Mark Woolley has come a long way since starting with the firm as a part-time clerk
Mark Woolley has a long history with McInnes Wilson, having commenced with the firm as a part-time clerk while at uni more than 25 years ago. Last year, he reaped the fruits of his loyalty when he was named one of the two joint managing principals at the firm.
Woolley is eager to help shape the firm’s direction and seeks to cultivate innovation and collaboration within McInnes Wilson. In this November 2023 interview, he shares what he learned from predecessor Paul Tully and the legacy he wants to leave as managing principal.
How did you react when you found out that you were going to be a managing principal at the firm?
I started at McInnes Wilson over 25 years ago as a part time clerk while at uni. McInnes Wilson has been an important part of my life since that time and I feel incredibly honoured to be able to continue the firm’s legacy. I recognise the trust placed in our executive team by the principals and look forward to the opportunity to shape the direction of the firm’s future with them.
What part of this new role are you most excited about?
I am excited about the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the firm’s strategic direction and growth. We have a talented group of lawyers and staff and I look forward to continuing to work with them to foster a culture of innovation and collaboration.
You’re succeeding Paul Tully, who was in the role for over 25 years – what in your opinion is the most important thing you have learned through his leadership?
The firm has evolved and reinvented itself many times over the last 25 years while remaining true to its origins. Under Paul’s leadership the firm has remained nimble and adaptable to changing industry, client and market pressures. I think that will remain an integral aspect of all decisions we make moving forward.
What are some challenges you anticipate facing as you commence in this role?
The legal industry as a whole faces a number of challenges currently and McInnes Wilson is no different. Front of mind are going to be issues such as the battle for talent, cyber security and innovation.
What’s your overall vision for McInnes Wilson?
McInnes Wilson has a proud history developed since 1975. Central to our growth and success has been our people. I want McInnes Wilson to continue to be a firm that provides the framework and infrastructure for people to develop and flourish on their chosen path.
What are you hoping to be known for in your tenure as a managing principal?
I would like to be remembered as someone who led by example, inspired others and contributed to the overall success and reputation of the firm. I aspire to leave a legacy of innovation and adaptability.