Michael initially studied history at university, and after graduation, gave considerable thought to what career would best suit his skillset. He decided upon law, feeling that he could either pursue a career in the legal world or use the transferrable skills to enter a different industry.
His studies spanned the Legal Practice Course in England, and the Manx Bar exams on the Isle of Man, with his previous employer paying for him to sit the latter.
Having to study while working a full-time job wasn’t without its pressures, but a lot of Michael’s learning and experience has come while working on the job.
'While studying law in England, there wasn’t a particular emphasis on the financial sector, so I didn’t really have any expectations,' says Michael.
'The work I have done to date with my former employer and M&P on the island, has been gratifying, as you get to see a matter to its conclusion in which all parties are (hopefully) happy with the outcome.'
The progressive nature of a career in the professional services sector will see Michael become a senior advocate in 2022, with hopes to become a director of a law firm within the next 10 years, an achievable aspiration.
Working for M&P Legal, Michael’s days are varied and different, and he gets the opportunity to directly assist clients, something that he enjoys.
'The profession is extremely rewarding, and I certainly have a great work-life balance. There are lots of social events organised by the Isle of Man Law Society, and advocates – as a profession – are quite a tight-knit bunch, and it is enjoyable meeting them in more social situations.'