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Empowering women to achieve true work/life satisfaction

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
20 February 2020 2 minute readShare

Courtney Bowie made the choice to leave her promising career at a mid-tier law firm after she was overcome by anxiety and depression that had manifested physically due to the high-stress work environment. She now runs her own business that caters solely to women-owned businesses.

Ms Bowie founded Her Lawyer with the aim to turn the traditional law firm on its head, being the first in the country catering solely to women-owned businesses.

After her experience at a mid-tier law firm, which left her with severe headaches and building anxiety, Ms Bowie was determined to create a life for herself and others that would utilise their skills and experience while offering work/life balance.

Ms Bowie set up Her Lawyer in 2017 from her spare room and now employs three people and a team of remote workers across the country.

Speaking to My Business, Ms Bowie revealed that the driving purpose of her business is to help more women achieve financial empowerment and true work/life satisfaction through running their own successful business.

Ms Bowie said: “I help them to succeed by delivering quality legal advice, reaching women who might not otherwise use the services of a lawyer — it’s inconvenient, or they’re intimidated by traditional law firms.

“I’m contributing to the overall lifting up of women and getting us closer to gender equality in Australia.

“Women in business are one of the fastest growing segments of our economy; by supporting them, I’m supporting the broader Australian economy.”

She describes Her Lawyer as a vehicle for nurturing female talent, mentoring junior staff and hiring women returning from maternity leave, giving them the opportunity to enjoy flexible and remote work.

“Many women leave the profession to have children, not returning or returning to find career prospects severely limited.

“Through flexible and remote working solutions, women return to work in a meaningful way, improving mental health and financial security, reducing the impact on government resources.”

One of her solicitors even worked from a caravan while travelling across the country.

“I’m passionate about showing that law can still be efficient without losing the personal touch.

“Law doesn’t have to be about offices with waterfront views, designer suits and confusing legal jargon aimed at justifying outrageous hourly fees.”

Championing many causes

As an emerging leader, Bowie has not only been a spokesperson in the media for mental health issues, she has cared for children in an orphanage in Peru and worked on a dairy farm in Victoria.

She champions Indigenous rights and reconciliation and dealt with further health issues last year when she was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum during her pregnancy with her son.

“These decisions, opportunities and experiences have been pivotal in making me strive to be the leader I am today,” Ms Bowie said.

“I’m someone who loves the law but values people first and I will always think outside the box to make the law truly work for the people it serves.

“If a client wants to chat for 10 minutes because her baby has gone down for nap or needs a late-night conference around work and caring responsibilities, we can make that happen.”

Empowering women to achieve true work/life satisfaction
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Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
Maja Garaca Djurdjevic

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic is the editor of My Business. 

Maja has a decade-long career in journalism across finance, business and politics. Now a well-versed reporter in the SME and accounting arena, prior to joining Momentum Media, Maja reported for several established news outlets in Southeast Europe, scrutinising key processes in post-conflict societies and enabling citizens to influence decision-making.

You can email Maja on [email protected] 

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