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Partner Profile: Matthew Beazley

Partner Profile: Matthew Beazley

Every week we ask a law firm partner a series of rapid-fire questions about their career. This week: Russell Kennedy's Matthew Beazley.

Which firm are you with?

Russell Kennedy

 When did you join that firm?

May 2012

 When were you made a partner of that firm?

May 2012

Which firm were you with most recently before taking up your current position?

Norton Rose

What practice group are you with?

Government, Planning and Commission

 What do you like about being a lawyer?

I enjoy the fact that, in life, there are always two sides to a story, and having the opportunity to persuade a decision maker that your client’s position is the appropriate outcome is exciting.  My area of practice is a bit different to the traditional commercial law practice, in that it deals with built form and the environment.  Fortunately, as a lawyer practicing in town planning, I am able to get out of the office to inspect the interesting urban and rural environments that we are arguing about in the Tribunal.

 What do you find challenging?

Appearances as an advocate are always challenging, but my wife is also a lawyer and she generally gets the better of me on most arguments.

 What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Being with my family.  My seven-year-old son and four-year-old daughter are a hoot.  AFL footy, cricket, horse racing and golf are favourite pastimes and I love to cook.

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