Getting to know Toola Marcou
Getting to know Toola MarcouThursday, 9 March 2017
What was your job prior to opening your own firm?
I previously worked in the Commonwealth Public Service, with my last position being a training officer – I was also a union delegate for the Victorian branch of the Department and a National delegate. My love of advocacy grew through my union role, and led me to pursue a legal career. After graduating with the Dean’s Medal (for excellence in undergraduate Law), I first worked as a criminal lawyer for Robert Stary. Robert is principal of specialist criminal law practice, Stary Norton Halphen. I then moved into the Community Legal Centre (CLC) sector, becoming a Principal Solicitor. Like legally aided work, CLCs provide vulnerable Victorians with improved access to justice, something I strive to continue in my current role in private practice.
How long have you been a panel practitioner and what attracted you to do legally aided work?
I have been a VLA panel practitioner from 2006, first in the CLC setting. In my current role as Principal Solicitor at Marcou & Associates Pty Ltd, I carry out legally aided work assisting vulnerable Victorians with their family law matters.
What is your role and what do you do?
I am the Principal Solicitor of Marcou & Associates Pty Ltd. We are a boutique firm mainly working in family law, and associated family violence intervention order matters.
Tell us about one of the key issues in your area of practice
The impact of family violence on our clientele and their children.
What is your favourite saying or quote and why?
Life gives you a second chance, it’s called tomorrow.
What has been the most memorable (unforgettable) moment in your life thus far and why?
The birth of my daughter has been the most fulfilling and unforgettable moment of my life. My daughter continues to provide inspiration and unconditional love; nothing compares to that.
On a lighter note, a memorable series of moments was attending a marathon of Bruce Springsteen concerts in 2013 and 2014. More recently, in February 2017 I rocked at another three of the Boss’ concerts – for anyone who has seen and heard him live, they will know he certainly empties the tank every time on stage. I hope I have his energy, work ethic and strong social justice convictions when I turn 67 like him!
Which three people (living or dead) would you like to invite to a dinner party and why?
Leo Tolstoy, Stephen Hawking and the fourteenth Dalai Lama - to contemplate life and the meaning of same.
What is your favourite book and why?
Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. It is such a moving story and brilliantly written by Tolstoy, it is not just a love story, but about hypocrisy. I have read it many times and it still moves me greatly.
Toola leads the team of family lawyers at Marcou & Associates Lawyers.
Toola has many successes in the Family law Courts and has gained a reputation for her longstanding commitment to social justice.
She was originally admitted to practice in 2005 and commenced practising as a criminal lawyer. In 2006, Toola moved into Family Law, practising in the community and private sectors, leading her to open Marcou & Associates Lawyers in 2012. Toola prioritises empathy and understanding for clients who find the legal system confusing.
Toola is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and a member of the Law Institute of Victoria.