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We are committed to ensuring our staff enjoy a healthy and balanced lifestyle. We believe in work / life balance and the importance of it being more than just a slogan.
The MullinsLifestyle program is designed to ensure we consider our own personal health and wellbeing, despite our busy schedules.
Over the course of the year we organise a variety of health, wellbeing and lifestyle activities. These range from pilates, boxing and running clubs; to language classes, book clubs and cooking classes; we have even done fencing, magic classes, trapeze lessons and Krav Maga. We aim to do quirky activities that staff find interesting and enjoyable.
We also regularly participate in the Cool Night Classic and Bridge to Brisbane.
We enjoy celebrating our staff's heritage and with a few of our staff being German or from German families, we decided to host an Oktoberfest themed evening for employees to enjoy. The evening began with an introduction into the history of the event and the traditional dirndls, followed by a German feast including pretzels and Obatzter (a Bavarian cheese delicacy).
It wouldn't have been an Oktoberfest without the traditional Oompah music to set the scene and gingerbread hearts personalised with Mullins Lawyers, as an added treat for all staff. The evening was an opportunity to celebrate together and taste delicious German food.
Annual Fun Day
Our annual weekend Fun Day is a great opportunity to get to know our colleagues outside of the office, as well as share the fun with our family members. This year's festivities were held at Gregory Terrace playing fields which provided plenty of room for the activities.
The jumping castle gladiator ring was an instant hit with the kids, while the adults challenged each other to a battle in the ring. Both the kids and big kids at heart were quick to have a game of laser skirmish. In between jumping and dodging laser beams and being gladiators, the music of the ice cream truck had everyone lining up for a cool treat.
The day was a relaxed, social event for our employees and their family members. A special thanks to the efforts of our staff members who organised the entertaining line-up of activities and coordination of the day.
Six of our staff learned the art of fencing by being coached at an introductory fencing workshop.
The lesson started with learning the rules of foil before challenging each other to a bout. The fun really began when employees were wired to the light box, allowing points to be scored when being the first to strike an opponent's armour.
Everyone enjoyed channelling their inner Zorro and agreed it was more strenuous than it initially appeared.
Ahead of the annual Melbourne Cup Day function at Mullins, 10 of our staff created their own fascinators at a professional millinery workshop.
With the patience and guidance of a professional milliner, stylish and colourful headpieces were crafted with netting, lace and feathers. We were impressed to see our employees express their creative sides and enjoy these evening sessions.
Pat, Matt and Associate Duncan hosted the event for more than twenty-five of our employees. Staff were provided with a brief overview of the origin of the whiskey being tasted and detailed explanations of the flavours experienced.
The evening began with the blended Johnnie Black, followed by the subtle flavours of Bushmills Whiskey and finishing with single malts including Laphroaig.
Whisky flavour notes were shared, with the staff favourites being the Bushmills (Irish) Whiskey and Glenfarclas.
Trivia night 2016
We all know lawyers can be competitive, so we put them to the test at our Trivia Night in April. Four teams competed ferociously for the self-satisfaction that only comes from beating others at trivia! Our Associates did a great job of hosting the evening, providing a mix of questions relating to the firm, sport, pop culture and general knowledge.
We like to think outside of the box with our staff events, and today we excelled at this with our Candle Making class. Staff brought along teacups, bowls, jars and vases to contain their carefully crafted candles. Our guest host led staff through the basics of candle making, including wax types, wax melting procedures, aromas and oils, wick-dipping, pouring and setting. Staff admitted they found the process of forming beautiful scented candles from plain wax and essential oils to be fascinating.
Throughout March, 14 of our toughest employees gathered in our common room to work on their boxing skills. At four Tuesday evening sessions, staff learnt how to throw a right hook, do an upper cut and, importantly, dodge punches!
Welcome back Wine Tasting
At the start of each year, we like to get everyone together to share their holiday news and get excited about the year ahead. This year, the Partners hosted a Welcome Back Wine Tasting with a selection of wines from Sirromet.
Several signature wines were sampled and enjoyed by staff together with a variety of cheeses. The favourite of the day was the 2012 Signature Collection Sparkling Red.
Recently staff members attended a four week comprehensive Yoga course. They learnt basic postures, breathing and meditation techniques from qualified instructor, Marika Wijchers.
Mullins Masterchef IV at Taste Brisbane
Sixteen of our best home cooks recently attended Taste Brisbane to learn a few culinary secrets from the talented Alison Taafe.
Alison (also known as "the Sassy Chef") taught us how to make tomato and roasted garlic bruschetta, handmade gnocchi with crispy bacon and sage, and an unmistakably Italian tiramisu. Coupled with a glass of red, the evening was fun, educational and delicious!
Riverfire and Family Fun Day
In 2015 we combined our annual Family Fun day with our Riverfire party at the Camp Hill Bowls club. There were fireworks, cupcakes, a magician, a bouncy castle and the opportunity for colleagues to enjoy a drink with their (and each other's) better halves.
Self defence Krav Maga Mondays
It's not often a law firm provides its lawyers a chance to punch their boss, but for the last month, that's exactly what we did! For four weeks, a number of our staff members attended Krav Maga classes.
The hour long sessions endeavoured to transform our people into experts at physically avoiding or defending themselves in an attack situation.
We would love to say learning these skills demonstrates how we can reduce risk in any situation (from legal risks to risk of physical attack!), but thought this might be stretching it a little to far
Jokes aside, the classes covered the basics of stance and weight distribution, punching and kicking, defending the head and body, and escaping from dangerous situations such as being choked, grabbed or approached by an attacker brandishing a weapon.
These sessions provided valuable lessons to keep our staff safe, as well as an added bonus of increased general health and fitness. However, everyone agreed the most important lesson they learned was that the best defence is avoidance of risky situations in the first place
For the last four weeks in May, Thursday lunchtimes were focused on finding our self awareness through meditation. 19 employees (from support staff through to partners) attended these 45 minute sessions which focused on breathing and relaxation techniques. Hosted by Logan Hurford of Holistic Services Group, the sessions provided useful tools to help clear the mind and relax in the busy world we live in.
As it was such a popular event last year, once again we took to the track and tested our employees' driving skills at the Eagle Farm Go Karting course. Our racing enthusiasts competed against one another for the top spot on the podium. The evening was divided into heats, with the top ten fastest drivers battling it out in the finals. It was great to see everyone's natural competitive behaviour and good sportsmanship.
Spring Cooking School
As part of our MullinsLifestyle program on 17 April twenty of our staff attended the Spring Cooking School on Felix Street.
Everyone took turns in preparing, cooking and eating parts of a Spanish feast including Tapas (Manchego, Jamon and Almond, Spanish Escabeche, Roasted Tomato and seasonal seafood, Tapenade and Chorizo and roasted peppers), Paella Valenciana and Turkish Delight Panna Cotta.
The cooking school is always a popular event and one we will definitely consider again for next year.