Director of The Law Office of Conrad Curry
What made you set up a firm in Newcastle?
I love Newcastle – the diversity and natural beauty of our beaches and mountains, and the proximity to the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens. I lived in Sydney for a number of years during my childhood and university, but always had a yearning to come home to practise law.
What is the best thing about working regionally?
I feel that in many ways regional NSW gets the rough end of the stick, particularly when it comes to health care. This is something I am motivated to change through my firm’s work in representing victims of medical negligence from regional areas.
What are the key challenges?
Attracting quality legal personnel is a challenge, with many outstanding graduates being drawn to big city firms. I must say, I have been very fortunate. I think the tide may be turning for many young lawyers who are realising the benefits of living in the country. There is a cultural difference between the way we practise in regional areas, with more of a collegiate approach to resolving litigation.
Do you have casual Friday?
Yes, we do – and Friday afternoon drinks (within reason).
What is the go-to hairstyle around the office?
Sleek and professional for the ladies. Slicked back undercut for the blokes (excepting me, which is grey and rapidly thinning).
160 km from Sydney
Median house price: Range from $705,000 for units and $1,125,000 for houses
By air: Newcastle Airport
Multiple flights daily to and from Sydney (45 minutes travel time)