Five minutes with…Sarah Scott, Simpson Grierson

by Sophie Schroder01 Dec 2014
Simpson Grierson senior associate Sarah Scott was a Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year finalist at the recent NZ Law Awards. She tells us about being a skier, and why she loves her job.

What made you decide to become a lawyer?

There's no inspiring nor glamourous reason here.  As I was growing up I was set on being a country vet, but after being robbed whilst checking out Massey University, Otago became the obvious choice.  Ironically that event in Palmerston North sketched out my career.  A good friend was taking first year law, so I slipped the paper in between others I'd signed up for.  Never looked back.

How long have you worked at Simpson Grierson for and what brought you to that position?
Coming up 7 years (I'm one of those summer clerk stayers), although with some travel in the middle and a stint in each of Simpson Grierson's three offices – now landed in Christchurch. 

You’re based in Christchurch – where’s the best place to go for a drink and/or dinner after work?
Tough call.  Bars and restaurants are opening up constantly in Christchurch and there's now no complaining about a lack of quality options.  Sunshine and convenience are key - so Brick Farm, Harlequins and Hotel Montreal all get my vote.   

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given (work or personal)?
Dream big but live in the moment, as it is the moments in life that you truly value.  

Do you have any hobbies/interests outside of work?
One would hope so!  Skiing – I love the freedom and the bond that those who love the mountains share.  On the skis is pretty much where you will find me during the winter - the local club fields and a family Bach near Ohau definitely made the decision to move back to the South Island an easier one.

Complete this sentence: If I wasn’t a lawyer, I would be…
Travelling. Or skiing, perhaps combining the two.

What do you love about your job?
I'm currently advising Christchurch City Council on its district plan review – a truncated and contentious recovery/rebuild planning project with a strong focus on the regeneration of Christchurch.  The deadlines and expectations aren't pretty – but I love that my job allows me to be so heavily involved in a project that will help define and shape the future of this City.  I suspect in five or so years that will be pretty rewarding.