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Michael has been practising family law since 1999 and is an experienced family lawyer. For over 15 years, Michael was a general family law practitioner, representing clients both in and out of the Family Court in matters concerning parenting, property and financial settlement, child support and maintenance.
In 2017, Michael remodelled the firm’s family law services around NewLaw ideals and its brand Resolution Family Law was born. Resolution Family Law provides a specialist suite of fixed-price solutions for clients in family law property matters. RFL’s focus is on consent-related matters and practical outcomes. It also provides effective representation using a collaborative practice model wherever possible.
Michael has been a partner of Birman & Ride since July 2009. Birman & Ride is a modern Australian law firm with a tight-knit, multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, legal executives, accountants and software developers. Under Michael’s leadership, the firm has moved away from its generalist roots; choosing instead to target specific markets where it can make a difference and deliver services its team enjoys providing, which makes it easier to do it well.
The firm uses sophisticated legal management software ContactsLaw and innovative service delivery to overcome traditional barriers to accessing the legal system. Michael is a director of legal technology company ContactsLaw Practice Management Software and plays a key role in the design and development of the software.
Michael graduated from Murdoch University in 1996 with degrees in Law and Commerce and joined the firm as an articled clerk the same year. He was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1997. He is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia.
Outside the office, Michael contributes to many community groups. He is the chairperson of the board of a local Independent Public School. He is a trustee of the charitable fund of Fremantle Chamber Orchestra Pty Ltd and the orchestra's principal clarinet. He is the web editor and clarinettist with the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra. Michael is an age-group co-ordinator at Subiaco AFC Soccer Club.