Meet Andrew Parlour, our Treasurer from Melbourne

What is your primary area of practice, and what drew you to it?

I’m a commercial lawyer, which can be quite broad. More specifically, I work on mergers and acquisitions. Through Ally Law, I’ve assisted a number of multinational companies with their entry into the Australian market.

I’ve always gone down the route of commercial law — my degrees are in law and commerce — and I received a graduate certificate in innovation and entrepreneurship. Even when I’ve had a taste of other areas of law, they didn’t interest me as much. Commercial law has always been my main area of interest.

As for the industries I work with, we have had considerable success in a range of industries, including manufacturing, transport and professional services. I am regularly involved in transactions across a variety of industries.

Over the last 12 months, what has been your biggest challenge and what has been your biggest success?

COVID-19 and working remotely have been the greatest challenges, not surprisingly. But I think the biggest success has been the ability to maintain relationships not only with work colleagues but also with clients. Being adaptable has been an important element in overcoming those challenges, and ultimately, they’re just two sides of the same coin: The challenge leads to the success.

And now our one-question Proust Questionnaire: Which talent would you most like to have?

I’m leaning towards singing, because at the moment I could break glass with how I sing. It would be good to have a nice voice, a nice relaxing voice. In the meantime, karaoke is definitely something I avoid.

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