Award win sees surge in trust, says legal counsel
The winner of the Corporate Counsel Award in 2021 has reported that trust levels and career opportunities rose following his victory.
Senior legal counsel at a major financial institution Michael Chin was crowned Financial Services Lawyer of the Year at the Corporate Counsel Awards in 2021, after which he reported that the level of trust in him rose not only within his organisation but in the wider marketplace.
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Mr Chin, who is passionate about digital payments systems and the financial services sector, was previously legal counsel at a payments solution company told Lawyers Weekly that he has progressed to senior legal counsel at an Australian financial institution since winning the award.
“The award was a very meaningful recognition by my peers in the legal industry,” he said.
“It has spurred me to improve myself continuously as a lawyer to help others.”
Describing his achievements, Mr Chin said he is proud to be serving his community of small businesses and merchants by using his legal skills and promoting contactless, digital payments and capabilities during the pandemic.
“As you know, people don’t use cash so much now, so I was there to help people by promoting digital payments and showing its capabilities by using my legal skills,” he explained.
The 2022 Corporate Counsel Awards is being held on Thursday, 5 May 2022, at The Star in Sydney. The deadlines for the submissions and nominations close on Friday, 25 February, with finalists to be announced in March.
Mr Chin underscored the importance of the law profession supporting and motivating each other and, as such, encouraged in-house lawyers to nominate themselves and their peers for the 2022 Corporate Counsel Awards.
“Australia is currently going through a very difficult time so it’s important for us to support each other, and motivate and spur the legal industry to raise their hands and be recognised through programs such as the Corporate Counsel Awards,” he said.
“It’s not always about triumph and winning the award. Sometimes, taking part and going through the struggle is equally as important to grow. I hope this will inspire other lawyers to participate in the awards program and encourage them to compete.”