In a time where many of us are conducting business online, we think it’s important to put a face to a name. Our Staff Spotlight series will give you a little insight into the lives of our Nicholsons colleagues. Let’s find out a bit more about Paralegal, Amelia van Riet.
How long have you been with Nicholsons?
9 years at Easter 2022.
What made you choose a career in law?
I loved watching JAG when I was young and was completely in love with Harm. So naturally I wanted to become a Navy lawyer so I could work with him, lol.
What does your job entail?
I’m one of the firm’s Paralegals and I work almost exclusively with off-the-plan developments, large and small, working for the developer. I oversee contracts from signing to settlement – and everything in between. In general, I think it would be safe to say that the firm’s team of strong Paralegals could be defined as: Paralegal (noun) someone who solves problems you didn’t know you had, in a way you do not understand – see also wizard, magician.
What’s the best part of your job?
That rush you get when you have a big project coming to settlement, the frantic push to have everything ready on time, and then that feeling of satisfaction when you see the status column in that gigantic spreadsheet of contracts slowly filling up with “settled”, “settled”, “settled” as the day goes by.
What are the toughest challenges you’ve had at work?
Learning to delegate and “let it go” – still a work in progress.
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I would own a little coffee shop by the beach, with a bookshop/reading snug attached.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I was a ballerina in my teens, and makeup artist for tv, film and theatre in my 20’s.
What is one food that you cannot resist?
Just one? Hmmm…. Cheesecake!
How would your family and friends describe you in three words?
Loyal, Independent, Headstrong.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I’m a crafter, so anything from crocheting, to quilting, to painting. I’m also a very happy couch potato.
What skill do you think everyone should learn?
How to mentor someone – the best way to know you have truly learned something is to be able to teach it to someone else, in a way that they can understand.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
Don’t take life to seriously, no one gets out alive.
Find out more about Amelia van Riet and our team.
Connect with Amelia on LinkedIn.