving the suits for when they really count, our Business Partner of the Month, is known for being able to deliver top legal advice in a relaxed manner – without the unnecessarily complex language. Specialising in commercial, corporate and employment law, it won’t surprise you to hear that SAWer and Principal Lawyer Kathryn Adams has been slammed throughout 2020.

Jess from Jess McEachen Copywriting took five with this highly experienced lawyer and was impressed by Kathryn’s refreshing honesty on how she’s grappled with the massive workload brought on by COVID-19, the current lack of work/life balance, how the pandemic has allowed the strongest of women to say “I’m not okay”, and how fellow SA Woman members have played their part in helping Kathryn keep her head above water during this rollercoaster year.

// Congratulations on celebrating your 1st birthday at Hallett Law on 1 July! What have been the highlights of going out on your own?

The real highlight has been that I’ve been able to practice law the way I have always wanted to.

I now run my law firm in a relaxed office, in normal clothes, giving up front “no nonsense” advice, without the pomp and ceremony. I save those formalities for the courtroom.

 

// You specialise in commercial, corporate and employment law, so COVID must have brought you a huge influx of clients needing help! What are the main lessons & themes that have come through this extra challenging year?

If I am honest, I do not have the ability yet to look back at what the main lessons and themes may be coming from COVID-19.

I feel like lawyers of my expertise are really only battling the surface issues of the pandemic at this stage, such as assisting businesses in responding to the government directions and measures, which are still changing on a week to week basis.

Upon the cessation of initiatives such as Jobkeeper, that’s when lawyers will need to step up and deal with issues such as insolvencies, bankruptcies, mass reductions of workforce, debt and breaches of contract.

Only after the dust settles from those issues will be when I may be able to look back and reflect.

// “If it is one thing that we have learned in the last few months, it’s been the strength and support of community.”

These were your words on a recent post – what have you loved seeing happen in the Barossa community in 2020?

As the pandemic situation became more and more serious, I saw amazing, strong business women accept that it was okay to say that they were not doing okay.

It was like, all of a sudden, this very serious situation finally gave even the toughest of us business women permission to say “look, I’m not doing okay”.

We then saw the emergence of strong women supporting the weaker on certain days, and that favour being returned on other days. This wasn’t just limited to the Barossa community. I saw it in many of the SA Woman communities.

I am going to be upfront and honest (as I am well known to be!)… I am not the “poster child” for work-life balance at the moment given the workload caused by this pandemic.

I know that I will look back at this pandemic and say that the support I had from the women within SA Woman played a huge role in keeping my head above water.

Kathryn Adams

Hallett Law

// Speaking of community, we’ve absolutely loved having you as part of our SA Woman community! Not only did you feature on our blog with a stellar article on conflict, but you’ve been so generous with your knowledge & support within our members group.

What do you value about being a member of SA Woman?

I have appreciated the building of business relationships, but I have been able to develop strong friendships.

Those friendships exist even if those particular women do not reach out to me for my legal services.

I know that I will look back at this pandemic and say that the support I had from the women within SA Woman played a huge role in keeping my head above water.

 

// Despite having more than 16 years’ experience under your belt, I can imagine that being a Lawyer would still have its heavy days. What are the ways you look to maintain balance & perspective?

I am going to be upfront and honest (as I am well known to be!). I don’t have balance and perspective right now and its not something I’m particularly proud of.

I am not the “poster child” for work-life balance at the moment given the workload caused by this pandemic.

However, in the last week or so, I have made a few major business decisions that will enable that balance and perspective to be obtained. I’d love the share the details but it has to stay a secret for now!

 

// Huge congratulations on being recently nominated for not 1, but 4 Ausmumpreneur awards! What are you most looking forward to about the experience?

I was actually looking forward to flying to Western Australia to attend the Awards because they were going to be held in Margaret River – another famous wine region. I also had such a good time at the SA Woman Awards that I figured Ausmumpreneur would give me another chance to dress up again and let my hair down.

They’ve now cancelled the Award Ceremonies. So, I suppose I will have to look forward to being lucky enough to win an Award!

 

// And last but definitely not least. You’re based in beautiful Angaston – where do we have to go to get the best coffee & eat like a Barossan?!

I am from Angaston and so I am required to tell you that the best coffee and food happens to be in Angaston.

You must get your coffee at D&M’s Bakery Café, head on up to Roaring 40’s Café for pizza (they have won awards for Best Pizza and Best Pizzamaker in Australia) and then of course on your way back out of Angaston, stop off and grab some cheese from the Barossa Valley Cheese Company.

 

Thanks for chatting with us Kathryn!


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