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Michael has been practising in the real estate conveyancing area since 1997 and he is an experienced property lawyer and conveyancer. Michael has a strong base of knowledge and experience from assisting hundreds of clients in this field. Michael has acted on the sale of St George’s Terrace office towers to farms and almost everything in between.
In 2011, Michael led the firm’s remodelling of its services around NewLaw ideals and its brand Flat Rate Settlements was born. Flat Rate Settlements radically transformed the real estate settlements industry in Western Australia. Its flat rate pricing model introduced real competition to the industry and reduced prices for buyers and sellers.
Now an established leader in the Perth settlements and conveyancing marketplace, Flat Rate Settlements provides a practical suite of solutions for clients buying and selling real estate, at advertised fixed prices.
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.