Graeme Gunn – 2001 Scholarship winner
09 Jul 2019
- University Scholarship
The Snedden Hall & Gallop University Scholarship turns 21 this year! Since we first awarded the scholarships in 1999, we’ve helped almost 40 aspiring lawyers by providing financial assistance during the first three years of their university studies. Many scholarship winners have also been able to join our team, even if only for a short time.
To commemorate this significant birthday, we’re going through the archives to give you an update on where some of those young stars are now.
In this profile we see what Graeme Gunn has been doing since he won the scholarship in 2001.
Where is he now?
Graeme is a father of two boys and works as a Principle Lawyer at the Australian Federal Police.
How did he get there?
Graeme was attending Lake Tuggeranong College when he won the scholarship in 2001.
He was a part of the Snedden Hall & Gallop family between 2004 and 2010 – initially as a paralegal while he was studying at the Australian National University, and then as a lawyer primarily in litigation. Sadly – for us – he then moved to the Attorney-General’s Department where he progressed to Senior Legal Officer in the Financial Crime Section.
In 2014 Graeme moved to France to take up a position as Legal Analyst with the Organisation of Economic Cooperation Development (OECD) in Paris. His work within the OECD’s Anti-Corruption Division focused on combating corruption and bribery in international business transactions and managing the division’s outreach to China.
Graeme then completed a project on combating tax crime and corruption as a consultant for the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency. At the same time he helped the Attorney-General’s Department develop new legislation to combat economic crime.
What does Graeme say about the scholarship?
‘It changed my life.
At age 17, the prospect of this notorious ditherer choosing a path was daunting. Studying and practicing law, especially as the first lawyer in my family? Silly.
But that changed when my year 12 legal studies teacher gave me a shot at the SH&G scholarship. Just competing for it and meeting the SH&G team was a confidence boost. Winning it gave me a clearer direction, strengthened my resolve to study law, provided a welcome cash injection year on year as a student and gave me professional backing and support. It was like having Freddie Roach in my corner.
The scholarship also opened the door to practicing law at SH&G. The firm fostered and mentored my development from paralegal to lawyer, supporting me to take on increasingly complex cases as my career progressed. I was also given opportunity to develop broader business acumen and networking skills through a directorship training program. My years at SH&G enabled me to carve out a diverse career in the law (and to grasp the fundamentals of an epic Christmas party).
The other enduring quality of the scholarship is the lifelong connection to SH&G and its very fine people. ‘