Get to know Karren Mo, Senior Associate and financial lines specialist

In our series of Q&As with our recently promoted senior lawyers, we get to know Karren Mo, Melbourne Senior Associate and financial lines specialist.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a Senior Associate at W+K

I joined W+K in 2015 as an Associate. I wanted to specialise in professional indemnity, and in particular financial lines and construction/infrastructure claims. Over time, my technical skills improved and I became more confident and wanted to take on more responsibility. After a chat with the Partners, they helped me progress my career to the next level. The whole process was straightforward and I’m thankful of how supportive the Partners were.

What made you decide to become a lawyer?

I was studying Commerce and Law and the plan was to become an accountant actually. I went as far as getting a major in accounting but realised I enjoyed studying law so decided to pursue this path instead, and I’m glad I did!

What is the best piece of advice (work or personal) you’ve been given?

To remember not to beat myself up over mistakes. Errors at work are inevitable but can be an incredibly important part of your career and personal growth.

What do you think is one of the biggest issues facing your area of insurance law?

What comes to mind is the Banking Royal Commission which I think will have some potentially significant implications for the insurance industry generally. There may be stricter regulation, class actions and prosecutions as a result of its findings. Advances in technology, an increase in regulatory investigations and cyber security issues are other interesting challenges ahead as well.

What do you enjoy most about working at W+K?

There is a great work culture at W+K. People are friendly, inclusive and willing to help each other. The work is challenging, varied and interesting. I am learning new things everyday. I am also given autonomy over my matters but I have the Partners’ guidance and support if required.

What do you get up to outside of law?

I like keeping active. In winter, I try to squeeze in a day trip to the snow when possible but otherwise you might find me going for a run on the weekend or (even better) hiking if the weather holds up!

Complete this sentence: If I wasn’t a lawyer, I would be

Working at a museum – can’t get enough of museums!

22/10/2018