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Dylan Casey

6.30 AM

My alarm goes off, and I slowly roll out of bed, iron my shirt for the day, pack my bag and put some coffee on the stove. I take a good 15-20 minutes to sit out on the deck watch the world wake up and contemplate what the day has in store for me.

7.45 AM

It’s about time to wander into work. The walk in takes about half an hour but is one of my favourite times of the day. I walk through Victoria Park and see all the dogs out and about for their daily walks.

8.30 AM

I’m generally at my desk now scoffing some peanut butter on toast whilst reading my inbox and figuring what surprises the day will have in store for me.

Dylan Casey

9.30 AM

It’s almost time for another coffee, but I’m trying to work out where a holding company is currently located. At first it appeared to be Japan but upon further investigation turns out is a Liberian company that has been struck off. The mystery continues…

10.00 AM

Alright I have held out this long it’s time for a well-deserved coffee I send a quick email to see who is free for a coffee. After I have rounded up the usual suspects, we grab our DC branded Keep Cups and head out for a coffee, normal banter ensues.

11.00 AM

Now I am fully caffeinated I can zone in and get a large amount of work done. This is generally my most productive time of the day. I start by firing off some emails, which is a lot similar to hot potato, you don’t want to be the one with the potato in your hand. And if emails are out of your inbox, they are no longer your problem, until they all come back at once.

1.00 PM

Lunch time is here, I head to the staff room and reheat some left over roast veggies. The veggies don’t go far so I head to Amano and grab their coveted spicy chicken wood fired sandwich. Best. Sandwich. Ever. Sometimes I go for a stroll to get some air along the wharf before heading back in for the afternoon.

2.00 PM

Now I am fed I can get back to it after firing off a few more emails, I take a client through swearing an affidavit, prepare a due diligence checklist for a client’s business purchase, conduct some research into a guarantor’s obligations upon variation or extension of a lease. I call an Australian solicitor to instruct them to act for our NZ client looking to sell their Australian property.

3.00 PM

At 3pm the office grinds to a halt and we conduct the Stuff quiz. On a good day we get 13 +/15 on a bad day it’s 8, we generally hover around 12-13. It’s not as easy as spouting the right answer half the battle is convincing a room full of lawyers that you do in fact know the answer.

5.00 PM

Home time! Day has sped by and now it’s time to get into my active wear for the walk home, I generally leave the office between 5-5:30. My walk home is like the cool down for the day, by the time I get home I am relaxed and ready for my evening.

6:45 PM

I have spent the last hour chatting to family friends or stuck in a YouTube rabbit hole of watching videos on Japan or Japanese furniture making. But it’s time to do something active and head to Jiu Jitsu!

8:30 PM

I head home from the gym where I spent the past hour trying not to get choked by large sweaty men wearing funny outfits that resemble pyjamas. It sounds weird but its super fun.

9.00 PM

After a quick shower, I grab some dinner that my partner has made (also a lawyer) or grab something I prepared earlier. We sit down check in and see how each other’s day has gone and plan something for the weekend.

10.30 PM

I try to enforce a strict 10:30pm lights out but my partner is watching Love Island on her phone in bed, I let it slide because she brings me green tea and dark chocolate before I crash out.