Michael Gill is a titan of the law industry in Australia. Since graduating from university in 1970, he has accomplished so much.
Michael has worked at DLA Piper in Sydney for over 50 years, taking roles as Chairman, Managing Partner and Consultant
He has been the president of the law society of NSW, the president of the Law Council of Australia and established the Australian Insurance Law Association.
Michael is also a life member of the law society of NSW.
🤝 Connect with Michael
Get in touch with Gilly via his email: Michael.gill at outlook.com.au
👇 Episode Takeaways
Work is Life
During the interview, Gilly spoke about how when work becomes something you aren't just doing to pass the time, it is really powerful.
It's time we really sat down and actually thought about our work, not just as something that we have to get out of the way so we can get back to enjoying ourselves, but something that is actually enjoyable in itself.
Conquer Imposter Syndrome with Help
We spoke to Gilly about imposter syndrome. He was named a partner at his law firm after only 1 year, it's likely that he would have felt entirely out of his depth! He said that what helped him was that he never felt alone. He always had people to call on to support him. This is something we can all do in times of doubt, call on those to help you through.
In the Zone
One really interesting insight I had from this chat with Gilly was his ritual before meetings. He would close his eyes and take himself to a place of calm before the meeting, and then conduct the meeting from his best self. This is a great practice that we can all adopt to be more present through the work day.
📝 Show Notes
00:00 #16 Michael Gill
02:32 Gilly's Experience at University
08:17 What are the articles of clerkship?
12:57 The Start of Gilly's Career
17:06 Difference Between a Solicitor and a Barrister
18:53 Gilly's First Job in Law
25:34 What is work?
32:03 Gilly's Favourite Lawyers
36:29 When Money isn't fulfilling you
44:50 When Gilly Found Himself
51:45 Gilly's experience overseas
58:52 Is Gilly Driven or Relaxed
01:07:42 How Gilly Dealt with Imposter Syndrome
01:15:52 Gilly's Rituals and Practices
01:25:30 The most interesting case that Gilly has worked on
01:32:33 Gilly's Advice for New Graduates
01:41:47 How To Contact Gilly