Taking parents’ advice pays off

Mr Hair, who works in the Mirrabooka and Joondalup offices of the non-profit Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre, won the 2015 Western Australia lawyer of the year award in the practitioner with less than five years� experience category.

Mr Hair said he almost didn�t become a lawyer. �I am an accidental lawyer; I did a double degree, one of them was arts,� he said. �I was always interested in politics and policy but if it wasn�t for my parents swaying me away from arts, I would not have pursued law.�

Mr Hair said he was honoured .�It is nice to know my efforts have been appreciated and acknowledged and I accept the award on behalf of everyone at the centre who are equally passionate about their work,� he said.

Mr Hair plans to later this year travel through South America for six months. �When I return I may work in the social justice sector again,� he said.

John Fiocco won the award for a practitioner with more than five years� experience.

Law Society president Matthew Keogh said the awards recognised lawyers who went above and beyond in their contributions to the profession and the community.

n THE Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre will receive $143,345 through the State Government�s Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program.

It will use the funding to work with older West Australians to raise awareness of elder abuse and to help them reduce the risk of such abuse happening to them.