Lisa Christo has been promoted to the position of Senior Associate at NDA Law as the firm demonstrates its commitment to building the careers of young lawyers with the provision of ongoing mentoring to aid career development and commercial experience.

Ms Christo has worked at the firm since 2015 after graduating with a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce and has built a specialisation in commercial law, estate planning and taxation.

She has worked on a number of high-level projects over the past year, including managing a contracts register as part of the due diligence process for a $130 million business.

While NDA Law has won a swag of national awards over the past five years (most recently as a finalist in the 2020 Women in Law Awards for Boutique Diversity Firm and Innovator of the Year), Lisa Christo has also been recognised for her work with a listing as a national finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 Awards, and coming in the top four finalists for the Law Society of South Australia’s Young Lawyer Award for 2020.

NDA Law’s Managing Director Joshua Davies said Ms Christo’s promotion reflected the firm’s commitment to offering unique career-building opportunities within a boutique legal environment.

“The provision of excellent legal services requires our people to really understand the current commercial environment and the client experience of managing a business. Unfortunately, that kind of acumen is often missing in many graduates. It can be difficult to offer the best legal advice to many clients without that deeper understanding.”

Mr Davies said lawyers like Ms Christo made a significant contribution to the development and growth of a legal practice. He said smaller firms often had a chance to offer career opportunities not always available elsewhere.

“Boutique legal firms while smaller can provide mentoring opportunities and the chance for commercial experience much earlier for bright young lawyers. Our firm has always been about gender equity at all levels and offers a real commitment to using meaningful performance development programs to build the careers of our people.”

NDA Law runs a unique board mentorship program finding early-stage lawyers a place on local not- for-profit boards which provides them with guided opportunities to develop better commercial acumen, leadership training, and a deeper level of community involvement.

Mr Davies said he was impressed with Ms Christo’s performance.

“Lisa has shown outstanding leadership ability, developed strong expertise, and has demonstrated a dedication to outstanding client service. We are delighted to launch 2021 with the announcement of her promotion.”