Michael has been a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth since 2009. He is married with a three-year-old daughter and lives in Western Sydney. Michael is very hands-on as primary care giver to his daughter due to his wife’s Federal parliamentary work commitments that, much like his own, involve long, irregular hours and extended travel.
As a lead partner in a national top tier law firm, an active member of the business community and the community in which he lives and supports, along with being a dedicated father and husband in a ‘power couple’ relationship, there are times when fitting it all in can be a challenge for Michael. Michael believes there is a need to focus on leadership and outputs to ensure a greater level of flexibility in how work is performed. Michael also believes the dialogue about workplace flexibility in professional service firms needs a fundamental rethink.
In an industry where ‘round the clock’ client service and availability is the norm, Michael feels a genuine responsibility and desire to challenge the assumption that flexibility is not for everyone. His vision is that the Equilibrium Man project will allow people to reconfigure their assumptions about workplace flexibility and make a long-lasting generational change.
He wants to champion a culture of excellence that applauds extracurricular success and does not judge people on visibility.