Michael started his legal career as an articled clerk in Sydney in 1971 at a salary of $20 per week. Because he realised that appearances were important he would appear at the old Supreme Court wearing a red vest with John & Merivale white with black stripes bell-bottoms. In those days you joined the Citizens Military Force so that if you were balloted in for Vietnam you didn't go as a grunt. Michael completed many military courses at Sydney University Regiment , including bomb disposal and when balloted out on his birthday in 1972, he was fast tracking to officer. In the mean time , whilst maintaining his acute dress sense , Michael decided that an accounting degree would lead to a higher pay so completed his BComm at UNSW , became a CPA and then returned to law. Michael completed the Barristers Admission Board , Sydney Uni course he started years before. Michael was an articled clerk at Allen Allen & Hemsley and then was called to the NSW Bar in March 1983 practicing in every area of the law , but mainly an Equity Barrister from the famous Blackstone Chambers. These chambers were well known for its law and its parties with the then Leader of the English Bar the honorary Leader of Blackstone Chambers. Michael was attracted to International Law and used his practice in PNG and later Gold Coast QLD to expand to South East Asia and the South Pacific. Michael has appeared before the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague Netherlands. Michael has a unique skill to cut through the issues and resolve them as fast as possible. Michael is the Principal of Avanti Lawyers an International and Commercial law firm still practising in most areas of the law and in most countries and still well dressed some 45 years later.
Kylie was the inspiration for Justice United and is committed to bringing important issues of community Justice to the forefront often involving the best professionals in their field. Kylie has been “hands on” for many years in Counselling and supporting those of us who have found themselves in a difficult personal situation with poor socio economic and legal resources to call on. Kylie has worked in the commercial sector for 15 years; attained Masters of Business Administration and she completed her Bachelor of laws at Griffith University in 2014. Kylie was admitted to the profession as a lawyer in 2016.