Since 2019, I have been hanging out with 10 amazing lawyers in a yearly Mastermind program. 10 months, 4 workshops, private coaching and a whole lot of stuff getting done.

Paul took part in the Mastermind program for 2021. These are his experiences and successes. 

1. Please tell us a bit about your Mastermind journey... (Where you started, the bits in between and where you are one year later?

I started wanting to get clearer on where and what I want my practise to be. In saying that, I am a sports lawyer, which in itself tells you what I do and like. I also practise in the area of employment law, which pays the bills when sport is quiet. I am now much clearer. My two key learnings for 2021 are “connections”, and “reduced financial stress”. I have been applying these especially since about mid-year, and feel I’m making good progress. I am ending the year in a “good place”, ie good headspace (despite some health challenges), and looking forward to what 2022 holds!

2. What are you deeply proud of achieving or doing this year?

Taken on an Associate lawyer as encouraged by Mastermind colleagues. I’m working solidly to keep her challenged, interested and taken care of for the long term.

3. What is your 2021 highlight?

I’ve had a few good results in various sports and employment cases. The big win for me has been sharing the wins with barristers and staff. In the past, if the client wasn’t happy, that made me a but unhappy and dissatisfied by proxy. Now I look at the case and think – I got a good result, based on the instructions I had, so if the client isn’t happy with the outcome (or cost) that’s on them, not me. So I can still enjoy the win and conclusion and closure of the case, regardless. This makes me feel more connected with barristers I regularly work with, and my Team. I get more job satisfaction this way. The connections within the HLHL group and MM especially we’re very positive this year too. Some of the subtle changes to my practice and Team have been quite impactful in a good way.

4. Your Mastermind experience in a word?


I have enjoyed working with lots of great lawyers over the past few years doing 1 on 1 coaching, which is something I will continue to do, but I know myself, there is something to be said for being in a group when it comes to really getting stuff done!

And so, for 2022 I am again rolling out my 10 person Mastermind and if you think that is something for you, I would love to have you join me.

I have come to learn that one of my super powers is the ability to ‘kindly’ push people off virtual cliffs by giving them the confidence (and the tools!) to achieve their goals and the Mastermind in 2022 will do that and more.

To read about more Mastermind experiences, you can check out Fiona’s story here , Emma’s story here and Cara’s story here.