Podcast Review: Barristers in the New Normal
Lawyers Weekly Podcast (The Lawyers Weekly Show)*
Reviewer: Ryan Nattrass
What is it?
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show podcast Dr Matt Collins KC, president of the Australian Bar Association, speaks with host Jerome Dorasaimy about what it means to be a barrister after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The episode is helpful to anyone wishing to obtain a snapshot of how the Bar was affected during the pandemic and a high-level overview of the challenges faced by the Bar now.
Dr Collins provides some helpful hints about how to maintain your persuasiveness and the focus of the decision maker when changing forum from the live theatre of a courtroom to the small screen of an online hearing.
Dr Collins is also able to provide a finger on the pulse of the profession, highlighting the Bar’s rumination on the traditional model of chambers at a time when many at the Bar have become a TWaT (one of the more colourful acronyms for hybrid workers, which Dr Collins clarifies in the episode).
A not insignificant portion of the episode is spent reflecting on the challenges faced during the pandemic, which does direct time away from what could have been further insight into the ‘new normal’ alluded to in the title. However, on the whole, the podcast is easy to follow, not particularly long, and is well worth a listen during your commute to or from work.