Mentor and Lawyer
Bachelor of Economics
Bachelor of Laws
Certificate IV Training and Assessment
At Leo Cussen
Michael is a Mentor in Practical Legal Training, working with trainees in the full-time onsite course. He has responsibility for the Commercial and Corporate topic, including State Taxes and Trusts (shared with Debra Cherry). As part of his role, Michael instructs in Lawyer’s Skills and Work Management and Business Skills as part of the intensive foundation skills module at the commencement of the course. He also teaches in the Commercial and Corporate topic.
Michael also advises and acts on a pro bono basis for trainees appearing before the Board of Examiners on disclosure matters prior to admission to practice.
In addition to his role as Mentor, Michael is the principal of a busy general legal practice with an emphasis on commercial work, particularly acting for small business operators. He regularly undertakes pro bono work for start-up business entrepreneurs. Michael’s practice employs two former Leo Cussen graduates as lawyers.
Michael has practised continuously as a lawyer since 1983.
Before Leo Cussen
Following a short period with a merchant bank, Michael commenced his legal career with a general practice and remained in private practice for 12 years, 10 years as a partner in the firm. During this period, Michael acted for clients in a diverse range of matters from civil litigation to commercial and property matters to family and criminal law.
Michael has also worked as a volunteer with the Monash Springvale Legal Service and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
Michael is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria.
Michael has a particular interest in the drafting of commercial documents and the use of technology in commercial and property transactions.
For the past 15 years, Michael has also been a guest lecturer for the federal government New Enterprise Incentive Scheme, lecturing start-up business entrepreneurs on the legal issues facing business operators.