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Adina Fargher (BCom LLB/LP) studied commerce
and law at Flinders University from 1997--2002 and
is a Managing Associate at leading UK legal firm
Addleshaw Goddard in London. Employing more than
1250 people, this firm is ranked 7th in the UK according
to the number of its FTSE 100 clients, and focuses on
jurisdictions where clients require international legal
support such as Continental Europe, the Republic
of Ireland, Scotland, North America, China as well
as specific emerging economies.
the law in London
business and commerce, moved to Corporate and Commercial
in the firm before moving to London in 2006.
As a Managing Associate at Addleshaw Goddard, her major
role is to advise on corporate mergers and acquisitions and
joint ventures, as well as undertaking other general corporate
advisory work in a variety of sectors including financial services,
pharmaceuticals and professional practices. Ms Fargher said
"I act for leading UK companies and institutions and have
undertaken work for clients in various international jurisdictions,
including in key emerging markets of Africa including South
Africa, Tanzania, and Kenya, as well as in the Netherlands,
California and New York."
Her work has meant spending extended periods of time on
secondments at key clients Legal Counsel, Legal Operations --
UK, Pharmaceuticals Division at GlaxoSmithKline, and as Legal
Counsel, Corporate/M&A, Group Legal at the Royal Bank of
Scotland. Her experience includes working with Diageo the
world's leading premium drinks business, international property
consultancy King Sturge International LLP, Brake Bros Limited
and Lloyds Banking Group.
Her experiences at Flinders University were challenging and
rewarding, but also fun. Not only does she have a lot of fond
memories from her time at Flinders, she has lasting friendships
and contacts, some of whom are also working in London at
the moment. Ms Fargher comments that her university studies
gave her a solid foundation in terms of basic knowledge and
a practical skill set from which to develop her career, and "the
confidence to set myself high ambitions and to work hard to
In her spare time, of which she says she has very little, Ms
Fargher runs or walks in Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens, visits
Portobello, goes to the theatre or one of the many museums
in London. Dining out is also on the menu in a city where the
choice and quality of the restaurants is second to none, as are
occasional weekend city break trips to European cities such as
Paris or Copenhagen.
In the longer term she sees herself living and working back in
Australia. "The drawcard of the Australian lifestyle is going to
be too hard to resist. London is fantastic but exhausting, and
for the short term I see myself continuing to develop my
career here," she said.
Developing her interest in business and commerce whilst
at school, Adina Fargher's study program in commerce/law
allowed her to not only develop her interests in business, but
also provided options to pursue different career directions.
Ms Fargher knew of others who completed commerce
degrees which opened the doors to different careers,
including economics, accounting or various roles in finance.
Supplementing her commerce program with a Bachelor of
Laws and Legal Practice was, she said, "both a natural and
She chose to study at Flinders due to the good reputations
of both the Commerce Department and the Law School. The
Law School was still relatively new and was making a name for
itself offering a Law degree which was modern, practical and
equipped students with good skills for entering the workforce,
either as a lawyer or in a non-legal career area. A key benefit of
the Flinders Law degree was the Practical Legal Training (PLT)
component, required to qualify as a lawyer, was included as part
of the degree not as an add-on taken afterwards. Ms Fargher
said that the lecturers and tutors throughout both degrees
were very approachable and supportive, and keen to see their
students succeed in their respective subjects and in the degrees
as a whole.
After graduation, Ms Fargher was admitted as a barrister and
solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia and was
already working at Fisher Jeffries as a legal clerk and continued
there as a qualified lawyer. First she worked on high profile
insolvency litigation cases, but because of her interests in
find their way
It's nearly 30 years since Tony Waters
completed his Graduate Diploma in
Applied Psychology at Flinders, but he
finds what he learnt back then is still
useful in his current role.
Mr Waters is Chief Executive of Victim Support Services (VSS),
the South Australian non-governmental organisation dedicated
to supporting victims of crime.
"Within the degree I was looking mainly at counseling and
at neuropsychology, and those two strands have obviously
helped me in terms of the current work we do here -- straight
counseling and also how post-traumatic stress disorder affects
the brain, and how that might cause people to react and
behave," Mr Waters said.
"It's been quite useful and quite handy to have that foundation
Regrettably it is violent crime, especially assault, which brings
VSS many of its new clients.
The psychological effects on victims of violent crime are highly
variable and almost impossible to predict, Mr Waters said.
"It can be quite shattering, and it can happen immediately after
the event, or it could happen a year, or five years, later."
As well as providing counseling, VSS plays a major role in
advocacy, both for individual victims and at broader, generic
"We might advocate, for example, for sexual assault or
domestic violence services or we may have a view on where
things are at for child victims of crime; more recently we've been
advocating our views on issues around social networking and
cyberbullying," Mr Waters said.
The VSS also provides up to date information to victims of crime
about matters such as compensation, and much of its role is in
referring people to appropriate sources of assistance.
"What you find is a whole range of things can be affected; it
could be housing, it could be family, it could be dealing with
day-to-day functioning or mental health, so we do a lot of
collaborative work with other organisations, and we try to build
a holistic approach into our case-work management."
Mr Waters said that most victims have little or no experience of
the courts and the criminal justice system.
"Some people are quite anxious and don't know what to expect,
so we provide volunteers to offer court companionship."
VSS was founded 32 years ago as a voluntary organisation, but
now receives substantial government funding to help in running
its services through its main office in Adelaide and a network of
seven regional offices.
Mr Waters, who also has a law degree, describes his job as
complex, fascinating and constantly shifting.
"It's a moving feast, and involves interactions with the other
stake-holders in the criminal justice system, be it the courts, the
Director of Public Prosecutions, Correctional Services, offenders
or SAPOL," he said.
Mr Waters said that while the media tend to have fixed views
in its portrayal of crime and punishment, many victims are not
bent on revenge.
"There are victims who truly want to be involved in the
rehabilitation of the offender, and there are plenty of people
who realise that offenders offend because of where they come
from -- their childhood, background and terrible things that have
happened to them. Victims are probably more circumspect than
the public knows."
Nonetheless, sentencing and the treatment afforded to victim
impact statements do remain a source of concern.
"There is still a bit of variability as to how judges and courts
treat victim impact statements, and that does sometimes cause
what is technically known as secondary victimisation, so that
the victim gets victimised again, as it were, by the response of
the criminal justice system," Mr Waters said.
"We would like to work towards a minimum standard, or a
In addition to Mr Waters' background, there is another Flinders
link to VSS, with several students from the University's social
work and criminal justice degrees joining the organisation for
"We are very serious about our obligations, and we try to
provide an intensive placement in terms of a range of social
work experience by integrating students seamlessly into the
team," Mr Waters said. One former placement student and
recent social work graduate, Alex Clarke, now works part-time
Mr Waters said the criminial justice students typically undertake
small research projects, such as compiling a compendium of
crime statistics, that can inform VSS in its activities.
"It helps us get across a topic," Mr Waters said.
VSS can always use all the help it can get, Mr Waters said, and
he urges anyone interested in the organisation's work to assist
by becoming a member, volunteering or donating. The website
is at www.victimsa.org
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