Who is Monika Gajic?
A dedicated and striving young professional, I truly thrive in immersing myself in the theories that underpin our law, together with the commercial realities that shape and develop it. Invigorated by greater social and environmental issues on hand, I believe in solving ideological problems in logical ways: in other words, applying a passion for the law in a commercial context. I currently practice in Banking Services at Finlaysons, and am very lucky with the support I receive in my exposure to complex financial transactions, the mechanics of lending and the  used in supplanting advanced funds- I have learnt the (commercial) importance of mitigating risk and optimisation of mutual benefit. In this way, I find myself (in terms of professional practice) in the ‘area in between’ the environment and finance; global poverty and corporate benefit. Essentially, my idealism has been shaped by the pragmatic realities of the corporate sphere, and I believe in order to make a real difference, the relationship between each of those must be symbiotic. I am earnest, energetic, engaged and (I hope) engaging. I am both positive and a positivist lawyer, advocating natural and commercial legal rights.
What is the essence of your talk?
My talk gives an overview of the working life of young professionals, as a refreshing reflection of a profession that takes itself very seriously. Like most of my peers, in my attempt for credibility, I can be serious, professional and conservative. But I consider it important to maintain perspective and not be lost in the superficiality of formality. My talk attempts to reflect one of my underpinning beliefs- that in the power of humility. In depicting the legal practitioner’s day-to-day, my talk addresses why we are inherently trained to be forward-thinking and forward-moving; our tendencies to overcommit; and why we are terrible at accepting ‘Present’s (as well as compliments). The essence of my talk is to give insight into who I am and the causes that I advocate; to this end, I hope it to be, like I, is light-hearted but moving and sincere.
Why have you chosen this topic?
I hope that my enthusiasm for my ‘Space in Between’ is contagious. I am proud of what I am doing (otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it!), and hope to infect others with the same sense of excitement. I am an (under)commitmentphobe- I hate to say ‘no;’ I sign up for too much. And whilst I thrive on productivity and am motivated by action, I am coming to understand that on-going preoccupation with the step ahead can take you out of the bigger picture.
What 3 things would you find in the space between?
1) The Present
2) A billing code for having no billing code
3) The word ‘No’ (although I am yet to find how to use it).