BAKER DEANE
& NUTT

Canberra
Level 1, 1 Farrell Place
Canberra City ACT 2601
Phone: (02) 6230 1999

Queanbeyan
260 Crawford Street
Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Phone: (02) 6299 3999

Christina McPherson, Solicitor

Christina grew up on the New South Wales South Coast with her family and now lives in Queanbeyan with her husband and young son. After completing year 12 Christina moved to Canberra to study a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Canberra.

Christina’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours.

“Prior to commencing work at Baker Deane & Nutt in 2012, I volunteered at the Aboriginal Legal Service ACT/NSW for approximately 12months. During that time I assisted with the preparation of criminal matters in the ACT and Regional NSW.

In 2012 I presented a paper on the ACT Restorative Justice System to Refshauge J at a non-adversarial workshop.

In 2013 I co-authored chapter two in the book Justice Connections, Edited by Patricea Easteal AM. The chapter is titled “The relevance of Aboriginality in Sentencing”.

In 2013 and 2014, I was elected Vice President of the Women Lawyers Association of the ACT”.

What led you to law?

I studied Legal Studies in years 11 and 12. This involved looking at legal issues and the impact law has on the individual, groups and society.

When I finished school was drawn to law as I felt it would give me a career where I would be able to help clients with every day issues and make a difference to their day- to day lives.

Before you became a lawyer, what were you doing?

Before I became a lawyer I was an information assistant at the Australian War Memorial. I have always been fascinated with history and I really enjoyed this role.

What are your specialties within the profession?

Baker Deane and Nutt offers legal services in all areas of law and therefore, I have been lucky to be able to develop my skills in a broad range of legal areas. I tend to specialise in criminal law and have built up a strong practice in this field.

What are you most passionate about within your role?

I am passionate about advocating on behalf of clients to achieve the very best outcome for them in what are often extremely stressful and demanding circumstances. I have a pragmatic but caring approach to my work and like to think that having me on my client’s side makes a difference to the outcome.

Criminal law exposes me to all sorts of people from many different backgrounds and experiences. I really enjoy meeting these people and learning about their experiences.

Are there any areas you want to grow into within your role and/or the business?

At this stage of my career I believe that I am quite skilled as a lawyer in a number of areas, but particularly criminal matters. I want to further develop my skills in other areas of law as well, such as employment law and property law.

What are the highlights of your job?

While my particular area of expertise is criminal law, I consider myself to be a general practitioner. Being a general practitioner is a fantastic part of my job. It allows me meet so many different clients and assist them during different times and milestones in their lives.

I am especially proud and honoured that our clients refer to Baker Deane & Nutt as their family solicitors, which they know and trust with their real life problems. 2017 will be my fifth year of practising law, over this time I feel that as I have grown and developed and so have my many of my clients.

I really enjoy being able to turn my mind to different areas of law on a regular basis. At times it can be challenging, but if work were easy it wouldn’t be worth doing.

When you’re not in the office, what do you like to do?

Most of my time out of the office is spent with my family and friends. I also travel to the south coast often and enjoy going to the gym and the pool, when work and my son permit.

Contact details:

CMcPherson@bdn.com.au

Christina McPherson (nee Lewis), Solicitor
Baker Deane & Nutt