Called to serve others
Turner Freeman Lawyers
Words by Michael Serenc | Photo by Silvia Mogorovich
A LONG-HELD desire to help those doing it tough is what drives solicitor Andrea Turner every time she walks through the office front door.
The Turner Freeman Associate and Cairns branch manager has a big responsibility, dealing with any number of clients in compensation law and superannuation disability claims.
The daughter of a British police officer, Andrea developed a clear sense of right and wrong early in life.
Those principles were crystallised when she started working as a Compulsory Third Party (CTP) claims manager for an insurance firm in 2005 before deciding to study law at Charles Darwin University.
“I realised some of these people have gone from having everyday jobs and a normal life to being involved in a motor vehicle accident and their life being turned upside down,” Andrea explains.
“That’s when I realized I wanted to be on the other side of the table helping people through the process.”
Admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 2010, Andrea ensures her clients get the best possible advice and most importantly, a sympathetic ear.
“For me, it’s the challenge of being able to try and help someone who is vulnerable,” she says.
“I’ve been doing this for so long that I look back and think how privileged we are that our clients are letting us into their lives.”
The mum-of-two runs a tight ship at her Mulgrave Rd office where she was named a finalist in the Manager of the Year category in the 2017 Cairns Business Woman of the Year Awards.
But fighting for the underdog will always be Andrea’s passion.
“We will try and help anyone
that we can.”