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Hasti Kalarostagi

Partner, Hunt & Hunt, Sydney, Australia

    Hasti Kalarostagi

I have always wanted to be a lawyer.  At school, I found legal studies to be one of the few subjects that I actually enjoyed, as it was intellectually challenging as well as being interesting and varied. Once I started practising, I found the profession to be equally as interesting, rewarding and challenging. The legal profession suits my inherent need to solve problems.

I’ve had the opportunity to forge an exciting career, and one of my highlights was being made partner while I was still in my early 30s. I also enjoy the challenge of my career, and ran one of the biggest commercial litigation matters in Australia in 2017 and 2018.

That said, it is important to get the balance between work life and personal life. However, one of the best pieces of advice I was given was that – while achieving this balance is great - you can't do it all the time and sometimes client needs and work demands encroach on your personal time. And, that is ok too, just make sure you take the time to recharge when you can. 

It’s an exciting time to be a lawyer in Australia. 51% of law graduates in NSW are female and there are equal numbers of male and female solicitors. The image of a lawyer is changing. As my career progresses, I want to continue to provide my clients with the best advice that I can, while inspiring the younger lawyers to achieve their potential. I want to break the mould of what an Australian lawyer looks like.