Following her partner’s posting, Jacqueline used the move an opportunity to start her own legal firm, TBA Law, in 2012.
When her partner was posted to Puckapunyal, Jacqueline was worried about the impact moving would have on her career – where it was likely to she wouldn’t be able to progress in the way she desired it to or that for it to progress, she would be required to commute to Melbourne every day.
Utilising her experience of previous postings to Puckapunyal, Jacqueline noticed a gap in the number of solicitors available in Central Victoria and took her partner’s posting as an opportunity to directly support her local community while also progressing her career.
As Jacqueline says, “I wanted to provide quality legal services which were efficient and responsive, and not arrogant or overpriced. I wanted to serve the community in which I lived.”
Through her business she has been able to provide a pathway for regional law students to get hands-on industry experience, and has grown her business to attract clients from broader Victoria, benefitting the local economy.
Jacqueline has continued to support those in her community, employing both veteran partners and former members of the ADF.
Beyond supporting the defence community, Jacqueline has also founded Legally Wise Women, offering legal support to women who are unable to afford proper legal representation.