How to be happy in law and in life- The happy lawyer edition!

Surviving your first year as a lawyer! By Freya Gardon
Starting an Online Business: A Quick Legal Checklist! By Grace Cue
Daring and Disruptive with Lisa Messenger. By Rachael Hempling
Shall we dance? By Zinta Harris

Meet our ‘Happy Lawyer’ Blog Contributors…

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Zinta Harris

Specialist Succession & Business Lawyer | Author

Zinta Harris is a specialist wills and estates and business succession lawyer and the owner of Harris Law. Over the past 24 years, Zinta has worked with grieving families to help them manage the fallout after the loss of a loved one. Her specialist focus is now exclusively in resolving wills and estates disputes and complex estate administrations. As a Nationally Accredited Mediator and trained collaborative lawyer, Zinta always seeks to guide matters to settlement as quickly and as peacefully as possible. 

Zinta’s goal is to change the face of how contested estates are dealt with. She is developing a training program on a collaborative practice framework (already successfully applied in the divorce context) for disputed estates matters – so that families are empowered to manage their inheritance without inheriting heartache.

In response to seeing the impacts of grief on her clients last year Zinta began to write her personal blog “Catching the Curveball” where she talks about how we respond when curveballs come our way. 

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Rachael Hempling

Barrister-at-Law | Nationally Accredited Mediator | Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

Rachael was admitted to practice as a barrister in 2003 and spent a number of years working at the Queensland Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in various roles both, including that of Crown Prosecutor.

 Interspersed with her time at the ODPP, Rachael sat the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test in 2004 at the College of Law, London, gaining admission as a solicitor in England and Wales. 

Between 2004 – 2008 she worked as a criminal defence solicitor and duty solicitor for a firm in London and later in Lewes, East Sussex, carrying large and complex caseloads appearing in Magistrate’s Court and Youth Court at many locations across London and South-East England.

Rachael came to the Queensland private bar in January 2014 and is at french Quarter Chambers on the Gold Coast.

Rachael is a nationally accredited mediator, family dispute resolution practitioner and a 2018 Doyles Recommended Family Mediator. She now practices predominantly in family mediation. She conducts all her mediations through The Mediation Place and is currently working on an innovative digital resource for The Separation Place.

Rachael is a Guest Lecturer at Bond University, a volunteer mediation supervisor for the Bond FDR Clinic and a volunteer lawyer at the Robina Community Legal Centre.

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Grace Cue

Law Graduate & Legal Project Officer at Law Squared

Hi! I am Grace a Law Graduate and Legal Project Officer at Law Squared. 

After first beginning my time at Law Squared as a Legal Project Officer in early 2018, I  have moved into the position of Graduate Lawyer within the Employment + Workplace Relations team. 

I am eager and excited for what the future holds, currently working behind the scenes, creating content, providing day-to-day support, and exercising my developing legal skills in the employment law arena, under the guidance of Andrew Brooks and Catherine Brooks. 

At the same time, I am currently undertaking my PLT at Leo Cussen part-time. Outside the office, I enjoy playing sport, going to escape rooms, and coaching my old high school badminton team on weekends. Otherwise, I am is often found playing guitar or playing video games with my partner Ryan.

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Freya Gardon

Collaborative Family Lawyer & Psychology Honours Student

Hi! I am Freya a Collaborative Family Lawyer who has worked as an essential member of the Brisbane Family Law Centre team for nearly a decade. Now four years post admission, I work closely with our Director Clarissa Rayward in upholding and developing our firm’s fresh and sincere approach to family law. 


I have been lucky enough to work with Clarissa since 2010, prior to even starting my law land journey. In that time, I have enjoyed working not only as a lawyer, but as a content writer, automation bot builder, and now, a legal product developer. 

Looking to expand my work in law, I am currently in my final year of Psychology at the University of Wollongong, and can’t wait to see how I can use these skills to continue assist client’s in a creative way. I love working with a team that do things differently, and Brisbane Family Law Centre has always done just that.